Aug 02, 2012|
There’s breakfast, there’s lunch, and then there’s brunch—the meal of choice for the city’s hungover late-risers, of which there are many. There’s no shortage of options when it comes to picking and choosing where to go and what to eat, so here are a few newer options that you might not have tried before.
Need some bubbly to liven up the meal? Look no further.
With its awesome harbor views, the Infinity brunch at Aqua offers an ever-ending selection of Japanese and Italian dishes, which are brought to your table. The menu offers a fresh sushi and sashimi platter as well as an assortment of Italian antipasti. The a la carte mains menu includes a pan-fried black pork loin with ginger, or a grilled beef tenderloin with butter soy sauce. After all that eating, Aqua’s signature dessert platter will be brought to the table for you to pick over. Patrons also have the option of enjoying unlimited servings of Duval-Leroy champagne. $488 to $688 for adults. Saturday and Sundays, noon to 3:30pm.
29-30/F, One Peking Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 3427-2288, www.aqua.com.hk.
This dizzyingly high rooftop bar is serving up a selection of high-end treats on its buffet plus a la carte brunch menu. Diners can enjoy a variety of dishes ranging from Asian spicy bouillabaisse to Alaskan crab and guacamole sesame cones, as well as innovative cocktails galore. This seriously baller brunch is also one of the priciest in town at $888 per person with free-flow Veuve Cliquot, or a wallet-crushing $1,888 with free-flowing 2002 Dom Perignon. Sundays noon to 3pm.
118/F, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Rd. West, West Kowloon, 2263-2270.
Everyone has been talking about the new brunch at The Press Room group’s latest restaurant, The Principal, which is a (relatively) cost-effective way of trying out the pricy new venue and the creations of head chef Jonay Armas, who hails from the Canary Islands. Inspired by his own childhood favorites, Armas has produced a menu of market-style dishes with a European flavor. These include paprika-infused mussels; anchovies in vinegar, garlic and olive oil; and beef tartare with quail egg yolk and sweet potato chips. French and Spanish wines are also available. $590 per person; $690 with free-flow non-alcoholic drinks; $790 with free-flow white and red wines and Aubry vintage champagne. Sundays noon to 2:30pm.
9 Star St., Wan Chai, 2563-3444, www.theprincipal.com.hk.
The latest enterprise under the Gaia group offers contemporary Mediterranean dishes in its cost-effective brunch. The menu offers such dishes as mushroom and goat cheese lasagne as well as a range of other Mediterranean favorites including cous cous and Greek salads. $238 per person; $318 with free-flow prosecco wine. Sundays noon to 3pm.
Shop 7, LG1/F, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2918-1028.
Change it up a little with some brunchtime dim sum and sushi.
Dim sum fans will be delighted with the all-you-can-eat brunch at Loong Yat Heen, with more than 50 types of dim sum and snacks available, as well as rice, noodle and dessert dishes. In addition to made-to-order dim sum, dishes include pan-fried Kobe beef and preserved vegetable buns and steamed pork dumplings. As Loong Yat Heen’s brunch is available all week, it also makes an excellent option for a leisurely weekday lunch. $188 per person Mondays to Fridays; $198 Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Mondays to Fridays 11:30am to 2:30pm; Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays 11:30am to 3pm.
2/F, The Kowloon Hotel, 19-21 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2929-2888.
Weekend brunches take on a Japanese spin at Taku, where fresh sashimi, sushi and tempura as well as unlimited signature maki rolls are offered. In addition to fresh sushi, a selection of traditional miso soup, edamame and homemade tofu (the house specialty) is also available. $288 per person; $338 with unlimited sake. Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, noon to 3pm.
35 Elgin St., Central, 2545-9966, www.taku.com.hk.
Champers and sushi not enough? Try one of these brunch options instead.
The brunch menu at JAR is separated into sections: Just Woke Up features light, early morning fare, while Been Up And Rather Hungry offers hearty dishes such as steak and eggs ($188) and spaghetti carbonara ($98). Plenty of comfort food is also available—if you are feeling particularly ravenous, the Big Breakfast ($125) comprised of eggs, roasted tomato, duck-fat hash browns, toast and a choice of sausage or bacon is the dish for you. Sundays 10:30am to 5pm.
2/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 2543-8000, www.justarestaurant.com.
The rooftop restaurant at Pacific Place offers a pretty impressive spread in its bright and airy venue, complete with outdoor terrace. The lobster semi-buffet lunch offers—unsurprisingly—a selection of lobsters paired with pasta, soup or pizza, in addition to an antipasti buffet and cold dishes. $438 per person. Saturdays and Sundays noon to 3pm.
4/F, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2111-1197, www.domani.hk.
Hung Hom may not be the first place to spring to mind when it comes to fine dining, but Messina is quite the exception. Sicilian specialties are served up by chef Francesco Greco, who has worked in top restaurants across the globe. Despite being in dingy Hung Hom, Messina is actually quite a lovely setting, with a pretty awesome view of the harbor. Patrons can try out its three-course Sunday brunch set, with mains such as oven-roasted line-caught sea bass or pan-roasted 300-days grain-fed Angus prime rib. $350 to $550 per person. Sundays noon to 2:30pm.
5/F, Harbourfront Landmark, 11 Wan Hoi St., Hung Hom, 3746-2733.