On our recent trip to Hong Kong we were spoilt for choice when it came to our favourite meal of the day, brunch. So spoilt in fact, that we planned our itinerary around brunching in the city. From free-flowing champagne to vegetarian delights, here’s our pick of the best places to brunch in Hong Kong on any budget.
Craving a hearty full english we set our sights on The Pawn; a historic restaurant located in the once famous Woo Cheong pawnshop in Wan Chai.
After extensive renovations in 2014, The Pawn oozes elegance and sophistication, serving up British cuisine under the guidance of Michelin star chef Tom Aikens.
Our brunch began with a platter for two, including crushed avocado on homemade sourdough bread, homemade ricotta, fresh crab meat and portobello mushrooms.
We were also served a sharing platter of French toast, blackberry caramel and vanilla blackberry mascarpone – perfect for those who have a sweet tooth like me.
We picked our main dish from the menu, Dave went for the Full English breakfast complete with homemade sausages, black pudding, bacon, fried egg, baked beans, grilled tomato and mushrooms. I chose a classic; Eggs Benedict, although it was a tough decision between that and the fish pie.
Brunch hit the spot – my eggs were cooked to perfection and Dave reckons it was the best black pudding he’s ever tasted.
We finished with a selection of mini deserts which included my favourite, creme brûlée. There was also a miniature chocolate profiterole, marble cheesecake, green tea cake and vanilla cupcake on the platter.
We opted for the free-flowing brunch; which included unlimited wine, beer, Moet & Chandon champagne, Bloody Marys and a selection of non alcoholic beverages.
We loved the chilled atmosphere at The Pawn; the service was top notch, our waiter was attentive and friendly and our champagne was constantly topped without having to ask.
Cost: 589 HKD pp with free-flowing alcohol, 498 HKD pp with free-flowing soft drinks, orange juice and smoothies.
Location: 62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai
Holding the reputation of being one of the best places to brunch in Hong Kong, we couldn’t resist seeing what the fuss was about and well, we weren’t disappointed.
With sister restaurants in London and Beijing, Aqua attracts thousands of visitors from around the world in search of a little luxury in the form of free-flowing Veuve Clicquot and signature cocktails – and boy, did we indulge.
We visited in February, when the whole menu was designed to share in the name of Saint Valentine.
We enjoyed a selection of Japanese and Italian sharing platters from the ‘Because Brunch’ menu over the course of three hours.
With windows stretching from the floor to the ceiling, brunch at Aqua is paired with stunning views across the city. The views alone make Aqua one of the best places to brunch in Hong Kong.
A luxurious experience to say the least, Aqua’s modern and super-stylish interior make it the perfect place if you’re celebrating a special occasion or just fancy treating yourself.
Our only disappointment was the service, which we felt was a little impersonal. It felt as though the dishes were churned out in a factory-style fashion due to the popular demand at this rooftop restaurant.
Cost: 598 HKD pp share brunch with free-flow Veuve Clicquot champagne & cocktails, 448 HKD for share brunch only.
Location: 29/30 Floor, One Peking Road, Tsim Sha Sui
MANA! Fast Slow Food
Brunch tastes even better when it’s guilt-free, which is why we’ve added Mana to our list of the best places to brunch in Hong Kong.
If you’re looking for ‘food that doesn’t cost the Earth,’ quite literally, then you need to head here.
Think healthy food on-the-go, Mana boasts a large menu featuring organic and vegetarian alternatives to fast food.
With three locations across Hong Kong, Mana’s mission is to serve a healthy substitute to fast food through delicious organic, vegan and raw recipes with zero food and packaging waste.
Signature dishes include oven-baked flatbreads, vegan burgers and mix-and-match salads.
We couldn’t resist trying the signature flats. My ‘Peace’ signature flat was stuffed with halloumi cheese, rocket, and roasted vegetables. Dave went for ‘Bliss,’ which was filled with avocado, hummus, baby spinach and cucumber.
Sticking with the healthy kick, we tried the ‘Sun Juice,’ made with apple, carrot and ginger and the ‘Green Juice,’ a mix of apple, celery, kale and green bell pepper. Both juices were tasty and refreshing, the perfect compliment to our signature flats.
Brunch at Mana was fast and fresh, and with the majority of dishes on the menu costing between 50-150 HKD, it’s incredible value for money in Hong Kong.
More importantly, it was great to eat at an establishment that’s doing their bit for the environment.
Cost: Approximately 90 HKD per dish.
Location: 92 Wellington Street, Central
If there’s one thing worth getting out of bed for on a Sunday, it’s brunch at Alchemy.
Every week the chef creates a new eight course menu designed especially for brunch, which is posted on Alchemy’s Facebook page on Friday, just in time for the weekend.
Separated into two sections, Alchemy features an upstairs lounge and a pitch-black restaurant downstairs which is used of an evening; the concept is to allow customers to experience dinner through their senses.
Sunday brunch however, is served upstairs with the lights on and accompanied with plenty of french flare.
Our eight course tapas-style brunch began with french oysters, followed by smoked salmon with iberian ham and melon, crab cakes with caviar, mushroom demitasse, poached farm egg with french truffle oil, char grilled chicken breast and a platter cheese with walnut bread.
Each dish was beautifully presented and full of flavour; our favourites were the meaty crab cakes and the poached farm egg served with french truffle oil.
The finale was the valrhona chocolate delice with mixed red berries and vanilla gelato; and it was nothing short of spectacular.
We waited patiently (trying not to drool) as our waiter slowly drizzled warm chocolate sauce over the masterpiece.
When the hard chocolate shell collapsed, it revealed creamy gelato on top of a soft vanilla and chocolate sponge decorated with berries and strawberries – absolute heaven for any chocolate lover.
We loved the element of surprise at Alchemy; each course was executed with precision and delicacy and the attentive staff explained the dishes to us as they bought them to the table.
Cost: 228 HKD pp for brunch, an additional 350 HKD for free-flowing Ayala Champagne.
Location: 6 Arbuthnot Road, Central
Tim Ho Wan
We can’t make a list of the best places to brunch in Hong Kong without including the legendary Tim Ho Wan – specialising in Dim Sum, it’s the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant in the world.
‘Dim sum’ means ‘touch your heart,’ and there’s no denying that we fell in love with the dishes at Tim Ho Wan which is why this famous establishment made it onto our list of the best places to brunch in Hong Kong.
Now there’s nothing fancy about this brunch, apart from the fact that it’s so damn good and so damn cheap.
One of highlights for us was the famous Char Siu Bao, a soft fluffy bun that oozed with sweet braised pork and was mouth-wateringly good.
We indulged in a selection of Dim Sum dishes from the menu, each served piping hot straight from the kitchen. Feeling adventurous, we even tried a portion of ‘Phoenix talons,’ and to our surprise, they were pretty delicious.
Being one of the most popular restaurants in Hong Kong, you may find that brunch here is a little hurried and the staff a little cold, but in our opinion, it’s all part of the fun.
Tim Ho Wan may be a no-frills restaurant but it’s the perfect place to enjoy a tasty authentic brunch on the move at an incredible price.
Price: Approximately 18 HKD per portion of Dim Sum.
Location: 9-11 Fuk Wing Street
You’ve probably gathered by now that we were on a bit of a mission to seek out the best places to brunch in Hong Kong. Although it may look as though we made our brunches stretch from breakfast to bedtime, we did manage to see lot of Hong Kong in between – check out our post on the best rooftop bars in Hong Kong.
Can you recommend anywhere to brunch in Hong Kong that isn’t on our list?
*We received discounted rates at some of the restaurants listed above, but as always, we have reviewed honestly and all opinions are our own.*
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