The best meal of the day, west-side!
We don’t know about you, but we’re pretty obsessed with that wonderful morning meal, somewhere between breakfast and lunch. You know what we’re talking about ladies… brunch! When it comes to the weekend, brunch is a favourite Hong Kong activity; a great excuse to gather friends and family, catch up, unwind and chow down on a delicious array of breakfast foods (perhaps with a glass or two of bubbly if you’re really looking to relax!).
Read more about Boozy Brunches That Won’t Break The Bank here.
So that’s why we’re rolling out a series of posts dedicated to just that. Welcome to The Brunch Bunch! This week we’re focusing on the trendy area of Sai Ying Pun, where market stalls and mechanic shops blend with hipster bars and restaurants. Beat the Central/Soho crowds and head west for a leisurely brunch in an eclectic area that’s becoming home to more and more must-visit dining spots… check out our favourite places for brunch in Sai Ying Pun below. We’ll see you this Sunday, Sassy Girls!
Flying Pig Bistro
This brand new restaurant from French Creations is already a hit with the Sai Ying Pun crowd, serving up well cooked, Western comfort food in a cool yet casual setting. The brunch menu is simple but effective, with healthy options that include Quinoa Muesli with Soya Yoghurt ($95), Smash Avocado and Chicken in Sourdough ($115) and Gluten-Free Pancakes with Blueberry Jam ($95). Or if you’re craving something more substantial, the Sourdough Toasted Sandwiches ($65 – $68) with either Smoked Salmon or Roast Beef are sure to fill you up. But that’s not all. We’re most excited about the all-you-can-eat roast buffet on Sundays, which features a mouth-watering carvery with roast chicken, beef and of course, pork, with all the trimmings (mmm… gravy…) for just $188 per person. Add another $188 for free flow house wine and your Sunday is sorted!
The Flying Pig, G/F, 62 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 2540 0311, www.facebook.com/flyingpigbistrohk/timeline
Looking for something a bit different? U-Hang’s spacious, quirky interior is the perfect place to sit back and relax with friends, and we love the cute outdoor tables and terrace. Serving up modern Korean dishes, the brunch at U-Hang fuses brunch staples that we all know and love with punchy Korean flavours and ingredients. Think Eggs Benedict with Kimchi Pork ($128) or an Omelette with Kimchi, Spinach, Mushroom and Green Salad ($108). They also have some delicious sounding Korean Pancakes on the menu with Rum Rice Syrup, Toasted Walnuts and Bacon or Seasonal Fruit Jam ($98)… is your tummy rumbling yet?!
U-Hang, Shop 6A & 6, 58 – 60 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 2549 6788, uhang.hk
We’re big fans of Winstons after recently hitting it up for a quick coffee and sandwich. This new, aussie-style coffee shop by the Sai Ying Pun MTR Exit (A1) is small but sweet, and the coffee is good. And we mean really good. The friendly staff and hipster vibes make this a must-visit for coffee lovers looking for a cool new spot. Watch people walk by as you sip on your brew (we recommended trying the cold-brew when the weather warms up) and tuck into one of the tasty bites on offer – we’re talking Toasted Avocado with Mozzarella Sarnies, hearty Breakfast Baps and an array of wholesome baked goodies… you can even get strips of Biltong, cured South African meat! You’ve got to check out Winstons if you’re looking for good food, good coffee and good vibes. They also do cocktails, so you can finish off your brunch with a cheeky negroni…
Winstons Coffee, 213 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 2559 5078, www.facebook.com/winstonscoffeehk
Next door to Winstons is Soho 189, and La Paloma sits above the art galleries. The colourful, funky decor and lively atmosphere reflects the fun, flavourful food, and it’s a great place to while away the afternoon over jugs of sangria with a big group of friends. They’ve recently started Spanish Salsa Brunch Sundays, which includes a semi-buffet and a salsa class for just $400! Nibble on a selection of cold cuts, cheeses and tapas bites before choosing either a Chicken of Squid Ink Paella. Finish off with sugary, chocolately churros and add on $198 for free-flow Spanish cava… you’ll be dancing in no time. At 3pm, International Latin Music DJ Deejay Javed will give a 120-minute salsa masterclass, so make sure you have those dancing shoes on! This is definitely one to try is you’re looking to spice up your usually brunch outings…
La Paloma, 1/F, Soho 189, 189 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 2291 6161, lapaloma.hk
If you’re looking for some French finesse with your brunch, look no further than Metropolitain. The small terrace that looks out onto High Street is the closest you’re going to get to that Parisian cafe vibe in Sai Ying Pun, and they don’t disappoint when it comes to food either. The very reasonably priced Eggs Benedict ($78) is a solid choice that’s perfectly cooked, but the Ham & Cheese Omelette ($68), Waffle with Chocolate Sauce ($68) and Croissants ($25) would all be a great start to the day. Going for something lighter? They’ve just launched an Acai Granola Bowl ($88), which is as pretty as it is delicious. Add a fresh fruit juice, coffee or a mimosa and you’ll be feeling fine… bon appetite!
Metropolitain, G/F, 46 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 6271 6102, www.french-creations.com/metropolitain
Opendoor Cafe + Courtyard
This sweet little cafe is hidden down Connaught Road West and is a mini sanctuary if you’re looking for more chilled out brunch. Breakfast items are available all day and if you get there before 11am, coffee is only $25! Enjoy a locally roasted coffee and tuck into a healthy, nutritious meal like the Organic Scrambled Egg Whites with Spinach and Mushroom, or treat yourself to a Cocoa Peanut Butter Protein Shake. For a relaxed brunch with one or two of your nearest and dearest, Open Door is a great option – and they always have something going on, be it a new art exhibition or a yoga class!
Opendoor Cafe + Courtyard, G/F, 120 Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 3460 3880
Calling all pancake lovers! If pancakes are your favourite breakfast/brunch treat then you’ve got to try out Stack. You’ll find this cool pancake resto at the end of third street, and you’ll know what to expect. As the name suggest, you can order stacks and stacks of indulgent, fluffy pancakes with a variety of creative flavours and toppings. With only 15 seats, it’s best to make a reservation if you want to really to kick the pancake craving!
Stack, G/F, 1 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 2549 9787, www.facebook.com/stackhk
High Street Bar and Grill
A safe bet for brunch is Castelo Concepts’ High Street Bar and Grill. The airy space is almost always busy, so the place will be buzzing with atmosphere as you tuck into your first meal of the day. With a huge menu of international fare, there’s something here for everyone… so you don’t need to worry about that fussy friend! Breakfast is served daily, so head on over at any time to get your fill of eggs; they’ve got every type, as well as The Works ($135), which includes sausages, baked beans, mushrooms, bacon, steak and grilled tomatoes with them. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not go for the Turkish Toasties ($55 – $70) or the Sauteed Mushrooms with Burrata ($115) which is ideal for veggies? You can’t go wrong if you looking for a substantial brunch in the heart of Sai Ying Pun.
High Street Bar and Grill, 48/78, High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 2559 2638
Happy Brunching in SYP! And if you hear of any other amazing brunches in this area, email in and let us know!