Modern urban-chic Italian eaterie with a great dining room sandwiched between ground-floor and rooftop bars that ticks all the boxes for weekend brunch with its upbeat ambience, professional service and a drinks menu that delivers in an unfussy but fairly priced manner. Its cheerful workaday demeanour is reflected by the friendly, efficient staff, and what’s not to like about garlicky white wine mussels and fritto misto, truffle tagliatelle or lobster risotto washed down with Prosecco or Bloody Marys?
Where: 30/F, No 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
Kitchen at The W Hotel hits all the right marks come the weekend when buckets of fizz compete with a range of other refreshments together with a menu touting everything from continential to eggs benedict, dim sum, congee or oysters (be prepared to queue). Presentation is first-rate and staff go out of their way to ensure your experience is nothing but a pleasure. Generally speaking the ex-pats and urbane Hong Kongers generally stick to the island rather than Kowloon (TST is in Kowloon) with the exceptions of iconic hotels and amazing views. W Hotel falls into both categories, and the views across the harbour are thrown in for free.
Where: 1 Austin Road West, 6F, Kowloon
Window-side tables and intimate booths, one row back, provide grandstand views across the Hong Kong waterways whatever the occasion. But brunch (12-3pm) is a weekend occasion that offers flair and fizz in equal measure, be it for a sakura and sake meal or something more traditional like pork gyoza dumplings or risotto. Try a variety of sashimi, sushi or rolls, or perhaps simply a plate of Mediterranean oysters. Free-flow drinks mean Crémant, Clicquot or Dom Perignon, all at different prices and there are copious cocktails, wine and sake if you’re looking to dodge bubbles.
Where: 29&30F, One Peking, Tsim Sha Tsui
Fans herald the Zuma brunch as the best in the city and that may be true if you’re looking for high design, top cocktails and modern Japanese food with plenty of sass. The Landmark, in the heart of central, is certainly fun to visit, with its garden terrace, dramatic spiral staircase, and see-and-be-seen crowd all adding ambience and sparkle.
Where: Landmark, Level 5 & 6, 15 Queen's Road, Central
The Grill is the outdoor, poolside option at the Grand Hyatt to which the jeunesse dorée flock at the weekend, for brunch that is an institution and a huge treat, so check out the day passes for the spa. And, hey, what's not to like about this de-stressing respite from the hustle and bustle of downtown Hong Kong, with its garden, poolside setting and menu replete with grilled food, fruit and vegetable blends and specialty ice teas.
Where: 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
There’s more to a French breakfast than café au lait and a Gauloise as you will discover here for weekend brunch when steak frites with a fresh salad provides both comfort and ease of choosing. But that’s not all you’ll be signing up for at this classic French bistro. It’s reliably great fun and an institution for regulars. Expect live music, bottomless bubbles, house wine…oh, and “as much steak frites as you can handle”. Let the party begin.
48 Peel Street, Soho, Central
This elegant, relaxed place is a perfect staging post come the weekend, when Hong Kong’s style crowd (with means) flock by for some sharing food that might include honey-glazed barbecued pork, signature spring rolls or pork and shrimp dumplings with scallops and caviar. Soft drinks and juices are offered, but glasses of free-flow Veuve Clicquot and cocktails like Espresso Martini or Bloody Mary are the mainstays and quaffed in large numbers.
Where: Level 3, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central
The atmosphere at this popular neighbourhood destination is absolutely as it should be – garrulous and buzzing, particularly at the lively bar downstairs. Rustic Italian cuisine, with a particularly good line in authentic Napoletana pizza and first rate mushroom risotto, is just the ticket, aided by easy-on-the-wallet wines and cocktails and service that is spot-on. Come the weekend, brunch is the main event and gets rave reviews from local ex-pats, eager to hoover up plates of Italian chicken, panfried black cod or caramelized ribs with lemon-flavoured mash potato. High rollers live it large with sensibly priced Veuve Clicquot.
Where: 208 Hollywood Road, Central