The Best Places to Brunch in Hong Kong

The Best Places to Brunch in Hong Kong

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.

The Pawn

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.

Champagne brunch at The Pawn, Hong Kong

After extensive renovations in 2014, The Pawn oozes elegance and sophistication, serving up British cuisine under the guidance of Michelin star chef Tom Aikens.

Swanky interior at The Pawn, Hong Kong

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.

Sharing platter at The Pawn

The bread was light and the mashed avocado was fresh and zesty, just the perfect amount before our main course

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.

Brunch at The Pawn, Hong Kong

Good news – these delicious puds are unlimited!

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

Aqua

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.

Brunch at Aqua, Hong Kong

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.

Sushi and sashimi platter

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.

Super-stylish interior at Aqua, 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.

Brunch with a view at Aqua, Hong Kong

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.

Brunch at Mana, Hong Kong

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.

Signature flat bread at Mana, Hong Kong

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

Alchemy

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.

Brunch at the Alchemy, Hong Kong

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.

Stylish interior at The Alchemy, Hong Kong

We loved the intimate and elegant interior at Alchemy

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.

Brunch at Tim Ho Wan, Hong Kong

‘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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  1. 28th March 2017 / 11:03 am

    So amazing! How’d you find such awesome places. I’d definitely want to check out Aqua and The Pawn. The ambiance just seems so unique and amazing. Those windows in Aqua! Gorgeous.

  2. 28th March 2017 / 9:48 am

    These all look amazingly drool-wortthy! I’ve never been to HK, but I’m a fan of brunch just about anywhere, so I’ll have to go when I visit one day!

  3. 22nd March 2017 / 9:28 pm

    Just stumbled upon, this post is simply Perfect!
    Will be travelling to Hong Kong this coming month as I have a business meet, will have to try with these dishes mentioned. Sushi is my favorite dish and sashimi platter will add a lovely taste to it I guess.
    Loved the Aqua’s ambiance feels so pleasant and fresh. Hope to get there soon. 🙂

    • rosieb
      27th March 2017 / 8:37 pm

      I’m so glad you found this post useful! You’ll love Aqua – it’s so stylish and modern, and the food is awesome too. Hope you have a great time in HK – such a cool city!

  4. 21st March 2017 / 7:22 pm

    Oh man, I need to go on a brunch pilgrimage to Hong Kong! Haha I would love to go to The Pawn- can’t believe they gave you all that food and THEN a full English! I’ve been having so many cooked breakfasts at home- full Scottish for me though so that’s a full English with haggis and tattie scones haha. Unlimited bloody marys is something I would be taking full advantage of too. Mana also looks amazing- I love finding somewhere that does their bit to give back. (Plus, I would probs need a wee green juice after all those bloody marys!)

  5. 21st March 2017 / 6:38 pm

    Oh man, how do you go back home after a trip like that. I’m sure your tummy was exhilarated to try all these different delicacies. Hong Kong, didn’t strike me as the food capital, because I visited mostly local places with my friend, also a local. Now, I know where I’ll be dragging my hubby on our next trip. What a delicious post!

  6. 20th March 2017 / 5:08 pm

    HK must be one of my favourite places – having been there 4 times, I’m already looking forward to my next visit! One of the things I enjoy about it so much is the food, there are just so many amazing options. I haven’t visited any of the ones you mention in the post, but I really like the looks of Tim Ho Wan – Micheline-starred dim sum, I’m sold!

  7. Rocio Cadena
    20th March 2017 / 3:28 pm

    Oh my, your post just made me soooo hungry!! I love food so very much and even though I just had lunch a few hours ago, I found myself savoring the food in the pictures haha. I am headed to Hong Kong in summer time and I am looking forward to the food scene there, especially the dim sum craze because I love those little guys!! It seems like you treated yourself to fancy and pricey brunches, but I’ll probably stick to the more budget friendly ones like Mana and the dim sum place. I’m definitely gonna hit it up when I visit.

