Having been to Maison Eight in TST for dinner when it first opened, I was excited to hear they recently launched a brunch menu (since I’m all about that eggs benny goodness). Maison Eight isn’t exactly in a convenient location (but that could just be me being stuck in my HK Island bubble), but the views from the dining area as well as the outdoor terrace make the trek worth your time. As for the food, Maison Eight brunch offers diners the option of one, two, or three-courses and attempts to please all with a good mix of typical brunch dishes, as well as a handful of fine dining dishes taken from their a la carte menu.
To Start At Maison Eight Brunch
Before you begin devouring your mains, you can opt to add the Maison Eight Sharing Platter (HK$398 for 2 pax) to the start of your meal. The variety of seafood was good and the sides were a nice addition, however, there wasn’t anything about this platter that made it stand out in comparison to the other restaurants that also offer something similar. Personally, I’d skip this and dive straight into the entrees and mains instead.
There are a total of eight options on the Maison Eight brunch “Les Entrees” section, of which many ingredients sounded foreigh (what is a pea veloute, anyway?!), so we stuck with two classics: Full English Breakfast (fried eggs, bacon, sausage, tomato, mushrooms, and potatoes) and the Eggs Benedict with bacon. Both dishes were done well (though my eggs benedict looked a bit lonely on the plate), but again I still hadn’t found that extra ‘something, something’ that would pull me all the way back here (save for the view, of course) when I could just walk a few blocks down my street for similar food.
Moving onto the mains (because we obviously opted for the three-course brunch), we tried the Pan Roasted Pork Chop with fennel compote, steamed granny smith apples, and a cider reduction. This dish certainly resembled more of Maison Eight’s fine dining menu and the varying ingredients went well together. Being a total fatty, I ordered the Prime Beef Burger with hand-cut french fries, which did not disappoint. The patty was cooked well and was juicy without it being overly messy, and the french fries were delicious (I just wish I could have got my greasy fingers on more of them!).
We finished brunch on a sweet note with the gluten free orange almond cake, and double chocolate brownie with vanilla bean ice cream and berries. I really loved the brownie and ice cream, but found the orange almond cake to be a bit lackluster.
I have mixed feelings about my overall experience at Maison Eight.. To begin with the positives, I do love the stellar Hong Kong harbour views from both the dining area, Esme, and the outdoor terrace. If you’re just looking for food, the 2-course brunch with the entree and main is quite good value for money, as the portions are reasonable without having you feel like you’re rolling out afterwards and the ingredients are of high quality. The service, though slow and quite awkward to start (there was no one at the entrance to seat us and it seemed they were confused on our reservation), picked up and our glasses of champagne were rarely left empty.
That being said, there was only one other table occupied during our entire brunch, making for a bit of a dull and slightly off meal. Also, the Esme dining area seems a bit too fancy/uppity for brunch; I think having it in either the open space bar area or even outside on the terrace would add a lot to the overall atmosphere and vibe.
Maison Eight Brunch Pricing
Optional add-on of mocktails (HK$98) or free flow Bollinger Champagne/Rose (HK$390)
21/F, 8 Observatory Road
Tsim Sha Tsui (East)
Tel: 2388 8160