The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Brunching @ Wagyu Café, Hong Kong

I am always so busy during this time of the year, that I hardly have any 'down time' to myself. So many errands to run, appointments to meet (mostly for the kids), and running after the toddler everyday while the boy is at school! I get to enjoy family time on Sunday after the morning church service, and most Sundays we choose to take it easy and not bother going out anywhere far from home. Last Sunday, we decided to jump into the festive mood, and we headed over to Pacific Place to check out the Christmas decorations and meet with Santa! We never really sold the Santa story to our 6-year-old, but he was pretty excited to meet one (who he knows is not the Santa), and we got our first family portrait with the most authentic-looking Santa Claus I've ever seen. No fake belly, and I think his beard was real! Anyway, the man in the Santa Claus suit played his part well (I believe the mall hires the same guy every year), and there were many families eager for a photo with him that day! We had to buy a ticket, but all proceeds of the sale goes to charity, and the number token system eliminated unnecessary waiting around in a long queue - a blessing for families with little ones! The boy and I arrived about 30 minutes after ticket sales began that morning, but there were already so many people ahead of us that we were told to come back 2.5 hours later with our number token. I didn't mind that so much as it gave us plenty of time to wait for hubby to arrive after baby girl woke up from her nap, and to enjoy a leisurely lunch. My plan was to bring the family to this nice little place near the mall where I'd been to a couple of times with a friend, but was surprised to see that it was no longer there! Everything looked the same, but with a different name: Wagyu Café. Wagyu Café belongs to the same umbrella company as Oolaa Petite, which I found out later had moved to another shop space on Star Street not far away. The menu appeared very similar to Oolaa Petite, and since a table for four was available at this peak brunch time, we decided to just give it a try anyway.

The service was more or less the same as last times I visited - adequate and friendly - and the atmosphere was also quite the same. The menu was only slightly different, and we knew what we wanted so it didn't take long for us to decide and order. Our table featured a lot of eggs! Staff were happy to check with the kitchen our allergy queries for our boy, and the kitchen was also flexible when I requested to switch the spinach for avocado in my eggs marianne. The boy enjoyed his meal of bread-and-eggs, the baby gladly ate anything we put in her mouth (mushrooms, eggs, avocado), and the grown-ups were also happy with their food!

The boy's 2 Eggs Any Style (poached) with toast (HK$30). Simplicity at its best:

Hubby chose the Full English (HK$115) - eggs any style (hubby requested scrambled), cumberland sausages, bacon, mushrooms, pan fried potatoes, grilled tomatoes and baked beans (served in a separate bowl, not pictured). No complaints from hungry hubby who proceeded to swiftly finish his plate:

I chose my staple brunch of Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon and avocado (HK$110), and sage hollandaise on the side as requested. Can't go wrong with poached eggs on toasted turkish bread! Perfectly fine without the hollandaise (though hubby loves it drenched in the sauce):

A side of mushrooms (HK$30) to up the vege intake:

Hubby was still hungry after his full English breakfast, so he ordered Lemon Ricotta Pancakes (HK$75) with crème fraîche and blackberries. Light and fluffy, and so good with maple syrup and berries (though the boy preferred to eat his dry without syrup and fruit):

It was good to see that although the name of the café had changed, the quality was still as good as before.

[Prices quoted above do not include the 10% service charge.]

Wagyu Café
Ground Floor

Shop 12 & 14 Regal Court
Wing Fung Street
Wanchai, Hong Kong
Tel. +85 2 2529 1618

1 comment:

  1. That sounds like a hearty breakfast with lots of variety! Hope you have a lovely Christmas!