  8. 19th March 2017 / 10:46 pm

    I’m not a huge foodie, but your photos were very appealing. The Pawn, with the English Breakfast and Eggs Bennie looks like my favourite of all your brunch reviews. Perhaps that’s because i’m a Brit too, and I haven’t had an English breakfast for possibly a year now!

  9. 19th March 2017 / 7:01 pm

    Love having a good place to brunch. I love brunch as well as breakfast at night for dnner! LOL. Sometimes in a new and busy city it can be hard to find a good place with a nice brunch menu so when you have information like this, it make life so much yummier and easier. Saving and sharing this!

  10. 19th March 2017 / 6:58 pm

    Ok, I definitely love the setting of Aqua, with those massive windows, wow. I’d also like to try those Japanese and Italian sharing platters. It’s a shame for the service though… but I guess, unfortunately eating at a super luxurious location often rhymes with impersonal service. Great post… makes me wanna go food tasting in Hong Kong 😉

  11. 18th March 2017 / 4:03 pm

    Mmm looks like we will be headed to Mana. Those drinks looked delicious, I love green smoothies. I wouldn’t mind trying the vegan burger.

  12. 17th March 2017 / 8:23 pm

    Tim Ho Wan! My sister and I went there with a local friend this last September and really enjoyed it. So many delicious foods and so, so cheap!

    Aqua seemed familiar at first, but then I realized I’d seen it in the Rooftop Bars post you’d written. Killer view AND amazing food? That sounds like a good find. Still, the ones I’d be most keen to visit would be Mana! Slow Food and Alchemy. Mana! because I love healthy stuff that doesn’t break the bank, and Alchemy because I’m a foodie hipster at heart, and those pictures had me slobbering all over my keyboard. Gross 😛

  13. 17th March 2017 / 2:48 pm

    I just read your post about the best rooftop bars in Hong Kong. I love how you make it easy for travelers to make the most out of their stay in Hong Kong. I don’t know but your pictures can really make your readers hungry! I wonder how long does it take before you eat the food served in your table. I’m looking forward for more travel tips.

  14. 17th March 2017 / 3:00 am

    Oh my goodness! Almost dinner time and this made me starving and definitely regret not going out into hong kong on our 7 hour layover in January! I’d be super excited about Mana! I often feel desperate for vegetables and healthy food when traveling as we seem to eat convenience store and takeaway food so often. Such a good find. Love your idea of planning a trip specifically around brunch – best meal of the day!

    • 21st May 2017 / 5:31 pm

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  15. 16th March 2017 / 8:48 pm

    Mmmm! I just had dinner, but looking at all these dishes is making me hungry again. The sushi and sashimi platter would undoubtedly be my favorite since I love seafood and Japanese cuisine. And dining with a view of Hongkong’s skyline—what more could you ask for!

  16. 16th March 2017 / 2:07 pm

    This made me want to go to Hong Kong just to eat!! Brunch is my favorite 🙂 All of this food looks so incredible and the restaurants are all so beautiful. Your food photography is really fantastic!

  17. 16th March 2017 / 9:41 am

    This post makes me want to hop on a plane and head off to Hong Kong right now! I’ve always known it had an interesting culinary scene but you’ve opened my eyes to it even more now. Brunch is our favorite too! I would love to try these spots, especially Aqua. That sushi platter is irresistible!!

  18. 16th March 2017 / 8:13 am

    Thanks a lot, now i’m hungry LOL. What a beautiful set of restaurants to enjoy in Hong Kong. I was there 4 years ago and sad I didn’t get to enjoy any of these places. I really enjoyed looking at the food from Pawn. The creme brulee looks perfect as it is a small size to end the meal perfectly. Also the valrhona chocolate delice – no words. IT looks absolutely scrumptious with the hot chocolate sauce!

