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Indulge in oysters, caviar, and free-flow champagne this season with our pick of the best new brunches in the city

With a glut of public holidays, the onset of cooler weather, and continued travel restrictions, what more is a food lover expected to do than to round up a few hungry friends and while away the days with that most sacred of meals, the brunch? From the swamp specialties of New Orleans to the pungent flavours of Myanmar, keep reading for where you should get your next brunch fix this fall. 

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1. Alto

What: Beautiful harbour views and great value make Alto's new Sky High Brunch Club menu a sure winner in our books. The meal commences with an unlimited supply of starters and salads, including bonito fried duck leg served with watermelon salad; smoked mackerel salad; and smoked and spiced steak tartare served with crispy tortilla chips on the side.

Next, the seafood section offers a choice of monsoon river prawn with comeback sauce, or half Boston lobster with smoked shiso butter and mixed salad for an extra HK$188. Mains include yellow spring chicken served with coleslaw salad, "fish and chips" with bonito fried halibut, baby back ribs with Iberico collar and Josper baked pineapple, or a classic English roast with beef with trimmings for an additional HK$128. For dessert, choose from sticky toffee pudding, peaches topped with vanilla ice cream, or almond choux with praline crème mousseline.

Price: HK$488 per person, with optional HK$228 free flow add-on

When: Every Saturday and Sunday from 11.30am to 3pm

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2. The Lounge & Bar at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

What: In a possible sign of the times, Saicho has partnered with The Ritz-Carlton on a sparkling tea pairing brunch in a riposte to the many free-flow alcoholic brunches that can be found across Hong Kong. Curated by chef de cuisine Kael Lim Kuan-Loong, the three-course brunch is served at The Lounge & Bar against a panoramic backdrop of Hong Kong Island, and includes a starter of grilled octopus leg with hummus and chorizo, paired with Saicho's sparkling hojicha; a main of miso blackened cod with grilled shishito or pan-seared French duck breast with red cabbage sauce that's paired with sparkling darjeeling; and finally, a punchy dessert of candied ginger crème brûlée with a glass of sparkling jasmine tea.

Price: HK$688 per person

When: Available every Saturday and Sunday from 23 October until December 31

3. Lucciola

What: The Hari's resident Italian restaurant, Lucciola, has debuted its new Sunday brunch. Split into five acts, the menu comprises Aperitivo al Bar (an appetiser buffet); A Tavola (sharing dishes at the table); Antipasto Caldo (hot starters); Piatto Principale (main courses) and Dolci (dessert).

The appetite is whetted with buffet options like cured meats, Italian cheeses, grilled vegetables and sardines, which are quickly followed by sharing dishes like la burrata Pugliese, a seafood platter of Kaluga caviar, oysters and Alaskan king crab legs. Hot starters include black mussels with parsley and garlic, and vitello tonnato slow-cooked veal loin; while guests can pick their choice of main from the likes of tonnarelli pasta cacio e pepe, US Prime ribeye steak, or braised spring chicken with peperonata and mentuccia. The arrival of a dessert cart serving tiramisu, fior di latte, and homemade Caprese cake marks the end of the meal.

To wash it all down, the buffet bar offers three variations of barrel-aged Negroni, while a gin and tonic trolley also serves gins mixed with a wide selection of tonics and botanicals on demand.

Price: HK$688 per adult and HK$294 per child (aged 5 to 11 years old). Bottomless beverage packages available for HK$300 per person and up.

When: Available every Sunday between 12pm and 2.30pm

4. Smoke & Barrel

What: The Bourbon Street Brunch is designed with party animals in mind. On the last Saturday of each month, the interiors of Smoke & Barrel are blacked out and decked out in a recreation of Mardi Gras festivities, then populated with live DJs, saxophonists, drummers, dancers, drag queens, and servers dressed up to the nines.

As always, the food here is indulgent and unrestrained: the brunch begins with canapés of oysters with mignonette, and chicken liver mousse on sourdough, followed by shared starters like Andouille sausage jumbo, fried chicken waffles and dressed crab cocktail. For the mains, choose from steamboat beef (smoked rump with peppercorn sauce) or a seafood boil in Cajun butter sauce, paired with sides of creamed collards, okra purloe, and cabbage wedge salad. Dessert includes a Zulu coconut sundae and "whoopie pie".

