Looking for a sit-down lunch in Central that won’t break the bank? We’re rounding up the best set lunch deals near you…
Often taken al-desko, lunch gets overlooked and reduced to a hurried, even inconvenient affair. And though widespread, the set lunch specials, with designated days, times and menus attached, can be elusive to the unacquainted.
Whether you’re looking for a quick but nutritious bite with incredible bang for your buck or a prix fixe to splurge on to celebrate something special, here are the best lunch sets in Central.
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The Best Set Lunch Deals In Central
For a special occasion lunch degustation, there’s no better than Amber at the Mandarin Oriental. Led by esteemed culinary director Richard Ekkebus, the gourmet institution is known for constantly reinventing itself in both its food and business practices. Amber sources the highest quality produce from all over the world, especially Japan. Additionally, the restaurant dispenses with dairy products and keep both sugar and salt at a minimum, with the aim of revealing the purest possible flavours. With a renewed emphasis on sustainability, Amber also works with local organisation Food Made Good. The lunch set menu options illustrate Ekkebus’ generative vision, with the vegetarian experiences dignifying ingredients both humble and grand.
When: Daily, 12pm to 4pm
How much: From $818
A premium dining experience curated by award-winning Australian chef Shane Osborn of Final Table fame, Arcane presents modern European cuisine shaped by seasonal produce. With ingredients shipped in daily, primarily from Japan, France, and the United Kingdom, the menus at this one-Michelin-starred urban hideout are periodically refreshed to showcase nature’s bounties at their peak. The lunch set menu develops as the seasons unfurl, providing a snapshot of the chef’s distinguished style.
When: Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 2:30pm
How much: $548 for three-courses
Indulgence reigns supreme when it comes to lunch at Franks. Though better known as your favourite late-night drinks spot, the generous helpings of gnocco frito (fried dough), antipasti and sauced-up pastas will soon make it your favourite midday spot too – we’re sure of it. The homemade pasta set comes with a selection of starters, followed by a serving of antipasti, main and dessert (a plate of homemade Italian cookies no less!). Round off your meal with a glass of red or white wine for an additional $50.
When: Tuesday to Friday, 12pm to 3pm
How much: $188
Forget outdated three-martini lunches – we’re here for the three-course, plant-powered lunch instead. Classic pan-Chinese dishes find expression as creative, contemporary vegetarian fare at this elegant Wellington Street spot. With two-Michelin starred chef Chef Siu Hin Chi serving as culinary consultant, the menu surprises: rice rolls partner with truffled mashed potatoes and fried rice goes multigrain. Notably, Miss Lee’s interpretation of Cantonese sweet and sour swaps batter-fried pork for king oyster along with lion’s mane mushroom – the antioxidant-packed fungus is highly prized in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The set lunch features some of the restaurant’s most acclaimed items.
When: Monday to Friday, 12pm to 2:30pm
How much: $208 for three courses, $238 for four courses
Hong Kong is home to many a dexterous brisk-walker, multitasker and working-luncher. So, when the rare opportunity arises for a slower, lingering lunch, there’s all the more reason to relish it! Oolaa’s sprawling new dining space on Stanley Street, encased in floor-to-ceiling glass windows for an airy feel, makes for a comfortable venue for that coveted leisurely lunch. With two-course and three-course options on offer, the menu leans pan-European with vegetarian options.
Sassy Tip: The Central branch also offers a burger set lunch for $165, which includes a burger, fries and a soft drink or coffee (add just $20 for beer, wine or Prosecco!).
When: Monday to Friday, 11:30am to 3pm
How much: $185 for three courses; $165 for two courses
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Pici’s formidable lunch menu reads like a highlight reel of the restaurant. Choose from starters like the burrata and beetroot salad or cold cuts, and reliable handmade pasta dishes like lasagna and truffle-topped tagliolini. Finally, round out your effortless Italian meal with a tidy one-pot tiramisu or panna cotta – or perhaps an espresso to power you through the rest of the day. The weekday lunch menu changes weekly so call ahead to find out what’s available on the day or be take a gamble (you won’t be disappointed either way!).
When: Monday to Friday, 11:30am to 3pm
How much: $158
Meraki restaurant concept Uma Nota specialises in a type of fusion cuisine that’s still somewhat niche in Hong Kong: Nipo Brasileiro street food. The origin story of Nipo Brasileiro foodways traces back to early flows of Japanese migrants – a large chunk from far-flung Okinawa, famous for its supercentenarians –who arrived in Brazil to work mostly on coffee plantations. Today, this cuisine has a strong presence in São Paulo, and through the Uma Nota weekday lunch set, Hongkongers can get a taste of it. The unlimited salads that accompany your main make this spot an instant favourite, and we can never resist adding on a plate of Sweet Potato Fries for $60.
When: Monday to Thursday, 12pm to 3pm, Friday, 12pm to 4pm
How much: $195
Renowned Australian chef Hetty McKinnon’s first foray into the Hong Kong dining landscape, VEDA is the city’s first all-vegetarian hotel restaurant. Located inside the Ovolo Central, which was revamped in 2019, VEDA focuses on vegetarian flavours with international inflections, drawing on chef McKinnon’s own multicultural background. The food here takes inspiration from the Indian subcontinent, with artfully prepared plates like spinach and ricotta momos and pani puri recalling Himalayan and regional Indian cookery. For $188, choose between dosa or idli for your main and two tasty accompaniments.
When: Daily, 8:30am to 11pm
How much: $188
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Zest by Konishi
What does it mean for a restaurant to be chef-inspired? At Zest by Konishi, chef Mitsuru Konishi’s personal and professional journey frames the food. Zeroing in on chef Konishi’s individual interpretation of haute French and Japanese blended cuisine, Zest’s adventurous, rarefied treatment of exalted ingredients has earned the restaurant one star in the Michelin Guide. While the seasonally driven set lunch menu changes frequently, certain signature dishes like the Ping Yuen Chicken and Lotus Foie Gras Rice ($1,180) are always available as an add-on.
When: Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 3pm
How much: $580 for one appetiser and one main, $680 for two appetisers and one main
If you’re a lover of Japanese food, then Zuma’s lunch set has got to be the one for you. The decadent three-dish affair includes two starters and one main, with the option to include an additional side or dessert for $60 per item. With selections like Spicy Wagyu Tartare, a selection of seasonal nigiri, Miso Marinated Black Cod and more, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
When: Monday to Friday, 12pm to 3pm
How much: $428
Editor’s Note: “The Best Set Lunch Deals In Central” was originally published in August, 2018 by Annie Simpson and was most recently updated in July 2022. With thanks to Aarohi Narain for her contribution.