Brunch is a thing now. Whether you’re in Hong Kong, Dubai or New York, everybody tries to claim brunch as the newest big thing there. Now, if I’m being told that it’s a “thing”, I surely am obliged to try it out for myself…? It’s just the polite thing to do.
So on our recent trip to Hong Kong, I dragged Dickie (kicking and screaming as you can imagine) to Aqua on the 29th and 30th floors of One Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui to check out what the deal was about. With the promise of mounds of food for Dickie and unlimited champagne for lush, sorry, I mean myself, I knew that Aqua would be a safe bet, being a regular at it’s sister restaurant in London. We weren’t disappointed.
The view is breathtaking – looking out across the harbour, you’ll be pleased that you’ve got hours to spend here and the glass is floor to ceiling, so it’s amazing regardless of where your table is located. Unlike many of the hotel counterparts, you’ll be pleased to hear that there’s no buffet in sight – no elbow-shoving here.
The food is a Japanese-Italian fusion…bear with me, it’s actually scrumptious. After a starter of edamame beans and a glass (or three) of champagne, we started with a sushi and sashimi platter. I asked whether they had any vegetarian sushi that I’d be able to enjoy which meant that I’m pretty sure we ended up with twice the amount of food with a massive variety for myself and a two-person portion for Dickie.
Convinced that we’d probably had our quota of food, we were soon proven wrong when we were presented with grilled vegetables, cheese, octopus salad, Parma ham, Mozzarella marinated salmon, assorted salami, fresh corn, grilled bell pepper sauté mushrooms and green salad. It was a lot of food.
Almost bursting at the seams by now, we couldn’t believe it when were then asked to choose our mains. Options included Grilled Salmon, Chicken Rolls filled with Ham, Pumpkin Croquet, Spicy Salami Pizza or Prawn and Shishito pepper tempura with fish and soy sauce. It was COMPLETELY delicious.
Thankfully we had 3 hours to consume all of this food, along with plenty of bubbles, which finally allowed us to squeeze in their dessert platter. It seemed big, but was beautifully light and so slipped down a little too easily.
I personally think for what you receive, the brunch is reasonably priced. At $448HK for brunch only or $598 for limitless Veuve Clicquot champagne & cocktails, I think it’s definitely worth paying the extra.
The service was impeccable and the staff are more than accommodating for you to stay as long as you please. There’s no pressure to rush through the courses to get you out and limit your champagne consumption – they fully encourage you to indulge.
Oh, and just a word of warning… if you’re leaving at 3pm, the high end shops that face the building are still open, which can be lethal. I ended up buying a jacket in Moncler. In 30 degree heat in Hong Kong. Go figure. It seemed like a good idea at the time.
If you’ve got a lazy weekend in Hong Kong and are looking for a thoroughly enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours, you really can’t go wrong with grabbing brunch here. Just be sure to book, with such delish food and bubbles, it’s a rather popular haunt.
T:+852 3427 2288
Address: 29+30F, 1 Peking Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong