Missing breakfast food from home? Searching for a low-key solution to the most important meal of the day? Is your wallet begging for a break at breakfast time? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then Classified is your place for your #1 meal.
With seven locations all around Hong Kong including Tai Hang, Sheung Wan, Sai Kung, and Stanley, you’re certain to be close to one of these fab breakfast hotspots (they serve food all day, too, ‘til 10:30pm every day of the week). Recently, I noshed at the Sheung Wan Classified, a two-storey restaurant with an outdoor patio – a rare commodity in Hong Kong. The outdoor tables have a catch, though: Classified staff are not allowed to serve food outside, so if you choose the sunny seats, you have to order inside and pick up the food yourself.
If you prefer to be waited on by the attentive friendly staff, then choose a seat indoors at one of the many rustic wooden tables – think modern chunky picnic tables. Once seated, the breakfast menu is brimming with delicious and inexpensive choices, including hot breakfasts, healthy options, and homemade breads and pastries. These in-store baked treats were definitely the stars of the morning; the pain au chocolat featured a flaky pastry with a melted chocolate core and the muffins were moist and flavorful. Coming in at a $22 and $15 respectively, these delights won’t break the bank.
Many of the hot breakfasts were variations on the classic egg dishes, including the egg white frittata filled with mixed vegetables and served with a spicy chutney. Though the frittata left the taste buds wanting more and the “Mediterranean vegetables” were more supermarket variety than Grecian-inspired, the homemade granola made us forget it all.
Crisp apples, watermelon, and dragon fruit topped with Greek yogurt and elderflower honey were set atop a bed of dried fruits, granola, and toasted hazelnuts. This part of the meal was not only tasty, it hit every food group in the nutritional pyramid… And costing only $45 made it even more enjoyable! Even though the frittata left something to be desired, it too only cost a mere $44.
My favourite dish of the morning was the toasted croissant with ham and gruyère cheese. Classified is well known for its cheese selection (the Sheung Wan location even has its own cheese room!), so this was a perfect representation of what Classified has to offer. A flaky pastry filled with Classified’s famous cheese: yes, please! And a great choice for only $37!
Every time I walk past Classified on weekends, the store is filled to the brim with customers enjoying a lazy morning in a prime location with even better food. After having dined there, I can now see why!
Classified Shop 1, G/F, 108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan
2525 3454 www.classifiedfood.com
Breakfast is served seven days a week from 8-11:30am.
Other locations include Central, Tai Hang, Stanley, Sai Kung, Happy Valley and Wan Chai (see full addresses here)