Everyone loves a lazy brunch on the weekend. It’s the perfect time to catch up with friends, enjoy a leisurely meal and sip on a glass or two of Prosecco! And one of our favourite neighbourhoods to enjoy all of this and more is Kennedy Town.
Close to the water and with a little less traffic than the clogged up roads of Central, Kennedy Town is the ideal spot for a chilled out meal away from the hubbub of the city. Check out our favourite restos for brunch in K-Town here!
If you’re after a Melbourne breakfast, this independent, al fresco-feel restaurant is your place. A newer addition to K-Town, Catch is one of the brunch spots that makes this neighborhood so trendy. People are happy to hop on the MTR or catch a cab to K-Town and wait half an hour for a table here on weekend mornings. While you wait, order a coffee brewed with Roasters Alchemy beans to get you going…the cappuccino is Aussie-quality.
We can’t go without having the Smashed Avocado signature, piled high with feta, mint and lemon, with a side of poached eggs and multigrain toast ($128). After something sweet? Dig into the Granola Cup ($98) with mixed berry compote, yoghurt and banana, or indulge in the French Toast Sandwich with caramelised banana, Nutella, mascarpone cream and maple syrup ($138).
For reasonably priced post-brunch drinks, head to Catch’s neighbour, Catch Next Door. A cosy spot for cocktails or wine with the girlfriends, and a good beer selection if you fancy a cold one.
Catch on Catchick, G/F, 93 Catchick St, Kennedy Town, 2855 1289; www.catch.hk
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With a huge and diverse contemporary brunch menu, everyone will be happy at this open plan neighbourhood restaurant; bonus that it’s right by the water. Enjoy the picturesque views at Kinsale while sitting back with ‘Something Light’; think Oats, Berries and Nut Granola with Greek yoghurt and honey ($98), the Caprese salad ($138), or for something a little fancier liked the Baked Camembert with mixed mushrooms and caramelised onions on toast ($148).
If you’re more of an eggs-for-brunch person, there are dozens of options, like the Full Irish Breakfast with black pudding ($168), the Poached Lobster Omelette with chilli, spring onion, hollandaise and grilled sourdough ($188), or The Brunch Caesar Salad ($188) with roasted Norwegian salmon, rustic croutons and a 63 degree slow cooked egg with hollandaise glaze.
After something a little less breakfast-y? One of the ‘Something Else’ options should tickle your fancy, with everything from the New Zealand Lamb Burger with beetroot relish, rocket, mozzarella, roasted peppers and sweet potato fries ($188), to the Seafood Linguini in a light tomato and olive oil sauce, with fresh herbs and lime juice ($198).
…Did we mention the extensive wine list? Oh, and the two-hour $200 free flow Prosecco package every Saturday and Sunday, with a live acoustic set on Saturdays from 1-4pm.
Kinsale, Shop 2, New Fortune House, Kennedy Town, 2796 6004; www.kinsale.com.hk
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Since opening late last year, Castelo Concepts joint Butcher & Baker, is packed on the weekends. With 2,000 square feet of floor space, there’s a butcher shop, florist and bakery (their rustic sourdough is a must-try).
One of the few places in HK with Bircher Muesli on the menu ($75), this easy-to-digest soaked Swiss cereal comes with honey and fresh yoghurt – a lighter option in the warmer weather, you’ll love this if you’re a porridge person. You’ll also see lots of diners chowing down on the Breakfast Bruschetta ($120), with tomatoes, avocado, two poached eggs and crispy bacon… perfect after a big night – or a big workout. Wash it down with a health juice like the Green Surprise ($70), packed with kale, cucumber, apple, mint, coconut water, lettuce and pineapple.
There are lots of Aussie signatures dishes too, from Vegemite toast ($30) to Smashed Avocado on toasted sourdough with crispy bacon bits ($95).
Butcher & Baker Cafe, G/F, On Fat Building, 57-59 Cadogan Street, Kennedy Town, 2591 0318; www.casteloconcepts.com/our-venues/butcher-and-baker-cafe-kennedy-town
You’ll feel like you’re sitting back at a New York restaurant in this relaxed, rustic brunch spot. K-Town Bar and Grill is another from Castelo Concepts restaurant, complete with white brick walls and a friendly vibe. Try the K-Town fruit bowl with minted yoghurt and acacia honey ($90), or for something heartier, the K-Town Eggs Benedict with your choice of ham, salmon or mushrooms ($105). For the bacon lovers, there’s the Bacon and Scrambled Egg Baguette ($95) that’s guaranteed to satisfy.
Whether you’re here for a celebration or ‘just because’, check out the cocktail list; cool down with a Cucumber and Wasabi Martini, or perhaps the Love Margarita with fresh strawberry and lime (both $90). There’s a huge selection of liquors and the ‘usual spirit suspects’ here too.
K-TOWN Bar & Grill, Shop G7 & G8, G/F, Sincere Western House, 44-46 Forbes Street, Kennedy Town, 2855 1368; www.casteloconcepts.com/our-venues/k-town-bar-and-grill/castelotv
This casual yet stylish resto is part of the Aqua Group, so you can expect quality food and a seriously cool atmosphere. Set on Praya, Tivo is one of the first restaurants you’ll meet when travelling from Central towards the sleepier neighbourhood of K-Town. The low hanging lights and warehouse vibe give this place an urban edge that’s perfect for cocktails with the girls or as a sleek date-night destination.
