With foodie imports from Sydney, Melbourne, London and New York moving to Hong Kong, it’s no surprise that the brunch scene in the city has taken off, with some of its best restaurants dishing out global fare to the weekend crowds. From hotels that offer all the classics to neighbourhood haunts serving smashed avocado on toast, bakeries that make their own sourdough and Japanese restaurants taking advantage of the term ‘brunch’, there’s plenty to love. Whether it’s free-flow Champagne and dim sum or a nutrient-rich juice with eggs you’re after, we’ve chosen the best brunches — both naughty and healthy — to enjoy in Hong Kong.

Duddell’s

Contemporary Hong Kong art serves as the backdrop to elevated Cantonese cuisine at Duddell’s in Central, while its large outside terrace with low-set striped sofas is the perfect place to spend a slow weekend. Brunch here is an indulgent affair with delicious and unlimited dim sum, small plates and free-flow Veuve Clicquot Champagne, espresso martinis, bellinis and aperol spritz. Fill out a traditional teahouse slip listing the dim sum — the Duddell’s shrimp dumplings and steamed vegetable bun get our vote — snacks of crispy eggplant, salt and pepper, and mains of sauteed beef with ginger and fiery Kung Po prawns, and then wait for bamboo baskets and stylish ceramics filled with your Cantonese favourites.

Package price: $788 per adult with bottomless drinks. 

Level 3 Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell St, Central; duddells.co

Elementary

This Tai Hang staple is a diner-esque brunch spot serving up a menu of Asian, European, and Middle Eastern inspired dishes. It’s run by husband and wife duo Alex and Danielle Malouf, the restaurateurs behind Kennedy Town’s Mama Malouf and The Catch, who dish out impeccable food in a laid-back space. From peachy panna cotta with home made granola and berry yoghurt to Aussie-favourite smashed avocado, poached eggs, feta and beetroot on multigrain toast, and ‘Dirty Eggs’ with paprika potatoes, kidney beans and chipotle mayo, there’s plenty of exciting twists on much-loved classics. 

15-16 School Street, Tai Hang, Causeway Bay; elementary.hk

Limewood

This breezy beachside seafood and BBQ joint in Repulse Bay has recently launched a brunch menu, inspired by Balinese breakfasts on the beach. Catching the early birds, from 9am to 11am, the menu fuses international flavours, from huevos rancheros and bacon and egg roti to croissants slathered in peanut butter and house-made waffles served sweet or savoury. Lighter options include a creamy chia and almond milk pudding or the ‘Green Brekkie Bowl’ packed full of superfoods – perfect post-hike, with a fresh ‘remedy’ juice. To counteract this goodness, and to get your weekend started, are bloody marys and rum-spiked coffees because, why not?

Shop 103/104 The Pulse, 28 Beach Rd, Repulse Bay; limewood.hk

Zuma

One of the better known brunch spots in town, Zuma’s twist on traditional izakaya dining has garnered it fans around the world from London to Hong Kong. At its location in Landmark, the interiors are sleek, modern and totally luxe with a bar and staircase that light up, charcoal ceilings and lots of stone. This compliments bold flavours and technical excellence — Zuma uses a charcoal robata grill to give its fish and meats a smokey taste, while sashimi and sushi feature the freshest of fish.

Package price: $988 per adult for 2.5 hours of free-flow champagne. 

Level 5&6 Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central; zumarestaurant.com

Hue

With show-stopping views of Victoria Harbour from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Kowloon, Hue is the ultimate special-occasion brunch. Bring guests from out-of-town or simply treat yourself to an Australian brunch, kicked off with homemade sourdough with house-smoked New Zealand butter. Then it’s time for buffalo milk burrata with charred broccolini and hazelnuts, a house-smoked wagyu pastrami with smoked egg gribiche, and an ocean trout with whipped cod roe and salmon eggs. Save room for the fig and frangipane cake.

Price: From HK$380 per person

Hong Kong Museum Of Art, 1/F – inside HKMoA, 10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui; huedining.com.hk

Cornerstone

Following the success of his Michelin-starred Arcane, Shane Osborn’s new restaurant in Soho is an altogether more casual affair. The space itself is minimalist but charming, there’s a duck-egg blue banquette that’s almost retro, serene images of abstracted snowy forests on the walls and its small, only seating about 25 people in total. The brunch dishes out favourites from the a la carte menu such as the tartare and steak sandwich, along with classic fare that includes French toast and eggs Benedict.

