Start your day off right with our roundup of the city’s best brunches.
This Sai Ying Pun hotspot is led by one of Hong Kong’s most passionate chefs, Nathan Green. Green is constantly thinking of inventive ways to eat meat, serving them up in a rustic, comfort food style. There are different brunch menus on Saturdays and Sundays, with minor differences such as eggs benedict on the former and specials with potato hash and béarnaise on the latter.
For those craving a Sunday roast, Rhoda offers a hearty option every week with a roast Wild Hereford striploin, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, red cabbage, peas with bacon, and more. Recently, it’s also launched a ‘whole hog’ twist on the weekend roast, which will be available every third Saturday of the month. Stretchy pants, children and pets are all welcome here. Free flow options are available.
345 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun,
2177 5050, rhoda.hk
TokyoLima is one of the top spots in town for Japanese-Peruvian food. Their “omacasa” brunch is a great option for trying a large selection of their offerings at a reasonable price, especially given the amount of food served. The chefs have pre-selected four small plates, two Nikkei raw plates and a dessert—all diners need to do is choose a main course each from the six options available.
Highlights include the ki-mo-chi fried chicken, ceviche classico with sea bass and tiger’s milk, and grilled black cod. This stylish restaurant has no windows, and feels like a short escape away from Central’s bustling crowds. Free flow options are available.
Car Po Commercial Building, G/F, 18-20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 2811 1152, tokyolima.hk
Uma Nota might be known as much for its cheerful decor as it is for the street style Brazilian food it serves. Its Brunch da Rua menu is based on Sabado de Boteco, a Sao Paulo tradition of getting together over drinks and snacks on weekend mornings to cure a hangover.
For drinks, there’s a small but solid list including caipirinhas, cocktails, and red and white wines. Food runs the gamut from fried pasteis, to fresh ceviches, to a variety of grilled skewers and larger meat dishes. With its chilled-out bohemian Sao Paulo vibe and delicious food and drinks, it’s a great place to enjoy a lazy brunch. Free flow options are available.
38 Peel St, Central, 2889 7576, uma-nota.com
Casa Lisboa is a great option for contemporary Portuguese cuisine. Here innovative cooking techniques meet modern presentation, and it all happens in a charming blue-and-white-accented space with lots of natural daylight. The menu is heavily meat and seafood based, with options including codfish cakes, garlic octopus, balacau and suckling pig. The eight course brunch at Casa Lisboa is an opportunity to explore different Portuguese flavours in one go. Free flow options are available.
2/F Parekh House, 63 Wyndham Street, Central, 2905 1168, casalisboa.com.hk
Located in Pacific Place, Commissary is a sunny Southern California-inspired spot that offers up classic brunch dishes in a cute, relaxed environment. There are many crowd pleasers on the menu. Lighter options include house granola with stewed fruit, avocado toast with a five-minute egg, and buttermilk biscuits with strawberry preserves. Those looking for something heartier may opt for the shrimp and grits, fish tacos, or Southern fried chicken sandwich with fries. Not to be missed is the pastry counter, with goods baked in house each morning. The buttery muffins are a standout.
Shop 405, 4/F Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Central, 2602 0707, commissary.hk
For a Melbourne-style coffee shop experience, check out Brew Bros. The coffee here is excellent, with beans brought in from Market Lane in Melbourne. The food is simple and light but executed well. The classics—eggs benedict, smashed avocado on toast, super kale salad—are all available. The daily specials are also worth a look, with past options including a matcha bircher muesli with fresh fruit. This is a bright, airy spot for a chilled out catch-up with friends.
Mercato is a casual chic spot for Italian food by three Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The food here is fresh and accessible, with popular dishes including the kale salad with mint and peas, airy deep fried calamari, pizzas and pastas. As for dessert, the cinnamon buns with icing always go down well and are good for sharing. The space is large and open, slightly industrial but cosy. It’s refined comfort food in a convenient location, and the prices are reasonable. Free flow options are available.
8/F, California Tower, 32 D’Aguilar St, Central, 3706 8567, mercato-international.com
Ole Spanish Restaurant
Ole is celebrating its 18th anniversary this year, quite a feat for a restaurant in Hong Kong’s competitive dining scene. Its brunch, offered on Saturdays and public holidays, is an extensive array of the restaurant’s most popular dishes. Everything is served to table, rather than through a buffet. There are twelve tapas and three main courses; the only decisions diners need to make are which of the four desserts to have. The menu is a good mix of meat and seafood, and includes Spanish classics such as padron peppers, tortilla, paella and suckling pig. Free flow options are available.
Shun Ho Tower, 24-30 Ice House St, Central, 2537 8856, olespanishrestaurant.com.hk
Started by former Masterchef UK winner Judy Joo, Jinjuu has made a name for itself in modern Korean cooking. Recently, the restaurant has undergone a menu revamp which includes a new brunch offering. Now there are seven all-you-can-eat options for appetizers, five options for a main course, one dessert platter, and an unlimited candy bar. Highlights for the appetizers include the succulent chicken skewers with a soy glaze and black garlic aioli, and chargrilled corn with butter honey and chili mayo. For the mains, the kalbi hotteok and Korean fried chicken are hits, with the latter utilizing a top secret vodka-based batter. Service is attentive and it’s a funky spot to enjoy a long meal. Free flow options are available.
UG, California Tower, 32 D’Aguilar Street, Central, 3755 4868, jinjuu.com
Mandarin Oriental’s Clipper Lounge Sunday Brunch has legendary status in Hong Kong, and there’s nowhere better to while away a rainy Sunday afternoon. Fresh lobster, crab, sashimi and sushi abound, not to mention the dim sum, duck pancakes, noodles, curries and more. Take your time and do a sweep of what’s on offer before starting. To fill up too quickly and have to forfeit the carvery would be a disaster. Once you’ve had all the savoury you can stomach, pay a visit to the dessert counter (hot, cold, pastries and ice cream) and finish things off with a cheese plate. A real treat, ideal for birthdays and special occasions.
Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road, Central, 2825 4007