Looking to have a grown-up weekend with the hubby or a group of friends? The best place to start is by tucking into one of Hong Kong’s notorious free-flow brunches. Whether you’re in the mood for Asian cuisine, Italian fare, or an old-school, buffet-style, international mix, we have you covered with our pick of the top 10 boozy brunches in the city.
Duddell's sophisticated setting, tasty dim sum, and generous free-flow make this a firm favorite amongst the city's brunch-loving crowd. Its "Weekend Salon Brunch" is served fresh with unlimited orders per table from the comprehensive menu that includes dim sum, soups, mains, rice and noodles, and dessert. Make sure to get an order (or two!) of the Peking Duck, as well as the Tamago Tofu.
If you're looking for a lower-key affair, food plus juice and soft drinks start at HK$550 per adult and HK$250 per child (ages 3-10). For HK$788 per person, you will get the addition of Veuve Cliquot, a selection of cocktails, beers, and house red and white wines. And lastly, for HK$1,100 per person, you can enjoy Ruinart Blanc De Blanc and Ruinart Rosé on top of the other beverages.
Hidden away in the basement at the back of trendy bar Hugger Mugger, Chaiwala is our go-to spot for Indian food. Brunch and the recently coined "dunch" (a hybrid of lunch and dinner) are essentially the same offerings, with the former running on weekends from 11:30am to 2:00pm and the latter from 2:00pm to 5:30pm. The food menu comes in at HK$298 per person and starts with sharing appetizer plates and either a vegetarian or lamb Biryani per table. Diners can then choose their own roasted item from the Tandoori menu and one curry per person. Chaiwala caters to all dietary preferences and includes vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free options.
The drinks menu includes two hours of free-flow starting with a Classic Package, including Santa Margherita Prosecco, house white and red, Asahi draught, and Beefeater gin & tonics for HK$180 per person. Upgrade to G.H. Mumm Grand Cordon NV Champagne for HK$298 per person. Not in the mood to drink? Chaiwala also has a free-flow Lassi option for HK$120 per person.
A favorite from the Pirata Group, Honjo serves up tasty modern Japanese cuisine in a relaxed and cozy setting. Its brunch menu runs at HK$498 per person and includes a wide variety of delectable dishes. Starters include Edamame, Fried Chicken, Spinach, and Wagyu and are served family-style to the table. Next comes an impressive (unlimited!) assortment of sashimi, maki, nigiri, and oysters. Each guest can then choose one main, including Marinated Baby Chicken with pumpkin miso puree; Salmon Teriyaki with charred lime and fresh chili; and Honjo Tempura amongst others. If you manage to save room for dessert, enjoy the Chef's selections plus an assorted fruit platter. A vegetarian brunch menu is also available for the same price, although there is only one main course to choose from - Cauliflower with black truffle, capers, and almonds.
Honjo's Classic Free-Flow package starts at HK$220 per person and includes two signature sakes, sparkling, red and white wines, Sapporo draught beer, and your choice of two Japanese-inspired cocktails. The premium package will set you back HK$380 per person and includes everything listed above along with Perrier-Jouet Brut Champagne and For Fox Sake.
Extravagant, extensive, and boisterous, brunch at Kitchen at the W Hotel has been a staple on the Hong Kong scene for over a decade. Every Sunday (and on special festive dates), diners can tuck into an endless array of fresh seafood, pasta, carved meats, veggie dishes, and a whole dessert room at the W''s "Bubbly Brunch" that runs from 12:00pm to 3:00pm.
Limitless VCP champagne and cocktails don't come cheap, and the cost per adult comes in at HK$928 per person, including house wine, beer, soft drinks, and juices. And if three hours of free flow aren't enough, you can set off on a hotel bar crawl and pop up to Ozone at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel next door after brunch is over.
W Hotel, Kitchen, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, +852 3717 2222, www.marriott.com
A lovely and vibrant garden bar and eatery on Wan Chai's Ship Street, Ruam serves up casual Thai food and tasty cocktails and boasts a lush, expansive terrace that's perfect for long lunches. Brunch is available every weekend and on public holidays from 11:30am to 3:00pm and provides exceptional value starting at HK$288 per person for a selection of starters to share (think Pork Belly, Papaya Salad, and Tom Yum Kung), one main per person (Free-Range Green Chicken Curry, Pad Thai, and Lump Crab Omelet amongst others) as well as dessert.
Ruam's free-flow package starts at HK$288 per person for two hours and includes Singha beer, Bacio Della Luna Prosecco DOC Brut, and a house red and white wine. An upgrade option is available for an additional HK$150 and includes Philzot & Fils No 3 Champagne Brut, a French rosé, as well as a gin cocktail.
