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October 4, 2007

Brunch and the City

You first saw it on Sex and the City, and tried to recreate the outfits, the meals and even some of the stories from the night before with your own fabulous posse of four.  But until recently in Hong Kong, your eggs and bacon had to be enjoyed before 10am, and how could you look your casually-chic best when you had just left Drop a few hours earlier?  Lucky for you, this fabulous all-day eating concept has finally hit our city.  Slip on your ballet flats, pick-up your weekend tote and pull on your oversized sunglasses, we’re going to brunch…

Press Room
108 Hollywood Road, Central, 2525 3444
It’s Saturday morning, what could be more pressing than your next meal?  Lucky for you, the Press Room serves all day brunch on both Saturday and Sunday  (10am – 4pm).  Dig in to classic eggs benedict, fluffy pancakes and H & H bagels (flown in straight from NYC), along with killer Bloody Mary’s, made from 10 secret ingredients, and luscious white peach bellinis…a little “hair of the dog” never hurt anyone! Plus, the Press Room is modeled after New York’s famous celeb-favourite bistro style hotspots Pastis and Balthazar. You can’t get any closer to the real thing without a plane ticket!
Who would go there? Carrie and her editor
What would they order? Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon and Black Caviar

Brunch Club
70 Peel Street, SoHo, 2526 8861
This all white restaurant, with cosy couches, communal tables and a tiny outdoor patio feels more Hampton’s beaches than Hong Kong. There’s no better place to go for your oversize omelettes, crepes with bananas and chocolate, and an entire menu of coffees, milkshakes and hot chocolates, served anytime, any day of the week. Plus, their selection of international magazines is unrivaled in Hong Kong, so you can save your $$ on the latest issue of Vogue or Vanity Fair (or US Weekly!) and lounge about all day reading.  You’ll leave feeling well fed, smarter and more fashion savvy–it’ll be the most productive weekend you’ve had in months!
Secret Tip: Brunch Club has recently opened another location in Happy Valley (4 Sum Wui Road, 2890 2125)
Who would go there? Miranda, Steve and the baby
What would they order? Omelettes with Bacon and Parmesan

43 Wyndham Street, Central, 2116 8855
In New York, Tivo is a device people use to record TV shows and watch them later at their convenience. But, in Hong Kong Tivo is a fabulous late-night cocktail lounge in the heart of Wyndham Street, which also happens to serve excellent brunch…talk about convenience!  The plush décor, which looks stunning in the evening, is warm and inviting by day, and the decadent brunch menu includes everything from muesli with berries to eggs benedict to crepe style pancakes.  It’s an experience we’d like to replay, over and over again!
Who would go there? Samantha and her “Absolut hunk”
What would they order? Bacon and Egg Pizza, Tivo’s Hangover Cure

The Verandah
109 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay, 2812 2722
Colonial style and gorgeous, with impeccable service and stunning water views, the Verandah holds the “country club” lifestyle most New Yorkers can only dream about.  Lucky for us, we can get a taste of it every Sunday, with their decadent and truly fabulous brunch buffet.  Start with delicacies such as smoked salmon, caviar and foie gras along with fluffy breads and pastries, return for omelettes, pastas and sushi, made to order, then dine on a full main course before finishing off with one of the best dessert tables in town.  After all that food, it’s probably better that this country club doesn’t have a pool!
Who would go there? Charlotte and the Park Avenue gals
What would they order: A little taste of everything

Whether you’re the fashionista with the jaw-dropping wardrobe and equally dramatic love life to match, the corporate go-getter with the sarcastic sense of humor and cynical views, or the up-town princess with your appreciation for art and quest for true love, it’s time to bring it to the table…see you at brunch!

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