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Food: Our taste guide to Easter brunch restaurants for that perfect buffet or a la carte menu

By: Online Editor, Michelle Wonderland

French restaurants in Central, brunch Hong Kong, Easter brunch
Cocotte’s U.S. Black Angus short ribs, Cajun spiced glaze, roasted baby carrots, red beets and pearl onions

We love the pomp and circumstance of a traditional Easter brunch held at the finest hotels in Hong Kong. But let’s be honest: sometimes we want to trade in the same old buffet brunch this Easter and head out for something special. Even you can be an Easter brunch holdout over five days long with these four restaurants, offering four different cuisines, this Easter holiday.

 

French restaurants in Central, brunch Hong Kong, Easter brunch
Bloody ‘hell then! Aberdeen Street Social’s “bloody” cocktails are made with gin, whisky, tequila, oh yeah, or vodka

Best of the British

If a truly English Easter brunch is in the cards for your lot, Aberdeen Street Social is hosting a five-day proper British spread both upstairs and downstairs from 11:30 and 3:30pm. Have your fill of traditional hot cross buns, homemade Easter eggs for the kids, and spiff it up with a Social brunch steak with fried egg and roasted tomatoes while you’re at it. There are some serious cocktails on the menu as well, such as the What The Doctor ordered, a blend of Hibiki 12 yr, Kamm & Sons, Lactobacillus Casei, lemon juice, stem ginger syrup, pill jar, doctor’s note and the Pot Pouring Ketel Black, a concoction of Ketel One vodka, Kamm & Sons, lemon, egg white, yoghurt liqueur, honey water, activated charcoal. You’ll say Bloody ‘ell to teetotalers with the selection of “bloody” brunch cocktails, each with a different spirit base to choose from such as whisky, vodka, sake, and tequila. But we really want to come here for the signature Lobster Benedict (to die for!).

Aberdeen Street Social, PMQ, JPC G/Floor, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, 2866 0300

 

French restaurants in Central, brunch Hong Kong, Easter brunch
The gorgeous pizzas are just one of the perks of 208 Duecento Otto Italian Easter brunch

Mange Italiano!

So you’ve got the tots along with you and they only eat pasta and pizza but you’ve got your sights on something more grown up-gourmet? 208 Duecento Otto’s Italian Easter Brunch will appease even the tiniest of dictators. A five-day long brunch affair (yes, you can opt for only one of those days), parents can send their progeny off to the Bambino Playroom while the adults can take their time over their Gnocchi di patate con ragu di capretto da latte e pecorino fresco (Kid goat ragu with potato gnocchi and fresh pecorino), or Maialino arosoto con carciofi mammola, fave, pomodorini e patate croccanti (Roasted suckling pig, artichoke, broad beans, cherry tomato and crispy potatoes). We know, you can’t even say it without getting interrupted by rugrats, right? Add on the free-flow drinks option of Peroni, white and red wines and prosecco ($250 per person) to give yourself another reason to stay out later.

208 Duecento Otto, 208 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, 2549 0208

 

French restaurants in Central, brunch Hong Kong, Easter brunch
Cocotte’s Smoked swordfish carpaccio, fresh jalapenos, pickled shallots, orange, salad and lime vinaigrette

Vive le Paris!

Are your kids clever? So, use this to your advantage! Cocotte will puts little laborers to task with a festive Easter egg hunt encouraging kids to find the golden Easter egg awarding parents with a bottle of Perrier Jouet. Result! Chef Petrous Moldovan has created a very special Easter menu introducing the Easter burger (sunny side up egg, herb butter, oscietra caviar and cream), Caviar omelet (chive cream, toast and oscietra caviar), Truffled egg Florentine (poached egg, wild mushrooms, spinach, truffle hollandaise and black truffle shavings, Lobster and caviar tagliatelle (lemon poached lobster, oscietra caviar and cream. You’re salivating, right? Enjoy these specials, in addition to Cocotte’s traditional brunch offerings, during two daily brunch sessions held from April 3 to April 7 (closed Monday). Don’t worry, if your child isn’t the lucky one to find the golden egg, you can opt for free-flow drinks including select cocktails, White Wine, Red Wine, Rosé Wine and Champagne ($290 per person).

Cocotte, 9 Shin Hing Street, Central, 2568 8857

 

French restaurants in Central, brunch Hong Kong, Easter brunch
Yum cha for Easter brunch? Duddell’s makes Cantonese dim sum quite festive this year

CantoBrunch, Easter edition

The gorgeous Salon and Garden Terrace at Duddell’s is perfect for those unlimited helpings of dim sum that you can get away with during the festive season. Not only featuring brunch faves like Shrimp Dumpling with Matsutake Mushroom and Steamed Rice Roll with Fungus and Bamboo Pith, but with the free-flow top up you can enjoy Also included are the specially concocted Jack Jazz Rabbit with fresh carrots, green apple and Zubrowka, Green B-Easter, a pure green blend of veggies with wasabi undertones and a good portion of Tanqueray and the Spring Punch, a blend of Belvedere and seasonal fruits topped with sparkling wine, red and white wine. Or just sod the cocktails for full pours of Veuve Clicquot Rose. Duddell’s unlimited brunch is priced at $480 per adult ($580 for the free-flow option), and $250 for children under 10.

Duddell’s, Level 3, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, 2525 9191