Where & When
You’ll find this rustic Italian restaurant at 208 Hollywood Road and they serve brunch on Saturdays from 11.00am to 3.00pm and Sundays 11.00am to 4.00pm.
I love the location and vibe of 208 Duecento Otto, there’s always a great energy in this area, with it’s mix of old and new. 208 is on the ground floor so if you get a table near the front, which was completely open on the day we went, you can do some people watching. It’s a relatively small space, and the decor is up-scale neighbourhood Italian with a few trendy touches.
The atmosphere is laid-back and relaxed, and the service is warm and friendly and very forthcoming with the free flow refills. Overall, 208 is a really pleasant place to while away a weekend afternoon.
There is a decent appetizer buffet which features a large selection salads, antipasti and seafood. The salads were tasty and fresh.
Next comes your choice of main course,with some hearty and comforting choices on offer, such as Pizza Bomba (bacon & egg pizza) or Nonna’s Spaghetti Bolognese.
We went for the 208 Big Brekky – charred wagyu skirt steak, molinari sausages, cured bacon, fried egg, roast cherry tomato and polenta cake (you pay an extra $88 for this option). I wasn’t a fan of the sausages but otherwise this is an excellent breakfast, and perfect morning-after food.
The dessert table is not huge, but (despite not really needing dessert at this stage) I tasted the brownie and the tiramisu and they were both good, especially the tiramisu which had a real coffee kick and not too sweet. They also had a nice selection of fresh fruit.
Good for Kids?
208 is a perfect place for a family brunch. There’s a play area here, which although not in sight of most tables would be great for restless toddlers. They also do a kid’s brunch menu with some basics that appeal to young palettes, such as baked mac and cheese and a plain cheese and tomato pizza. Plus the laid back atmosphere means parents can relax a little bit. The only down side is that it’s a relatively small restaurant so not great for very big groups. They have highchairs, baby changing facilities and under 4s are free.
Value for Money
This brunch is fantastic value for money at $518 for the brunch buffet, one main course and free flow proseco, draught peroni, aperol spritz, bloody mary, bellini. For another $100 you can sip on Veuve Cliquot. If you skip the main course you can have unlimited appetiser and dessert buffet and free flow for $388. Highly recommended.
When: Saturday 11.00am to 3.00pm; Sunday 11.00am to 4.00pm
Cost: $208 per person buffet only; $108 for children under 12 years old; $338 for buffet plus one main course, $208 for children 4 to 12; add $180 for free flow Prosecco, draught Peroni, Aperol Spritz, Bloody Mary, Bellini and wines or upgrade to Veuve Clicquot Champagne for $280.
Where: 208 Hollywood Road, Sai Ying Pun
Book: 2549 0208, [email protected]