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For brunch between 10 and 3, you can go to these restaurants in convenient places for tourists. We think you'll like these the best for convenient location close to the main attractions, views, friendliness, scenery, memorable experiences, and value for money.
Here is our list of four Chinese and four Western recommended restaurants for a range of budgets. Most of these restaurants get top ratings on Michelin and TripAdvisor for taste, quality, and service. The food is quite authentic as well because these restaurants have chefs from the respective countries or owners who aim for authenticity.
Brunch is a Cantonese tradition in Hong Kong extending back for many generations. These meals are for leisurely enjoyment and social gatherings.
Chinese: Dim sum (点心 diǎnxīn /dyen-sshin/ 'touch the heart') is a traditional meal during which diners select a variety of small prepared dishes to be eaten during yum cha (饮茶 yǐnchá /yin-chaa/), or 'drinking tea' time.
The meal includes stuffed buns, dumplings, and other savory or sweet food items that have been steamed, deep-fried, or baked. Tea or other beverages are also served. See How to Have Dim Sum and Yum Cha in Hong Kong.
See more on What the Chinese Eat for Breakfast?
Perhaps the best Cantonese dim sum restaurant in Hong Kong or the world...
If you can afford the best Cantonese cuisine and service, then this brunch in the Four Seasons Hotel might be the best in the world and has excellent scenery too. Only two Cantonese restaurants in the city are rated 3 stars. The Michelin Guide is published annually, and the 2016 guide only rates six restaurants as 3-stars in Hong Kong.
Dim sum lunch: At lunch between noon and 2:30 is when they feature their dim sum. Dim sum isn't served after lunch.
Their dim sum is top rated. The Michelin Guide says that Chef Chan Yan Tak's dim sum is "gaining legendary status - every dish is delicately crafted and enticingly presented, and the quality of the ingredients is of the highest order. The delightful serving team describe dishes with care and obvious pride."
Lei Garden restaurant is in the same IFC complex as Lung King Heen. It is in the IFC Mall. It mainly serves Cantonese style dishes and has received 1 star for years. The dishes there are so exquisite that they look like artworks.
High demand: One problem with the restaurant is that this place is so popular during lunch hours that they schedule tightly and give diners a comparatively short time to eat.
Tim Ho Wan has several branches, and some of them have been selected as Michelin 1-star restaurants since 2010. In 2016, two received a star. These are small and busy dim sum restaurants that are thought of as maybe the cheapest 1 star restaurants in the world.
They are ideal for most tourists and backpackers who want to try excellent Cantonese food, but pay less. A good meal costs 10 USD. Try the Pork Bun.
Less convenient locations for the best: The two Michelin-starred branches are in Sham Shui Po and North Point. Prices are lower, but you'll have to travel further. The one in the Central MTR Station is the most convenient for tourists.
They serve Western breakfast food from a Cantonese point of view that tastes good...
This strange restaurant is a hit with a lot of tourists and backpackers in Kowloon. It is often thought of as the best low priced restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui, and the fairly simple food often tastes surprisingly good. It is a happy medium between Western and Chinese-style food suited for everyone.
Experts with milk and eggs: What gets highlighted are the milky Hong Kong-style milk teas, steamed milk, puddings, and scrambled eggs. Simple and yummy.
So popular and inexpensive that they are crowded, there is usually a line during lunch. So get there middle or late morning before lunch hours or after their lunch hours and eat quick because others customers are waiting.
It gleams on the 102nd floor of the ICC Tower
This restaurant is quite popular with tourists for the amazing views framed in an Baroque or Romanish setting. It is in one of the world's 10 tallest buildings. The ease of getting there from Central and the airport saves time too, but the price is quite high.
High Victoria Harbor/Victoria Peak View: You can enjoy one of the best views in the whole city. Many tourists pay about 24 dollars to see the view from the Sky100 observation deck, but you could enjoy a meal there instead.
Excellent Sunday brunch: Their gourmet Italian buffet is appreciated. Their service can be pushy towards adding more to your bill, but you get a wide selection of food during their brunch at a set price if you choose the brunch.
This traditional American style restaurant is is known for quality steaks and a lunch buffet at a medium price for Hong Kong. Having Sunday brunch there means that you can enjoy the harbor view and its convenient location next to the Star Ferry and Ocean Terminal at the entrance of Harbour City Mall.
Location: It only about 100 meters from the Star Ferry to its pier facing entrance. The Star Ferry is one of the top five most popular tourist attractions, and it is about 120 meters from the Avenue of Stars that is also one of the top 10 biggest attractions.
This restaurant serves brunch all day in Central that is one of the major tourist areas. They sell everything from bread and jam to salads and lamb burgers, so you can mix the dishes as you wish.
From IFC Mall: It is in an out of the way area, but from the IFC Mall and the Hong Kong and Central Station below it, you could go out from the mall on the second floor to the pedestrian overpass that goes by Hang Seng Bank. A little past the bank, you'll find the start of the automatic escalators that take you to Caine Road. Go right on Caine Road, and turn left on Peel Street.
Swedish and organic/healthy food at low prices...
IKEA is a Swedish department store. Their restaurant has earned a good reputation in Hong Kong as one of the best low priced restaurants. They are known for family friendliness. The diner is popular with local kids.
Out of the way: However, it is in Shatin that is not a place most tourists would go though the New Town Plaza Mall is popular, and some tourists go to the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. It is good choice for tourists in the Shatin area for health conscious or budget conscious people.
Like a cafeteria: The restaurant is set up like a cafeteria. Staff dish out portions you choose as you walk along a counter. Then a cashier tallies the charge. It is popular, so expect you might have to wait for seating during busy hours.
In Hong Kong, breakfast time is from 6:30am to 10:30am and lunchtime is from 12:30pm to 2pm. Make a reservation if you plan to dine in popular restaurants. Otherwise be prepared to queue.
In smaller restaurants, sharing a table is a common practice, so if your party is small and a bigger group shows up, you may be asked to share your space or move to another table. But you won't find this to be so much of a problem in these restaurants except IKEA and Australia Dairy Company.
In some restaurants, it is common for waiters to automatically bring tea, condiments, and non-ordered snacks that will be charged to your bill. Please check with the waiter about such additional charges before being seated. Be firm about no additional charges or food up front.
Are you interested in making dim sum? See our half day Victoria Peak and Dim Sum Making Class.
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