  19. 16th March 2017 / 2:58 am

    Hong Kong is one of my favorite cities and all the delicious food certainly contributes to that! Local dim sum places were a lifesaver for stretching my food budget, but still getting some awesome local flavor. Because I’m obsessed with tea, I visited a T.W.G. house and had brunch there with a pot of lovely tea of course! You are making me miss Hong Kong with this post!

  20. Julianne
    16th March 2017 / 12:29 am

    Oh my goodness, your photos are making me salivate! I was in Hong Kong back in 2010, but I was a poor graduate student at the time (and slept in late), so I never made it out to brunch. Now I’m regretful about everything that I missed out on! That platter with the crushed avocado, ricotta, and crab meat at The Pawn sounds right up my alley. I’m heading to London soon, so I’ll try to stop at their location of Aqua! 🙂

  21. 15th March 2017 / 1:00 pm

    This is such a timely post for me as I’m headed to HK in a few weeks! The juices at Mana look so healthy and tasty, and I love their concept. And of course a trip to HK isn’t complete without dim sum! Can’t wait to try all the tasty foods when I visit!

  22. 15th March 2017 / 9:53 am

    We used to love enjoying brunch at luxurious places in Miami, Florida. These restaurants you list look magnificent! We are hoping to visit Hong Kong either later this year or for sure next year! We will be bookmarking this post so that we can enjoy these fabulous places to eat.

  23. 15th March 2017 / 9:41 am

    Ah, why did I have to read this when I am doing a paleo challenge. How cruel 😉

    It all looks delicious but I am very curious about Tim Ho Wan. I’m a huge fan of dim sum already so I’m very interested in the idea of a Michelin-starred dim sum restaurant. Hong Kong seems like such a foodie city.

  24. 15th March 2017 / 7:20 am

    All those places looks fantastic! Look like Aqua has great view just like the one in London! It’s located at the tallest building in the city! Your list is great, I am definetly saving it for when I visit Hong Kong one day!

  25. 15th March 2017 / 7:19 am

    Wow, these places look amazing for us brunch lovers. I feel like you had me at ‘crushed avocado’ haha! I’m hungry after seeing all of your amazing pictures.

  26. 15th March 2017 / 5:40 am

    Wow! This post is such a nice list. As a foodie, I enjoy food where I go to. I would love to try all of them

  27. 15th March 2017 / 5:13 am

    I’m a lover of dim sum so I think Tim Ho Wan would be on the top of my list! I love the concept of Mana and while I don’t typically go for vegetarian options, you may have convinced me otherwise. Looks like a foodie’s paradise to me! Definitely got me salivating…

    Saving this for when I go to Hong Kong. Can’t wait to try all these options 😀

  28. 15th March 2017 / 2:47 am

    OMG! It’s a crime to post such content. Now I can’t focus on work. I had been to Pawn and Aqua. I was nodding with every word of yours. Good list!

  29. 15th March 2017 / 2:15 am

    Brunch, my favorite meal of the day. All hese places look delicious, the ‘because brunch’ menu looks amazing. And with free flowing champagne as well. Who can complain?

    Will try out some of these places when I make it to Hong Kong, no doubt about that 🙂

  30. 15th March 2017 / 1:16 am

    Yum! I love brunch, too. I adore the variety of these brunch stops, but the Dim Sum would be my first stop. I have heard that Hong Kong is foodie heaven, and I want to verify for myself, starting with your brunch list.

  31. 15th March 2017 / 12:23 am

    Food at pawn looks divine. If I plan to visit Hong Kong on a proper holiday I might check it out! Whenever I’m in a backpacking budget trip, I end up eating at McD or Subway! But once in a while when I splurge, I go all out and spend on everything. Pawn looks just perfect. Right now, its dinner, and its actually making me hungry!

