Brunches, lunches, dunches – there is always a delicious dining excuse in Hong Kong. Not only are there some firm Little Steps Asia favorites, but there’s a whole bag of new and very creative brunches within the city limits. You might enjoy a late breakfast by the beach before heading off on a family hike or a lazy dunch or linner amidst the urban depths of town before exploring art galleries or shops, or even just a satisfying and lazy lunch overlooking the harbor. The clever blend of breakfast, lunch, and dinner paired with bubbles or fresh juices means you have endless child-friendly or adult-indulgent choices. These are a few of the Little Steps Asia favs.
Foxglove is a fun and contemporary speakeasy-inspired restaurant and bar concealed behind an umbrella shop selling handmade Fox Umbrellas from England. The umbrellas are presented in beautiful brass-edged cabinets that provide a smokescreen for their fictional character Frank Minza, a death-defying English adventurer with a taste for rare spirits and bold cuisine. The exciting weekend jazz brunch dishes up dim sum delicacies and an unsurpassable freeflow cocktail menu. Try the Shanghai xiao long bao pork soup dumplings paired with the extravagant artichoke smash cocktail featuring herbal Cynar, mint, grapefruit, and sweet demerara. Top tapping tunes include Baleàric, boogie, and Bossa Nova from Foxglove's resident and visiting DJs.
Just a short hop, skip, and a jump from Downtown, you’ll find Limewood right on the beach in Repulse Bay. Delicious food influenced by South-East Asian, Hawaiian, South American, and Caribbean recipes revolves around barbequed fresh seafood and prime meats. The menu is the perfect combination of world cuisine deemed essential for beach-side brunching. Limewood makes you feel like you are in California. Watch the kids play as you sip on pitchers of ice-cold margaritas and feast on yummy fish tacos. The comprehensive kid’s menu includes their favorites, such as grilled fish with coconut rice, and to finish off, ice creams served in chocolate-dipped cones straight from their ice cream parlor.
Chef Shun is proud to open his first restaurant on Gough Street. The contemporary Japanese dining room is influenced by his world experiences and home in Japan with an elevated and creative menu. Censu means folding fan in Japanese. The name also playfully relates to the senses that include music, design, fashion, and the culinary senses at the core of the experience. Brunch features a six-course tasting menu that includes Chef Shin’s coveted Censu signature dishes, including Sukiyaki prime beef, Negi soy, prized enoki mushrooms, and creamy egg yolk or the signature plate jet-fresh market sashimi with a selection of the finest bounty from the sea. There’s free-flow sake, wine, and Japanese beer.
Censu, 28-30 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2997 7009, www.censu.net
Little Bao is the brainchild of Chef May Chow, who was named the Best Female Chef by Asia's 50 Best Restaurants. The contemporary diner-style restaurant is a quirky take on Chinese comfort food with sharing plates and baos. The international tastes of Hong Kong-inspired brunch; you can expect traditional ingredients transformed into a cross-cultural eating experience. Try the caramelized thick-cut brioche toast in French egg custard, griddled golden, encased in a crispy sugar crust, drizzled with Mr. Black coffee liqueur-infused organic Canadian maple syrup, dusted with cocoa powder and seasonal berries. Their cocktails are equally fun with Chris’ lemonade, a blend of Absolut vodka with chrysanthemum, honey, and ginger.
Little Bao, Causeway Bay, Shop H1, GF, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay or Soho, 1-3 Shin Hing Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 6794 8414, https://www.little-bao.com
The enthusiastic Elvis-centric bar and restaurant dishes up the intense tastes of the American South in its inside-outside diner. Expect delicious American soul food with home-baked soft dough biscuits with lashings of sausage gravy, crispy waffles, pan-fried steak, and sunny-side-up eggs. The a la carte menu includes favorites like the hearty Nashville chicken sandwich, deliciously crispy chicken breast with Nashville-style hot sauce, ranch dressing, and pickles. You can have fun and heartily spike thick milkshakes with your choice of spirit, or you can sip on the less calorific free-flow prosecco. Spin some of your favorite tunes on their vinyl jukebox, which is fully loaded with rare 45 records of Elvis, Hong Kong, and old-school American hits.