Aside from the occasional and very persuasive shot of bourbon, the drinks options encompass Billecart champagne, house wines, beers, spirits, and Golden Age cocktails like the Vieux Carré, Brandy Crusta, Hurricane, and Sazerac. 

Price: HK$1,300 per person (plus 10% service charge) all-inclusive of food and drinks

When: The last Saturday of each month from 12pm to 4pm

5. The Aubrey

What: The Aubrey's new Sunday brunch menu starts off with a selection of snacks such as edamame with yuzu or chili salt, charcoal cauliflower karaage, and dried blowfish. For starters, you can get sharing platters of fresh oysters, sashimi, crispy baby born, spinach gomae, and chicken meatballs.

The main dishes are just as delicious and each person can choose from Saikyo miso sablefish, A3 wagyu sando, curry udon with wagyu beef, chicken katsu sando, or short rib tonkatsu. Finish off your meal with a bijou bento box of chocolate warabi-mochi, yuzu cheesecake, a monaka, and fresh seasonal Japanese fruits. Throughout the gastronomic affair, a live DJ will also be on hand to spin Japanese-inflected tunes for the duration of the brunch.

Price: HK$598 per person, with optional two-hour free flow of champagne and sake from HK$388 per person

When: 12pm to 3pm every Sunday and on public holidays

6. Club Rangoon

What: Brunch like the Burmese do with the Sagaw Hta Min brunch. After a selection of starters that includes potato samusas and A Kyaw Sone (vegetable fritters served with a tamarind sauce), diners are presented with Shan Khout Swel, a dish of flat rice noodles with Burmese Shan tofu, chicken, homemade pickles and garlic oil.

For the main course, each guest chooses from a variety of authentic curries such as pork belly, meatball, fish, pumpkin or aubergine, which are then served on a traditional bamboo weave basket with sides like Burmese-style creamed corn, stir-fried morning glory, crisp Pennywort salad, balachaung (a pungent Burmese condiment) and rice.

Price: HK$358 per person, with optional free-flow drink packages from HK$128 up

When: Every weekend from 12pm to 4pm

Club Rangoon, G/F, 33 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2503 3077

7. Sunset Grill

What: Take in views of the airport from the 19th-floor perch of Sunset Grill at Sheraton Hong Kong Tung Chung Hotel. A generous seafood platter kicks off the brunch with whole Boston lobster, tiger prawn, seasonal oysters, steamed Bouchot mussels and snow crab leg; this is followed by sharing starters like grass-fed Australian tenderloin steak tartare, Maryland sweet crab cakes and grilled octopus with romesco sauce.

For mains, pick from expertly grilled meat dishes like Australian grain-fed stockyard bone-in ribeye steak for two, New Zealand lamb rack, or Duroc pork. Those looking for something lighter will find it in the porcini and wild mushroom risotto, or the pan-seared Chilean sea bass. After all is said and done, the dessert bar awaits with a choice of Earl Grey tea panna cotta, New York cheesecake, strawberry mille-feuille, apple crumble tart, and coconut and mango mousse cake.

Wash it all down with a free-flow drinks package that includes free-flow Veuve Clicquot, Aperol Spritz, Mimosa, Bloody Mary, house wines, beers, soft drinks, fresh juices and more.

Price: HK$748 per adult and HK$348 per child. Bottomless beverage packages available for HK$388 per person and up.

When: Every weekend from 12pm to 3pm

 

8. Musubi Hiro

What: Get a taste of punchy Japanese flavours at Musubi Hiro's new brunch offering. Snack first on izakaya bites like Suck’Em Dry edamame, salmon tiradito, oyster chalaca, Queen Avocado, chicken wings with shishito, and Nikkei empanada. Next up are the brunch-exclusive musubi creations, including the classic tamago musubi, Hawaiian Ahi tuna musubi, and kimchi chicken musubi. Lastly, tie things up with the Booze Em Up dessert and traditional daifuku sweet. All of these food items are free-flow, so make sure to fast accordingly in preparation.

Meanwhile, the add-on bottomless drinks package nets you a choice of house sake, Asahi Super Dry, Brooklyn IPA, house wines, and original cocktails like the Hiro Replica (an espresso martini riff), and the Sake Mojito.

Price: HK$388 per guest with an additional HK$198 per guest for free-flow alcohol

When: Every weekend from 12pm to 3pm

Musubi Hiro, G/F, 37 Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 5597 6911

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