Brunch in Hong Kong


In addition to street food, there is something to be said for comfort food, especially when traveling. After 8 days in India, there was something refreshing about showing up in Goa, the old Portugese territory, and finding shrimp sauteed in butter and garlic on the menu. I’m certainly not far enough into this adventure to be really jonesing for some comfort food, especially when the street food is so delicious. Still, when one of my friends who lives here recommended a brunch place run by an American expat, and I had some time to kill, I decided to give it a try.

I’m sitting on a leather chair in The Flying Pan on Lockhart Road here in Hong Kong, enjoying Challah French Toast – and it is the real deal. The menu is decidedly American bruch, with eggs, waffles, pancakes, french toash, blintzes and all the breakfast meats you can handle. As an added bonus, there’s a reasonably well stocked bar and draft beer available.The food reminds me of a decent diner in NYC, though without the surly staff or extra grease normally included in an order.

This particular location is the second one they have here in Hong Kong, and it is in the middle of the Wan Chai neighborhood, which is known for the hostess bars, among other things, so I would assume that the business remains pretty steady even into the night; they are open 24/7/365 (why isn’t it 24/7/52? but that’s a different rant). They’ve got a juke box with a pretty good music selection and free WiFi, too.

Definitely worth a visit if you’re in town and looking for some comfort food. Don’t just take my word for it, either. The NY Times agrees, and so does this reviewer.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
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