Graceland, Lisa House, Shop B, G/F, 12-14A Yim Po Fong St, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, https://www.facebook.com/gracelandmongkok
Set in one of Hong Kong’s most celebrated shopping and entertainment addresses, Zuma finds home in The Landmark Atrium. The ingredients are authentic, but the dishes are far from traditional. Bold, intense flavors offer you a twist on traditional Japanese izakaya dining. Designed for sharing, Zuma weekend brunches can be accompanied with free-flow bubbles or iced tea. The drinks pair perfectly with pork gyoza with coriander and spicy wafu sauce, premium Japanese wagyu miyazaki sirloin, and shiitake mushroom croquettes with truffle and ao-nori. An impressive deluxe dessert platter for the table is served to share and includes fresh fruit and ice cream.
Zuma, Level 5 and 6 Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, + 852 3657 6388, https://zumarestaurant.com/locations/hong-kong
Café Causette is located in the legendary Mandarin Oriental. The iconic hotel is the epitome of contemporary luxury and, Café Causette is no different with its silk-lined walls and banquettes. Brunch is a family-friendly affair with fusion menu highlights such as Penang char kway teow with chicken, shrimp, squid and chive, organic salmon with cucumber, dill, yogurt, and almond or the Mandarin classic burger with beef, tomato, lettuce in a soft sesame bun. The kids will love the super-cheesy macaroni cheese followed by a banana split with raspberry and chocolate sauce. Café Causette is a favorite amongst Hong Kongers at any time of day.
Café Causette, M/F, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Rd Central, Hong Kong, +852 2825 4005, email@example.com, https://www.mandarinoriental.com/hong-kong/victoria-harbour/fine-dining/restaurants/international-cuisine/cafe-causette
If you fancy an arty brunch, then get dressed up and head to Dudell’s gorgeous salon and garden terrace in the heart of Central. The homely backdrop is ideal for bubbly-based brunches with free-flow Veuve Clicquot, Ruinart Blanc or Krug, Bellinis, Mimosas, and Aperol Spritz'. The carefully curated cocktail menu has interesting mixes with oolong and over 150-year-old recipes. Enjoy the freshest all-day dim sum, including the secret recipe Duddell’s shrimp dumpling, their tender sauteed cuttlefish with fresh vegetables, and the light almond cream and egg white dessert. Duddell's has an urban vibe and hosts regular exhibitions and a permanent fine art collection.
Duddell’s, Level 3, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2525 9191, https://www.duddells.co
Located on a desirable stretch of Cheung Sha beach in South Lantau, Lantana offers delicious Italian cuisine with its giant sharing platters including cold cuts, burrata with parma ham, fresh tomatoes, and basil, a decadent cheese platter, or for something light, cucumber gazpacho or one of their homemade salads. Share your pizzas while you languidly sip a chilled Aperol spritz or a diplomatico mojito. There are tasty kid’s options when they tire from playing on the beach.
Occupying the top floor of The Upper House, Salisterra has imitable panoramic views over Victoria Harbour. You’ll enjoy the well-considered menu with stars such as burrata with pickled beet, hazelnut pesto, and endives, for mains, the Icelandic cod with Datterini tomatoes, cannellini bean puree, and Nduja butter. The menu is simple and sophisticated with sustainable creations paired perfectly with a range of crisp wines, bubbles, or one of their cocktails such as blossom shaken with Two Moon's Gin, St. Germain, lavender and bubbles, or the intriguing Verdant made with Tito's vodka, dill, yuzu, cucumber, and apple vinegar. To finish, try the mini bombolini with strawberries, lemon yuzo, banana, chocolate, and cinnamon. Caviar and Irish rock lobsters also appear on the menu if you fancy a treat.
La Rambla, https://larambla.hk/en/home
Aberdeen Street Social, https://www.aberdeenstreetsocial.hk
Hotal Columbo, https://www.hotalcolombo.com
Nissa La Bella, https://www.nissalabella.hk
Delaney's Pokfulum, http://delaneys.com.hk
Club Rangoon, https://www.clubrangoon.com.hk