If you can stand Hong Kong’s summer heat and humidity, its sub-tropical climate means outdoor dining can be enjoyed year-round. Indoor restaurants can be a bit stifling with the kids in tow, so we’ve scoured the city to bring you these top outdoor brunch options in Hong Kong. Sit back, tuck in, and relish in the fact that the kids’ screams aren’t echoing off the walls!
Housed in one of the city's most iconic buildings, brunch at The Pawn has been on our list of best brunches for almost a decade. The food rarely disappoints, the terrace is bright and airy, and what kid wouldn't love watching the "ding dings" rattle past on bustling Johnston Road below?
The brunch menu comprises a selection of sharing appetizers (think Caesar Salads, Yam Fries, Cold Cuts, and Bruschetta), followed by a main per person (the Meatball Linguini is popular with the kiddos), and topped off with a Dessert Platter. This will set you back HK$548 per person including free-flow cold-pressed juices, smoothies, and soft drinks, or you can opt for the Boozy Brunch for HK$698 which includes Moët & Chandon Rosé, Bloody Maries, house red and white wines, bottled beer, and cider.
If you're looking to escape the city for the weekend, the outlying island of Lantau is the perfect spot. A short 35-minute ferry from Central (or 50-minutes if you opt for the pet-friendly slow ferry) takes you to the sleepy town of Mui Wo. From there it's a short bus or taxi ride to Lower Cheung Sha Beach. Bathers Restaurant is situated right on the beach and serves up tasty Modern English dishes, perfect for all-day dining that slowly bleed into sunset cocktails.
The a la carte menu consists of starters such as Spice Roasted Cauliflower, Guac and Chips, Burrata, and Hummus. Mains are simple yet tasty with options like Steak Frites, Roast Spring Chicken, and Red Pepper Pesto Fettucini. There is also a kid's menu and a Group Feast Menu if you're with a group of friends and prefer to share. And the best thing about this outdoor brunch spot? The kids can play on the beach right within eyesight as you dine.
While not technically outdoor dining, the huge front windows at Limewood are so expansive that they really open up the entire restaurant making it feel like you're dining al fresco. And if you're lucky to be sat right in the window overlooking Repulse Bay Beach, you're as good as outdoors!
The food is an eclectic mix of Caribbean, South American, Hawaiian, and Southeast Asian flavors and focuses on freshly grilled meat and seafood. The appetizer menu features dishes such as Jerk Coconut Corn and Spicy Tiger Prawn Roll, and make sure to get Limewood's signature Guacamole. Meats and seafood include Hawaiian Huli Huli Chicken, 48hr Charred Beef Ribs, Hamachi Collar, and Roasted Whole Line Caught Sea Bass.
But what we really get excited about is Limewood's extensive cocktail menu with fun drinks such as the Caribbean Mule, Limewood Fresca, and several Margarita choices. The perfect way to slip into the weekend while the kids keep themselves busy in the nearby playground or on the beach.
Get your kids dolled up in their weekend best for Duddells’ classy Salon Brunch out on the restaurant's gorgeous terrace. Tranquil, quiet, and overflowing with leafy plants, you'll feel like you're anywhere but smack bang in the heart of Central.
The made-to-order dim sum arrives fresh and plentiful, and there's the option of mamas and papas getting free-flow Veuve Cliquot bubbly for HK$888 per person (HK$588 without booze), or $250 for kids aged 3-10. Dim sum is covered in the standard fare ranging from barbecue pork buns and shrimp dumplings to the fancier spring rolls with shrimp and black truffle.
Feel like you're on holiday as you munch on lunch next to the Grand Hyatt's resort-style swimming pool situated amidst a lush garden. As the name suggests, The Grill serves up tasty grilled specialties, with its weekend brunch serving up seafood on ice, char-grilled meat and seafood, and signature homemade desserts. The brunch comes in at HK$588 per adult and HK$268 per child.
If you're looking to keep the kiddos entertained, opt to do a staycation at the hotel so the kids have access to the pool while you drink and dine the day away.
The Grill, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, +852 2584 7722, www.hyatt.com
Get your fill of an Irish breakfast at this pub set close to a grassy lawn where the kids can run free. The brunch menu includes all of the usual suspects: Delaney's Classic Irish Breakfast, Avocado Smash, and Eggs Benedict amongst others. You can also order off their a la carte menu which runs the gamut of casual dining including nachos, pasta, pizza, salads, and mains such as the Irish Hereford Beef Burger, Lamb Mint and Guinness Boxty, and Chicken Schnitzel.
The restaurant is huge, occupying several floors with function rooms, a Kids Party Room for birthdays, and the popular outdoor terrace overlooking the Lamma Channel. Delaney's is the epitome of casual, weekend brunching and is the ideal spot to catch a sports match while the kids meet up with their friends and run around Cyberport.
While roadside dining may not be your idea of the ideal outdoor brunch, Wooloomooloo Steakhouse situated right on Tsim Sha Tsui East's bustling waterfront promenade, does have its charm. The prime cuts of beef are some of the best in the city, the service is excellent, and it's a great spot to sit and watch the world go by.
Wooloomooloo's 3-course brunch menu is available on weekends and public holidays from 11:45am to 3:00pm for only HK$248 per person, plus a special price (HK$65) on house Prosecco or Bloody Maries. The menu changes weekly, but expect a soup, choice of appetizer (such as Crab Cakes or a Cobb Salad), and a choice of main course (Eggs Benedict, Slow Roasted Lamb Rack, or Pan Seared Seabass Fillet are examples).
Whether you're having breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Feather & Bone is a firm favorite in Hong Kong. One of their largest outlets is at the popular OP Mall, conveniently located just above the Tsuen Wan MTR station, and seats up to 70 diners with space for 70 more on the waterfront terrace. This expansive outdoor area is largely shaded by big umbrellas, meaning that you can dine in relative comfort even during the summer months (if you can take the humidity!).
The breakfast menu serves up traditional brekky dishes from Down Under such as Smashed Avo, Bacon & Egg Baps, Steak & Eggs, and Spice Crab Crumpet. Didn't get the family out of the house in time for breakfast? Feather & Bone's lunch menu has an All Day Breakfast section in addition to their lunch staples such as Wagyu Beef Cheek Gnocchi, Truffle Mac & Cheese, and Spaghetti & Meatballs.
The terrace at Maison Libanaise, located in the heart of Soho, is one of our top picks for casual, outdoor family dining. The atmosphere is super relaxed, the food is always tasty, the staff is superb, and the prices won't break the bank.
Tuck into an array of salads, hot and cold mezze (Hummus, Pan-Fried Halloumi, Falafel), before digging into the larger dishes (Chargrilled Chicken Skewers, Roasted Cauliflower, and Eggplant Moussaka).
Housed in a 19th-century historical building, The Peak Lookout is full of character and history with spectacular views to boot. Tire the kids out with a walk up the Morning Trail or around the Peak, then reward the whole family with a delicious brunch out in the open garden overlooking the South China Sea. We also love that the front outdoor section of the restaurant is pet-friendly!
The Peak Lookout's menu is fairly eclectic, with plenty of Western fare (soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers), an Asian section (think Hainan Chicken Rice and Korean Pork Lettuce Wraps), Curry and Tandoori dishes, Pasta and Risottos, and finally, an International Grill section. For those looking to extend brunch into the evening, there are cheese boards, Cuban cigars, and an extensive wine and cocktail list.