Ruam, 1/F, J Residence, 60 Johnston Road (entrance on Ship Street), Wan Chai, +852 3160 8535, www.ruam-thai.com
Next on our list is a spot that's been a favorite amongst Hong Kong's brunch crew since its opening way back in 2007. Zuma pairs an array of delicious Japanese dishes with fine champagne, in an ultra-sleek and elegant setting. The traditional buffet has been replaced by table service during these Covid times, but we're not complaining - it just leaves more time to kick back and enjoy the free flow! A selection of seasonal starters is served to share including salads, tempura, and mixed sushi and sashimi. Make sure to save space for the main affair, which offers a choice of Teriyaki Salmon Fillet, Chili Marinated Chicken Thigh, and Grilled Hamachi Kama amongst others. If you choose not to imbibe, the food menu comes in at HK$738 per person including iced tea.
If 2.5 hours of free-flow is more your style, Zuma's Signature package includes "R" de Ruinart NV Champagne, red and white wine, rosé, Asahi beer, and Aperol spritz plus food for HK$988 per person. Next up is the Deluxe package which includes Ruinart Blanc de Blancs NV for HK$1,338. And lastly, if you really feel like celebrating, opt for the Premium package which includes, you guessed it, Dom Pérignon 2008 for HK$2,130 per person.
If you're really looking to let loose on the weekend, La Vache!'s "Le Disco Brunch" is the place to be. Hong Kong's much-loved entrecôte steakhouse serves up its usual unlimited steak frites menu, plus booze and entertainment to boot. The menu kicks off with its moreish housemade French baguette paired with Normandy butter, followed by a classic green salad packed with radish and walnuts. The main event is, of course, the USDA Prime rib-eye steak with crispy fries and La Vache!'s secret sauce. A live DJ keeps the energy up with French disco tunes as guests enjoy free-flow house wines and bubbles, all for the price of HK$688 per person.
If you're looking to indulge, make sure to book early. La Vache!'s brunch is only held on the first Sunday of every month from 12:00pm and sells out quickly.
If you're looking for lunch with a great atmosphere, Aqua is the place to be. Available on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00pm to 3:00pm, it's because "Sake & Sakura Brunch" wins the prize for brunch with the most breathtaking view. A unique combination of Japanese and Italian cuisine, the meal begins with assorted sushi, sashimi, rolls, and Mediterranean oysters (at extra cost). Next comes Sakura Prawn Kaiage and Zuwai Crab Leg Tempura, followed by a rather unique combination of Parmesan Risotto and Pork Gyoza Dumplings. If you still have room for more, next up is the Sakura Platter which features Chicken Yakitori, Beef Tonkatsu, and Pan-Fried Hokkaido Scallops. Last but not least is aqua's signature Cherry Blossom Ice-Cream as well as a dessert platter.
The 2-hour free-flow package is comprehensive, starting with Saint Louis Blanc de Blancs Champagne, cocktails, a Sommelier-picked red and white wine, a choice of three sakes, and Peroni beer for HK$788 including the meal. There are then four more tiers of upgraded Champagne, with Dom Pérignon topping the list at HK$1,888 per person. Children ages 5-12 years can take part at HK$298 each, and children under 5 dine for free!
aqua, 29 + 30/F, One Peking, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 3427 2288, www.aqua.com.hk
Tucked down a quiet alley next to the popular dining hotspot Potato Head, Italian eatery LucAle is one of Sai Ying Pun's hidden gems. The brainchild of two notable Italian fine-dining chefs, the restaurant delivers authentic Italian cuisine in a laid-back setting with a real neighborhood feel. The brunch menu begins with a platter of 24-month aged Parma Ham and Burrata "Deliziosa," followed by a selection of cold cuts. The cheese theme is continued with a serving of Mandara Buffalo Mozzarella with Camone tomatoes. The mains are also shared and include Marinated Salmon with a green apple balsamic vinegar salad; Kale Salad with gorgonzola cream, beetroot, and pear; and Slow-Cooked Marinated Chicken breast with pancetta. For dessert, guests have a choice of Chocolate and Cardamom or Homemade Tiramisu.
All of this plus two hours of free-flow Prosecco, white and red wine comes in for the bargain price of HK$388 per person. For an additional HK$150, you can add Franciacorta D.O.C.G. to the free-flow list. LucAle's brunch runs on weekends from 12:00pm to 3:00pm.
A newcomer on the brunch scene, Kinship is run by the team behind Smoke & Barrel, who created a space that not only serves up delicious food but also strives to build lasting bonds in a transient city where friends often come and go. Its brunch menu dishes up hearty servings of comfort food, starting with sharing plates of BBQ Hash, Egg Salad on sourdough toast, Duck Confit on grains, and Roasted Beets on house-made ricotta. Guests can choose one main from a list including Roast of the Day with duck fat potatoes; Shrimp and Grits; Banana Pancakes; and Korean Fried Chicken. Dessert is the choice of Cheesecake with a graham cracker crust or "Mr. Whippy" - an Apple Cranberry Compote with brown butter granola and vanilla custard.
Brunch is served on weekends from 11:30am to 4:00pm and comes in at HK$398 per person for food, with an additional HK$198 for free-flow beer, house wines, and G&Ts.