Statement, The Dispensary and The Chinese Library are a trio of stylish venues on the first floor of the renovated Tai Kwun former police station on Hollywood Road. Run by aqua group, these three elegant spots tell the story of Hong Kong’s history and food culture. We’re always in the market for a new brunch and couldn’t wait to sample Statement’s weekend Britannia Brunch.
We arrived at The Dispensary, a cosy and elegant bar with amazing cocktails, and from there instead of turning left for The Chinese Library’s Chinese and Cantonese delights, we turned right into Statement.
The interior design is an integral part of the overall experience at Statement, it feels refined and traditional, a bit like stepping into a 1940s members club but with a contemporary twist. The style fits perfectly in the setting at Tai Kwun, and the attractive terraces (one with a view over the Tai Kwun parade ground, the other looking down on Hollywood Road) add to the charm.
We felt pampered throughout our brunch at Statement, beginning with a welcoming smile and very welcome bucks fizz as we walked in the door. The Britannia Brunch includes free flow (Veuve Cliquot, wine, bucks fizz, Bloody Mary, espresso martini) and a set menu of refined British classics. The atmosphere is elegant but fun, and the layout is ideal for larger groups as well as couples.
To start we were served a delicious charcuterie with pickles and sourdough bread (with the option of Marmite butter, love it or hate it, fellow Brits will understand). A very extensive seafood platter including Irish oysters and shallot vinegar, Norwegian smoked salmon, Cornish prawns with roe mayonnaise, Cornish mussels cooked in white wine was served at the same time.
From the choice of four mains, we opted for two all-time British favourites. The roast British beef with Yorkshire pudding and the fish & chips (re-vamped as beer-battered cod, triple cooked chips with black & white garlic mayonnaise). All the mains are served with sides of roast potatoes, buttered heritage carrots and mixed vegetables.
The roast beef and Yorkshire pudding will please Sunday roast traditionalists, because it sticks to the tried and tested formula. The beef is served from a silver carving trolley, which was a fun bit of brunch-time drama, and was tender and delicious. And while I can’t say the Yorkshire puds were as good as mum makes (don’t want to cause a family rift here) they were well risen, crispy and perfect for soaking up that gorgeous gravy.
Meanwhile, we also enjoyed the triple cooked chips (actually one giant, layered, crispy chip, dotted with tasty garlic mayo) and the fish wrapped in crunchy batter.
This is a really filling brunch, but nonetheless from the choice of 4 desserts we managed to squeeze in the chocolate orange mousse and medium-cut orange marmalade and the selection of British artisan cheeses with grape & apple chutney and hand-made Scottish oat biscuits (the cheese platter is an additional $68 per person). The chocolate mousse was delicious, but the home made biscuits and cheese stole the show and were the ideal way to finish off this indulgent brunch.
This is a brunch with a sense of occasion, delicious food and generous free flow; try it next time you have something to celebrate. We wouldn’t recommend this brunch for families with younger children.
Where: Statement, Police Headquarters Block 01, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central
When: Statement’s Britannia Brunch is served on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 12pm to 3pm
Pricing: $628 per person, including free flow Veuve Clicquot Champagne, sommelier’s choice of wine, Bloody Mary, Buck’s fizz and Espresso Martini. Add $100 per person for Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut Rosé and add $200 per person for Ruinart, Blanc de Blancs Champagne