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Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Laid-Back Gastro Brunch in Hong Kong: The Pawn

We love waking up late on a Saturday morning, with sun streaming in through the curtains, a slightly fuzzy head from too much fun the night before and a rumbling tummy begging to be filled with brunch deliciousness!

But nothing kills that blissful Saturday morning buzz more quickly than indecision about where to go for your brunch fix. Aimlessly wandering the streets is highly likely to end in hanger, a snap decision and an inevitable disappointment of a meal. Googling 'alfresco brunch spots' always seems to throw up the same tatty, touristy atrocities or the tired old cliches. And asking your best friend / boyfriend / dog to choose always seems to lead to squabbles that put a big black cloud over your morning. 

Hong Kong Brunch buds, we have the solution! Next time that you're looking for a little lazy breakfast action, head along to gastropub fav, The Pawn.

If it's a drizzly grey day then snuggle inside, but on those amazing spring Saturdays when the sky's blue and the sun's shining, the Pawn really comes into its own with its huge terrace - the perfect alfresco option.

Wanchai may not be the most picturesque of areas but sitting beneath the gentle breeze from the swirling ceiling fans watching the trams rumble by while you tuck into a hearty breakfast is pretty much as good as any Saturday morning is going to get. 

Especially when you add a Bloody Mary and a Mimosa or two into the mix...

The brunch menu has all bases covered with blueberry buttermilk pancakes for your sweet tooth, beer-battered fish and chips for your English side and an array of roasts which come complete with beef dripping roast potatoes and Yorkshire Pudding if you're after something a little more substantial... 

For us though, brunch generally means eggs and thankfully there's a special box on the menu just for eggs...! 

The scrambled eggs and smoked salmon - a can't go wrong brunch classic is delicious...

But the star of the egg options is the boiled eggs with soldiers. Not just any old boiled eggs and soldiers though you understand. These are boiled to dipping perfection duck eggs sprinkled with crispy smoked bacon. And soldiers smothered in blue cheese butter with their very own sprinkling of crispy bacon bits.

If after all of that, you still have a teeny corner of room for dessert, the rhubarb and ginger crumble with earl grey custard may just be the naughtiest comfort food pudding ever and the ideal excuse to indulge in a little post-brunch snooze!

The Pawn
62 Johnston Road,
Hong Kong.
+852 2866 3444

P.s. for any London lovelies who've read down this far, the London Mice tried out Dishoom for brunch the other day, if you missed it see their write-up in last week's This Week the Mice Have Mostly Been - a definite addition for your Brunch Little Black Book! 

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