Enjoying a leisurely weekend brunch is a favourite pastime for most people in Hong Kong and we definitely aren’t short of options around town. Now, our favourite Caribbean bar and restaurant, Rummin’ Tings, has recently launched its new Island Brunch menu, featuring six Caribbean-inspired dishes with free-flow drinks options.
I have always been a fan of Rummin’ Tings, not only for its fiery and very tasty Caribbean food, but also its lively vibe that makes it an easy choice for drinks, no matter the occasion. Although I was sad to see the ‘all-you-can-jerk’ brunch disappear off the menu before I got a chance to try it, the Island Brunch has a little something for everyone.
The classic brunch staple, Eggs Benedict, is reinvented here as Jerk Eggs Benedict, due to its hint of Trinidadian jerk spices. This was delicious – the egg cooked to a runny perfection, the English muffin just toasted enough and I liked how the Parma ham had been crisped up. However, I did think the chef could have been a little bolder with the jerk flavours, which were only just evident.
It’s hard to go wrong with an avocado toast. Rummin’ Tings’ version comes mixed with tomato, onion and chives to create a fantastically reliable dish that I would order again and again. Personally, I would add a couple of eggs on top, so perhaps that could be an extra option for those looking for something a bit heartier.
The grilled jerk chicken requires pre-ordering at least a day in advance. I would definitely recommend doing that, as this chicken is as succulent and juicy as it gets. The chicken comes with a bowl of cinnamon-dusted fried plantain chips, which were ridiculously good. Unfortunately, the accompanying rice and peas weren’t available, so we were given a basket of ragamuffins instead, to which I uttered no objections, as I adore this fluffy cornbread with smoked chilli butter!
What is brunch without pancakes? At Rummin’ TIngs, naturally, the pancakes come with your choice of rum & raisin or coconut ice cream for a hint of the Caribbean. The pancakes were light and fluffy, just as they should be.
Brunch is also not really brunch without free-flow drinks. If only bubbles will complete your brunch experience, then the Champagne, beer and wine option comes at a rather steep $468 for four hours, whilst the Caribbean Pimm’s, beer or wine option is only $288. We tried the Pimm’s, which had an extra hit of rum – a few of these and you’ll certainly be on your merry way.
The Island Brunch menu is available every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 4pm. Rather than being a fixed price for food and drinks, dishes are priced between $80 and $170, which is pretty reasonable for brunch. I’d recommend ordering a range of dishes at staggered times to share between your group… just make sure you leave space for the pancakes!
28 Hollywood Road
Tel: +852 2523 7070