If you’re on the hunt for British gastropub fare, then head straight to BRICK LANE. No, we’re not talking about the famed London street, we’re referring to Hong Kong’s popular restaurants, drawing in crowds keen to sample everything from traditional English roasts complete with Yorkshire pudding, to weekend family brunches.
With the opening of the flagship restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui, followed by BRICK LANE in Admiralty and another in Causeway Bay, Hong Kongers no longer need to travel thousands of miles to find decent British fare. The quintessentially English BRICK LANE works double duty, comforting UK residents living abroad in Hong Kong, while providing an introduction into British gastronomy for local foodies.
Taking the vibe of the artsy and vibrant BRICK LANE in East London to a whole new level, the Admiralty eatery conjures up the distinct look and feel of a casual gastropub in London’s laneways. Every detail was handpicked, including the dark-wood furniture, vintage lighting and brick walls. Mounted on the wall near the entrance is a big white ‘ghost’ bike – now the brand’s most recognisable symbol.
With its large, alfresco space right in the heart of Hong Kong’s central commercial district, BRICK LANE continues to be one of the best places in the neighbourhood for weekend brunch. In the evening, its prime position right in front of Victoria Harbour makes it one of the best places in town to watch the fireworks.
BRICK LANE incorporates authentic British flavours into modern dishes that Hong Kongers love. The restaurant’s all-day breakfast menu means no one will raise an eyebrow if you order the Big English Breakfast at 3pm on a Wednesday.
As with many traditional gastropubs, inspiration comes not just from Britain but from throughout the Commonwealth. Dig your teeth into the grilled Australian Kobe beef or bring some friends to share a whole Cajun roast chicken. Vegetarians have not been forgotten – 30% of the menu is vegetarian with highlights including the inventive roast cauliflower steak.
For those with a sweet tooth, the dessert and digestif pairings are an easy choice: enjoy a bubbly French 75 with BRICK LANE’s modern take on a Victoria sandwich where layers of sponge cake, jam and cream are served in a mason jar; while the rich red velvet cake is delicious with a few sips of a refreshing Guinness martini.
BRICK LANE Gallery is an extension of BRICK LANE, and the team was among the first to pioneer the concept of combining a gallery with a restaurant in Hong Kong. They wanted to help local artists showcase their work, and therefore opened up part of the restaurant for exhibitions.
With the BRICK LANE team pushing art and gastronomy under one roof, it has become more than just a place to eat – it’s a materialisation of the edgy and artsy London scene in the heart of Hong Kong, and for many, a comforting taste of home.