Price: From HK$118

49 Hollywood Rd, Central

aqua

 

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Another hit in terms of views is aqua at One Peking in Kowloon — it has impressive floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto Hong Kong island, while seriously swanky interiors inside make aqua feel like a treat. It’s brunch is a celebration of Japanese and Italian cooking,  starting with sashimi and sushi before moving onto tempura prawns and vegetables or Italian mussels, a gnocchi vongole with clams, then stone grilled scallop or beef. Drinks include everything from Mirabeau Rose to Ruinart Champagne, mimosas or a Bloody Mary, served spicy.

Price: From $688 per adult with free-flow

One Peking, 29+30F, Peking Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui; aqua.com.hk

Baked

South African chef Zahir Mohamed’s hole-in-the-wall bakery and all-day dining destination on Elgin Street serves up the ultimate weekend treats — cinnamon buns ooze with pistachio and cream cheese frosting, mushrooms on homemade sourdough toast (the ‘Oh My God’) comes in a trio of cream mozzarella and truffle pate and is topped with a poached egg, while parmesan and spinach buns are flaky and delicious. Everything is made in house from the basil infused hollandaise that drowns eggs benedict to the naturally leavened brioche and challah bread, and it pays off. Coffee is strong and  sweet — a blend you won’t find elsewhere, custom made by Roastwork for Baked. 

NINETYs

Hot off the success of its first Wan Chai branch, NINETYs’ newest location next to the Mid-Levels Escalator is off to a roaring start with frequent (but manageable) queues for its brunch. The cafe’s Aussie-style offerings are as Instagrammable as they are delicious – think the likes of lap cheong sausage scrambled eggs served on apricot and walnut bread, and lobster benedict with salty egg hollandaise. For those who want to sample a bit of everything, the brunch board allows you to mix and match tasting portions of a few dozen brunch classics with a twist. The concise coffee menu utilises beans from Zest Specialty Coffee in Australia and Taster’s Coffee from Taiwan, while artisanal teas from Tippity Tea Australia round up the drinks selection.

2-4 Shelley St, Central; ninetys.com.hk

The Optimist

For those weekend Iberian cravings, head to The Optimist’s semi-buffet brunch. The sumptuous menu starts off with a buffet station of cold cuts, before moving into three starters for sharing. The individual mains are split between meats and seafood, ranging from Charcoal Roasted Chicken to Mediterranean Whole Seabass “A La Espalda” and Chateaubriand. The additional free-flow package encourages indulging on prosecco, sangria, Estrella beer and various Spanish wines, while individual cocktails are also available for the more measured drinkers among us. Meanwhile, a three-course kids menu means the whole family is catered to.

Price: HK$348 per person; additional free-flow package HK$180; kids menu HK$98

G/F, 239 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai; theoptimist.hk

The Tai Pan

Set in the gleaming halls of The Murray, The Tai Pan offers a lavish Sunday brunch for the city’s well-heeled. Available between 12.30–3pm, the semi-buffet menu prompts diners towards the salad, seafood, cheese and carvery stations, while freshly shucked oyster platters are served table-side. For the main course, guests can choose between dishes like Grilled Angus Beef Flank Steak, Roasted Corn-Fed Chicken Roulade or Roasted White Miso Cod Fish. To wash it all down, opt for an additional drinks package that encompasses everything from Ruinart champagne and variations of the Bloody Mary, to Aperol spritzes and selected wines.

Price: HK$598 per person, additional drinks package HK$298

UG/F, The Murray, 22 Cotton Tree Dr, Central; niccolohotels.com

Felix

 

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Previously only open for dinner, diners can now enjoy the renowned Felix’s stunning daytime harbour view over Sunday brunch. The semi-buffet menu features gourmet buffet stations for seafood, customised egg dishes and desserts galore. Main courses are made to order by chef de cuisine Juan Gomez, while unlimited cocktails are available for as an add-on. Meanwhile, a live Latin band provides the perfect complement to the food and the views.

Price: HK$898 per adult, HK$638 per child

The Peninsula Hong Kong, 28/F, Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui; peninsula.com