  32. 14th March 2017 / 10:42 pm

    There is Tim Ho Wan here in the Philippines. I have not been there but I saw the restaurant last Saturday. After reading this post, I am more eager to dine there. When it opened here, I read that it had such a long line of customers. I was thinking, I might not be willing to wait for so long just to eat lunch. Well, I have realized that preparing good food requires a lot of dedication. I will endure the wait if I have to.
    I am not a vegetarian but I want to eat at Mana. Vegetarian restaurants are getting more creative in their menus. I am sure that they are delicious too.

  33. 14th March 2017 / 6:42 pm

    These places look so great and the food looks amazing. I really struggled in Hong Kong to find anything to eat, where there was a menu in English!!! Have to admit I did eat in McDonalds a few times as I knew what I was ordering!! Wish I had known about these places.

    • 21st May 2017 / 12:14 pm

      Superior thinking detrostnamed above. Thanks!

  34. 14th March 2017 / 6:39 pm

    I love sky views so I would love to have brunch at Aqua restaurant. I would also love to try the Dim Sum at Tim Ho Wan, I have never experienced a Michelin restaurant before and I see the prices are very reasonable. I have actually never had brunch and I had no idea how one looks like. It’s great that you can have champagne with it!

  35. 14th March 2017 / 11:32 am

    Finding good places to eat is always an effort when travelling. The bigger the city, the bigger the struggle. At least it will be easy when I get to Hong Kong!

  36. 14th March 2017 / 9:27 am

    All of this food made me instantly hungry. I don’t think I have ever had the pleasure to enjoy brunch in such luxury and definitely not with champagne lol! Seems like great fun and why not treat yourself every now and then! Yummy!

  37. 14th March 2017 / 9:03 am

    I can’t believe they serve unlimited wine and beer for brunch! And those strawberry and chocolate dessert looks irresistible. These make me starve!

  38. 14th March 2017 / 8:31 am

    Wow those places look great. And the brunch seems delicious. I would love to try them all

  39. 14th March 2017 / 7:02 am

    I totally need to step up my brunch game! All of these places look fantastic. We will actually be in Hong Kong in August. We’re traveling with a toddler though, so as much as I’d love the free-flowing brunch, the hurried and cheap brunch is probably more our current style. Until our daughter can sit still for longer than 30 minutes, I’ll have to live vicariously through your blog. 🙂

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  40. 14th March 2017 / 6:27 am

    Wow, I wish I’d read this before my visit to HK few weeks ago. These places look amazing.We should have hit up Tim HO Wan but ran out of time. Will have to make do with their local branch.

  41. 14th March 2017 / 6:20 am

    The full English breakfast and the eggs benedict both look absolutely delicious. I would try The Pawn in Wan Chai first from your list! The restaurant seems well designed too. The other meal (actually desert) that looks even more delicious is the valrhona chocolate delice at Alchemy in Central. My mouth was watering at your description!

  42. 14th March 2017 / 5:24 am

    I have been to Hong Kong numerous time but I have not even been to these brunch places! Wow! I am loving The Pawn and Aqua! The interiors are so sophisticated and the food looks divine! Yum! What an amazing way to indulge and treat yourself! And the view from Aqua is just lovely! We do have Tim Ho Wan here in the Philippines, though it’s more of a lunch or dinner restaurant. We love the food and they are so cheap too!

  43. 14th March 2017 / 4:19 am

    I love weekend brunches and found this blog interesting. Being a vegetarian I was delighted to see vegan options. Kudos to Mana for including organic vegetarian dishes in the menu. Gone are the days when vegan food was not easily available in many countries.

  44. IVy
    14th March 2017 / 3:39 am

    Aqua looks like such a fancy place to brunch! I’m totally down for the sashimi platter with that view… and of course the bottomless champagne! I LOOOOVE dim sum. We have quite a large Chinese community here in Vancouver so we’re spoiled with tons of yummy authentic restaurants for yum cha. I’d love to check out Tom Ho Wan to see how Michelin starred dim sum compares!

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