Less greasy than a fry-up and more substantial than granola or a piece of toast, protein-rich omelettes make a smart and nutritious breakfast choice (so long as you go easy on the fillings, that is). And while Hong Kongers are more likely to sit down to a bowl of noodles or congee (rice porridge) for their first meal, there are plenty of options for those looking for an all-American way to start to the day. Here are five of the best.
1 Posto Publicco
With a recently-launched breakfast menu, this sleek New York-style Osteria now opens at 7.30am to cater to early bird business meetings and hungry local residents. Posto prides itself on serving omelettes with eggs laid by happy harmonious hens, which are large in size and rich in colour and taste, and packed with mushrooms, spinach and provolone. Other eggy specials include Eggs Benedict and two eggs served any style served atop a brioche with arugula and baked tomato.
28 Elgin Street, Soho, Central
852 2577 7160
2 The Press Room
A modern take on a European brasserie with large chalkboards displaying the menus, the Press Room is a firm favourite with expatriates and locals alike for long brunch dates due to its relaxed atmosphere and friendly service. Omelettes are served with a choice of bacon, ham, cheese, spring onions, peppers and herbs, and a Graffeo coffee or fresh orange juice makes the perfect accompaniment.
108 Hollywood Road, Central
852 2525 3444
3 Classified the Cheese Room
Those who adore a French influence in their omelette should pull up a chair at Classified, a specialist cheese store and restaurant and renowned breakfast stop where fluffy yellow omelettes are paired with ham and gruyere. Watching your waistline? Then opt for the half-pink grapefruit or bircher muesli with grated apples, yogurt and milk.
Shop 313, Exchange Square Podium, Connaught Place, Central
852 2147 3454
This spacious all-day dining destination has become a reliable option for breakfast since opening late last year, and is a go-to for many Soho residents looking to line their stomachs before heading to the office. Order up the Creamy Four Egg Omelette and lend some luxury to your morning by selecting an upscale filling such as smoked salmon or asparagus. Breakfast sides include hash browns, home-fried potatoes and buttered baby spinach if you want to go large.
G/F Bridges Street, CentreStage, Soho, Mid-Levels
852 2803 2083
Coast offers great people-watching opportunities from its location opposite the Mid-Levels escalator and the Australian-run restaurant/bar has a reputation for delivering great seafood. The breakfast options are similarly impressive, and the four-egg omelettes come with complementary toast on the side. Choose from Spicy (pepperoni, peppers, Spanish onion), Vegetarian (baby spinach, mushrooms, peppers and sweetcorn) or good ol’ Traditional (ham or smoked salmon, tomato, Spanish onion), all of which are topped off with cheese.
1/F Kinwick Centre
32-36 Hollywood Road, Central
852 2544 5888