For brunch you can choose from a varied menu that’s split into ‘Brunch Classics’, ‘Brunch Specials’, ‘Early Morning Marketplace’ and ‘Tivo Speciality Pasta and Pizza’. There are plenty of mouthwatering options including Toasted Sourdough topped with Avocado, Tomato, Sautéed Spinach and Bacon, 63 Degree Egg with Quinoa and Kale, Buttermilk Pancakes with Banana and Freshly Made Lemon Curd, Bucatini with an Ox Tail Ragu and Tivo’s Signature Farm Egg and Smoky Bacon Pizza. There is something for everyone here and you can go all out with extra sides or a sumptuous dessert. Tivo also offers a range of juices and smoothies as well as a Champagne and Wine if you’re ready to let loose!
Tivo, 33 Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/tivokt
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Conveniently located opposite the MTR exit, Comptoir is a quaint little restaurant and wine bar from French Creations that’s perfect for small, intimate get-togethers. Sit at the bar and watch the world go by as you sip on some truly special French wines (which are so reasonably priced considering the quality!).
When you’re not guzzling a glass from the wide selection of French wines, tuck into the simple yet delicious small bites on offer. The brunch features four courses which includes dishes such as homemade soup, salad, corned beef hash with guac’ and a poached egg and a dessert. Look out for new additions or changes each month depending on the season, and if you’re looking for a boozy brunch wash down your brunch with free-flow white, red or sparkling wine for just $380.
Comptoir, G/F, 42 Forbes Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.french-creations.com/comptoir
Ethos is the place to go if you’re looking for something a little bit off the beaten track that’s seriously cool. This sleek and chic lifestyle store not only sells homeware and clothing but also serves up comfort food faves like pancakes, crab cakes, crepes, burgers, pastas and all day breakfast. Yep, you read that right. You can sate that brunch craving at any time of the day and wash it down with a strong cup of joe.
Stop by between midday – 9.30pm on weekdays or between 11am – 10pm on weekends for good food, good coffee and good music in a minimalistic and chilled out space. We’ll see y0u there…
Ethos, 93 Hill Road, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.ethosstores.com
Savoury liege waffles are the specialty at this cute little modern café bistro, which serves a mix of Belgium and western cuisines. The weekend brunch waffle menu has everything from the Waffle Benedict ($108) and the Salmon Scramble ($112), to All the Best ($108), with crispy bacon, buffalo mozzarella, sautéed red onion and baby spinach, and a drizzle of balsamic reduction and grade A maple syrup. For something kinda sweet, kinda savoury, try the Elvis-style Hearty Waffle with grilled banana, bacon and maple syrup ($88).
If waffles aren’t your thing, there are plenty non-waffle items, too; try the Sweet Corn Fritters with sour cream, tomato salsa and avocado ($98), or for a healthier option, Waffler’s three-egg Omelette ($85), with ham, cheese, mushroom, tomato and red onion.
On weekdays Waffling Beans offers an all day brunch, featuring waffle sandwiches and waffle topping combos with your choice of bacon, egg, Gammon Ham, English sausage or cheese. We’ll have the Wild Child, please ($82), with melted gorgonzola, pear, cinnamon and maple syrup. For something lighter, there’s the Fruit Party ($75) with yoghurt and almond flakes. Out with your partner? Share the M Rated Indulgence ($85) with caramelised banana, liquor rum sauce… drool!
Waffling Beans, New Fortune House, North Street, Kennedy Town, 2855 8890; www.facebook.com/wafflingbeans
For the late weekend risers, the weekend set lunch menu at this steakhouse and seafood restaurant with a view passes as brunch. The 3-course set lunch at The Pierside is just $128/head, or get the 4-course set for $148/head. Appetisers include the Pan Seared Squid salad with Pesto dressing and the mains offer everything from the Catch of the Day with French fries and house-made pickles, to Spring Chicken with Provencal and green salad. For dessert, there’s a selection of Movenpick ice creams, the lemon lime sorbet being the perfect palate cleanser.
There’s also the Lobster Roll Set Lunch at $258/head, which starts with Pierside’s Garden Salad or soup of the day, followed by a Whole Lobster Roll, topped with celery and chives in a sweet bun, with either mango or truffle mayo. Choose from a glass of house white or sparkling wine, or if you’re done with drinks for the weekend, a coffee or tea…or perhaps a scoop of ice cream to finish on a sweet note.
The Pierside, G/F, Grand Fortune Mansion, 1B Davis Street, Kennedy Town, 2398 1838; www.facebook.com/thepiersidehk
If you’re looking for a spacious, chilled out environment to kick back and enjoy an easy, breezy brunch in, Shoreditch is worth a try. This large restaurant at the edge of Catchick Street offers up more traditional British brunch, with dishes such as Kedgeree, Grilled Loch Fyne Kippers with Poached Eggs, Scottish Baps, Beef Brisket Hash and of course a Full English Breakfast.
The portions are generous, the food is simple and filling, and you can add a daily soup or dessert for just $30 each if you’re wanting a serious feast. What’s more, if you fancy a classic British Sunday Roast then you’re in luck! Shoreditch offer a Roast Lamb Shank with gravy or Roast Chicken wrapped in Bacon with all the trimmings (yep, Yorkshire Puds included) for $248 and $198 respectively from 11.30am. Get stuck in and don’t forget to try one of their craft beers on offer too.
Shoreditch, 18 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.shoreditch.hk