April marks the official beginning of spring in Hong Kong, and it means more alfresco brunches with a side of champagne and refreshing cocktails. From a rooftop brunch with a view to a backyard-style BBQ, these are the places we will be checking out this month:

1. Cé La Vi

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Above Seafood, sushi and sashimi platter offered at Cé La Vi's weekend brunch (Photo: Courtesy of Cé La Vi)

What better way to treat yourself during the weekend than with brunch at one of Hong Kong's most iconic rooftop bars? With its revamped brunch menu, Cé La Vi is offering a truly special brunch experience served with a panoramic view of Central. With an opulent spread featuring fresh seafood, sushi, tempura, grilled assortment and more, the weekend brunch at Cé La Vi is infused with contemporary Asian flavours.

As well as free-flow cocktail and champagne packages, pocket-sizedTizzy shots (+ HK$50 each) and 100% organic juices are available for guests looking for a healthy boost. It's the perfect solution for health-conscious brunch-goers who still love a little bit of indulgence.

The Cé La Vi weekend brunch (HK$488 per person) with champagne and cocktail free-flow packages (from an additional HK$298) is available every weekend from 12 – 3:30pm.

Cé La Vi, 25/F, California Tower, 30 – 32 D’Aguilar Street, Central; +852 3700 2300; hk.celavi.com

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2. Kaum at Potato Head

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Above The airy interiors of Potato Head Hong Kong makes for the perfect weekend brunch location (Photo: Courtesy of Potato Head Hong Kong)

Get your tropical shirts ready because nothing screams Bali in Hong Kong like Potato Head in Hong Kong, and their Indonesian brunch is one flavourful feast. With free-flow small plates to start, you will be able to sample some favourites at Kaum such as gado gado Kaum (garden vegetables tossed in white cashew and peanut dressing), and kerang panggang madu (roasted clams with lemongrass and honey glaze).

There is also a wide range of large plates for brunch-goers to choose from followed by traditional Indonesian desserts such as kue lampur (Indonesian mud cake) and burbu sumsum (rice flour and coconut milk custard with burnt banana) for an exotic and beautiful finale.

Kaum weekend brunch (HK$398 per person) is available every weekend from 11am – 3:30pm.

Kaum at Potato Head Hong Kong, 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong; +852 2858 6066; kaum.com

3. Operetta

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Above Operetta's All-Italian buffet serves classic Italian favourites such as gnocchi with mushrooms (Photo: Courtesy of Operetta)

One does not have to wait until the weekend to enjoy brunch, and Operetta understands that better than anybody else. As the beloved Italian eatery aims to make any meal of the week a celebration, they have rolled out a scrumptious buffet available daily for both lunch and dinner.

With antipasti such as quinoa salad with squid, kale and broccoli, fusilli pasta salad and more, the buffet also provides guests with the choice of made-to-order oven-baked pizza, fresh pasta, fish or meat. The buffet also takes care of those who have a sweet tooth with all-time favourites like tiramisu and apple crumble as well as mango chestnut cake and earl grey crème brûlée.

Operetta's All-Italian Buffet is available daily for lunch (HK$158 per person; plus HK$80 for additional main) and dinner (HK$188 per person; plus HK$100 for additional main) along with dessert buffet (HK$90 per person) from 11.30am – 3pm and 6 – 9:30pm. A free-flow package (HK$138) is available on weekends only.

Operetta, shop 112, Pacific Place 1/F, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong; +852 2115 8080; operetta.hk

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4. Linguini Fini

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Above A weekend barbecue brunch is set in Linguini Fini¹s private back yard, a rare alfresco space in the heart of Hong Kong¹s buzzing Soho. (Photo: Courtesy of Linguini Fini)

Who doesn’t love a barbecue on the weekend? Linguini Fini’s weekend

brunch is sure to bring all the grill lovers to the yard. Each weekend, the Linguini Fini team will be cooking up a decadent spread that feels just like a good ol’ Brooklyn cook-out, featuring a variety of New York-Italian specialities.

Tucked away in Linguini Fini’s private courtyard, brunch-goers will be able to enjoy a laidback alfresco feast paired with home-made ciabatta and an array of organic pickles, all laid out on a picnic bench.

The weekend barbecue brunch (HK$398 per person) is available every weekend from 12 – 4pm with free-flow packages (HK$99) on offer all afternoon.

Linguini Fini, 49 Elgin Street, Central; +852 2387 6338; linguinifini.com

5. Red Sugar

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Above The DIY Bloody Mary section at Red Sugar’s Sunday brunch (Photo: Courtesy of Red Sugar)

If you are into rooftop brunches, this one is for you. Offering sumptuous dishes and buffet options at their rooftop garden with unobstructed views of Victoria Harbour, Red Sugar’s new brunch menu is yet another reason to visit the Kerry Hotel, which boasts industrial-chic interiors designed by André Fu.

With a buffet selection of appetisers such as house-made duck foie gras terrine, Boston lobster salad, and beetroot, vodka and dill-cured salmon to start, make sure you leave some room for their dessert display featuring baba au rum, strawberry Malibu tart and boozy liquid nitro ice cream. Did we mention there is a DIY Bloody Mary trolley?   

Red Sugar brunch (HK$638 per person) with free-flow drinks is available every Sunday from 12 – 3pm. The buffet is not available for children under the age of 11 years of age.

Red Sugar, 7/F, Kerry Hotel Hong Kong, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay, Kowloon; +852 2252 5246; shangri-la.com/hongkong/kerry/dining

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6. Mak Mak

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Above The green chicken curry served at Mak Mak's weekend brunch (Photo: Courtesy of Mak Mak)

Sometimes, all it takes to soothe your soul is a hearty Thai feast, and the fresh and flavour-packed weekend brunch at Mak Mak is a tantalising affair. With unlimited servings of Thai dishes, the restaurant’s signature curries and stir-fries are not to be missed. Unlike some other brunch menus where a limited selection of popular items are included, Mak Mak generously offers all the Thai classics.

The desserts are also a highlight of the hearty brunch as they are a mix of contemporary creations and classic dishes such as Thai milk tea ice cream, and sticky rice with mango.

Mak Mak weekend brunch (HK$298) is available every weekend from 12 – 2:30pm with free-flow package (HK$498) on offer.

Mak Mak, shop 217A, 2/F, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road, Central; +852 2983 1003; landmark.hk/dining/mak-mak

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