EVERYONE LOVES BRUNCH!!! Full Stop!
It all comes down to a simple equation: food + the company we keep + a good environment = happiness.
From unique spin-offs of local dishes to your Western favourites, here are my Asia’s top venues to indulge in for a yummy brunch. Let’s chow down, shall we?
BANGKOK – THAILAND
It’s hard not to love brunch in Bangkok. An excuse for day-drinking, a perfect opportunity to splurge and indulge in the city’s finest, and an invitation to a sweet siesta afterwards: really, it’s hard not to love brunch in Bangkok. Here are the best new brunches to try right now.
Embassy Room at Hyatt Bangkok
Chef Ferran Tadeo is doing a twist on the classic Catalan brunch, with a whole lot of sharing dishes and small bites that are packed with flavours. From langostine with artichoke and juice rice to duck breast and foie with px reduction, you’ll find yourself transported to Catalonia in just a few bites. Since it’s an open kitchen, you can also have a chat with the chef and his team about the various delicacies quite new and exciting to the city.
BECCA by Kurōpan
From brunch classics to inventive dishes, BECCA has it all. The absolute highlight of the place is definitely their Japanese-style bread. Their signature butter croissant pan will leave you begging for more, and the unbeatable breakfast combo of eggs, bacon, and berries is made from only the best ingredients around. Plus, the venue is pet-friendly, so feel free to bring your furry friends along.
Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar at The Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
I bet you never thought about having brunch at sunset. Taking place at Octave Rooftop, the Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit is inviting guests to enjoy a Saturday brunch from 4pm to midnight every week. Located atop the 45th floor, take in the cityscape as you munch on brunch classics, as well as a selection of cocktails.
BALI – INDONESIA
There seems no better time than Sundays to let the day goes easy and relaxing. No need to feel guilty for being lazy a bit, so waking up late. Yet it’s a shame to let Sunday pass without doing a thing, especially knowing that it is a good time to treat yourself as well as thank yourself for all efforts and hard works during the past week.
di Mare at Karma Kandara
Indulge in a new twist on the classic French sandwich with our Karma Croque Madame. Savour the delicious combination of toasted ham and gruyere cheese on a fluffy brioche topped with a perfectly cooked sunny side up egg. And the real kicker? Our unique sambal olek mornay sauce puts a spicy spin this already mouth-watering dish. Come and experience this match made in heaven today. Bon appétit!
FIRE at W Bali – Seminyak
This restaurant unveils the elevated Sunday brunch ritual where the myths and fairytales are craftily combined with rich flavours of the exotic island’s locally sourced ingredients. The menu is designed in a sequence that will take guests on a step-by-step culinary journey to elevate guests’ dining experience through discovering plenty of top-notch mouthwatering dishes.
This new brunch ritual serves a la carte-style dishes with cocktail and wine pairing available. The menu comprises several sections including freshly baked bakery as a starter, and then warming up with salmon carpaccio, kaffir lime curing local tuna, and foie gras. Tickle the taste buds with the grilled offerings presenting fresh lobster, octopus, and calamari with fresh condiments including salsa verde, lemon garlic butter and chimichurri.
Who doesn’t like to treat themselves to some great food after a week of work? Besides, brunch in Hong Kong is not just a weekend treat, as some restaurants offer options on other holidays too! You can get a good brunch deal with various food options and free-flowing drinks for affordable prices. So, whether you want something sweet or a juicy steak, the restaurants in Hong Kong have you covered. Many places also have deals on rotation, so you can keep an eye out for something new every month.
Enjoy an Italian weekend feast at Vista, complete with stunning views overlooking Victoria Harbour. The glorious seafood platter consists of lobster, prawns, mussels, and calms. Then, make your way through the unlimited cold cuts, Italian cheese, salad, and freshly baked bread. Don’t miss the chef’s meat carving and past live stations serving oven-hot Italian favourites. The brunch continues with your choice of the main dish before ending on a sweet note of Italian desserts.
Sharazad Lebanese launches a new brunch menu which brings the concept of a Lebanese family weekend meal to the table. In Lebanese culture, family is everything, especially when it comes to dining. As such, the new brunch consists of rotating and delectable Lebanese specialities like cold and hot mezze selections and vegetarian dishes. Don’t forget to try the housemade Hummus, Mutable eggplant Dip, Fattoush Salad, Makdous Salad, and Batata Harra. You can also try a variety of egg dishes from the menu like Shaksuhka, Scrambled Egg with Feta Cheese, or Egg Awarma.
HO CHI MINH CITY – VIETNAM
If you’re planning to spend a few days in Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll probably find that the best things to do in the city involve eating and drinking. Saigon has long been known for its incredible street food, but these days you’ll also find cozy cafes, modern restaurants, and luxurious fine dining. Not only is there endless delicious Vietnamese cuisine, but also Italian, Mexican, Greek, and everything in between.
Godmother Bake & Brunch
This is one of the favourite breakfast venues in Saigon. Not just because of the great food and big portions, but also because of the lovely ambiance. You’ll take the elevator to the 3rd floor and step inside a large room with a lot of natural light. It is absolutely picture perfect! Off to the left of the entrance is a large table you can share where you’ll probably find people busy on their laptops. Small tables with soft green chairs fill up most of the restaurant. There are also a few comfy pink velour couches in the middle. It’s definitely the most Instagrammable brunch in Saigon. In fact, you may forget for a second that you’re in Vietnam and think you’ve been transported to your favourite breakfast spot back home.
Dim Tu Tac
They have two restaurants located in District 1, a location in Chinatown, and a few others outside of the city center. I generally dine at the one on Dong Du Street in District 1 because I love the huge, comfortable, ornate chairs. These will make you feel like you’re eating at a palace! Plus, it’s a large space so even though it gets really busy, you normally don’t have to wait long for a table. A few of my favourite plates are the charcoal buns with cream cheese, the oven-based honey-glazed pork pastry, deep-fried prawn rolls with cheese, and the mushroom dumplings with black truffles. Just writing about it makes me want to go to Dim Tu Tac right now!