STATE OF MIND: LE PETIT DEJEUNER - BREAKFAST SPOTS
With me only being able to free personal time on Saturdays and Sundays, I find myself clinging onto my calendar even during the weekend.
Although it can be very tiring to run around from one meet up to another, seeing and listening to the people I care about, is very energizing. And so, I decided to add catch-ups over breakfast to the ones over br/lunch, afternoon tea/coffee, dinner and drinks. Unfortunately, five meals is all I can digest per day : )
Here follow some nice western breakfast places on Hong Kong Island for you to consider:
Cafe Causette - People, who know me, know I love dining at (luxury) hotels. The ambience and food is generally nice and considering that prices in and around the Central district are similar, at least you can expect a level of service at hotels (Hong Kong is not known for great service. Staff is usually ‘sleeping’). If you need a ’hangover’ breakfast, you might want to head to their Mandarin Grill + Bar instead. - Studies have shown that greasy and heavy food, like a full English breakfast, can assist recovery in addition to drinking a lot of water. (Hotel Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central Hong Kong - 2825 4005).
Oolaa - My go-to place for breakfast or brunch, when I can’t be bothered to come up with a place. It’s comfy and I like the large variety of dishes on their menu. I either got used to their (ask-me-three-times-and-still-I-managed-to-foget-your-order) service or it has actually improved a lot. There’s also also a Oolaa [petite] in the Wan Chai district, but that’s nothing compared to the original outlet on Bridges Street. (G/F, Centre Stage, Bridges Street, Soho, Hong Kong - 2803 2083).
Le Jardin de Joël Robuchon - I’m not a huge fan of sweets, especially in the morning, and why would I want to sit in the dark, when I just got up? But if you are like my friends, who prefer starting the day with a bit of luxury and something sweet, this is a good way to kickoff your day. (Shop 315, The Landmark, Central, Hong Kong - 2166-9000).
Mana! Slow Fast Food - “Serving organically inspired, locally produced, vegan & raw slow food, fast!” This eatery reminds me of the 'Pijp' district in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. For a quick an healthy catch-up , this is your place to go. (92 Wellington Street, Central Hong Kong, 2851 1611).
The Petit Café - A concept brought to you by Maxim’s Group. I support those with great marketing strategy. - Both the Asian and western(ised) concepts are very spot on as in target audience and the outlets generally offer very consistent food. (Shop 407, 4/F, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway Admiralty, Hong Kong - 2918 9293). Another nice breakfast place under their umbrella is Simplylife Bread & Wine (IFC Mall, Shop 1081, 1/F, IFC II, 1 Harbour View Street, Hong Kong - 2234 7356).
Le Salon Restaurant et Croissanterie - After the success of Italian-style restaurant AMMO, celebrity chef and restaurateur Tony Cheng, introduced this little French eatery. It might not be the most comfortable place to sit down, nor is it convenient to get to (they are all the way up on the 13th floor of the mall), but it’s worth the visit if you like double-baked croissants with caramel, tiramisu or chestnut filling. (Shop 1302, 13/F, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road Causeway Bay, Hong Kong - 2115 3328).
I couldn’t finish this breakfast story without mentioning where to get a good Hong Kong-style ‘Cha Chaan Teng’ breakfast. Here are the links to the Top Ten ‘Cha Chaan Teng’ from Singapore’s food blogger Brad Lau: www.ladyironchef.com/2012/12/top-10-hong-kong-cha-chaan-teng and Time Out Magazine Hong Kong: www.timeout.com.hk/restaurants-bars/features/33205/hong-kongs-best-cha-chaan-teng.html.