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

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Brunching and lunching @ Brick Lane [Admiralty], Hong Kong

Not long ago, hubby and I tried out Brick Lane for a brunch date. We met up as usual on Saturday morning, after hubby had dropped off the 6-year-old at his two back-to-back classes (leaving the 18-month-old at home with the nanny). We only had about an hour before having to pick up the boy, and we rocked up to Brick Lane at 10:30am, only to discover that it opened at 11am. It was not the most leisurely brunch date we've had, but the food was good, and hubby made it back to our kid before he came out of his class. We went to Brick Lane again with the kids a few weekends later for a more leisurely lunch, and the place was hopping at the peak of lunch service. It is located next to the harbour front, and the spacious al fresco area has a nice cityscape view. The decor is quirky and there is the iconic Brick Lane's "ghost" bicycle mounted on the wall! Brick Lane is named after the hip and trendy area in East London, founded by three bankers who also opened the first Brick Lane in Tsim Sha Tsui. According to their website, "BRICK LANE is a restaurant in Hong Kong specialising in all day breakfasts, egg benedicts and British gastronomy".

Our view for half an hour while waiting for Brick Lane to open - small cakes were on display:

Urban chic interior, bringing to us the artistic vibe of Brick Lane in East London:

My mocha and hubby's cappuccino - I love the latte art of the bicycle on the cappucino!

Hubby was feeling hungry and ordered the Brick Lane Combo (HK$159), which included his preferred style of three eggs (scrambled), bacon, ham, Portobello mushrooms, sausage, cheese, black pudding, Yorkshire pudding, hash brown, toast, corned beef, smoked salmon, roasted vine tomatoes, green salad and baked beans. Hubby's only issue was that the scrambled eggs were done too wet for his liking (perfectly done for my taste though):

I ordered the Three Choice (HK$88), which came with my style of two eggs (poached), three choices of sides (baked beans, roasted vine tomatoes, and Portobello mushrooms), green salad and toast. Thumbs up from me!

On our second visit, hubby got the Everything (HK$118) - his preferred style of two eggs (scrambled), sausage, bacon, Portobello mushroom, cheese, roasted vine tomatoes, green salad, baked beans, smoked salmon, hash brown and toast. Quality was consistent with our previous visit, but hubby had forgotten that he was not that keen on how the scrambled eggs were done last time:

I wasn't feeling that hungry, but the Royal Scones (HK$78) with clotted cream and berry jam took my fancy. The scones were a little bit undercooked, but I was just happy to order scones without being limited to afternoon tea sets:

A little bit of after-meal indulgence with Affogato (HK$55):

And Pancakes (HK$78), just perfect with fresh fruits, butter, cream and golden syrup:

Brick Lane is a nice place for brunch, and I am sure it is also a great venue for drinks.

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

BRICK LANE [Admiralty]
Shop 404
4th Floor, Citic Tower
1 Tim Mei Ave
Tel. +85 2 2363 2500

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