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brunch club’s fantastical book club!

in Causeway Bay where we have oodles of space, we have two antique cupboards filled with donated books….”brunch club’s fantastical book club!”

It is fantastical because:

  • All the books are donated by our customers
  • Free reading and browsing in brunch club
  • Feel free to take any home, provided you donate some in exchange
  • No joining fees, membership fees or hassle
  • You’d be surprised, for donated books, we do have quite a few interesting titles…Looks like lots of you out there are quite into sci-fi, novels, self-help, etc.
  • People have donated games too! (no taking games home though)
  • Wonderful way to spend a lazy afternoon…

A very big googly-eye THANK YOU to all who so generously donated. So for those of you who are not yet on board, come join our book club – give some and take some – and be part of the brunchclubber community exchange!

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brilliant Time Out review on brunch club & supper

I know, its a bit much to post good reviews on your own site, and keep on doing it, but we really can’t help ourselves. Trust me, we always read the bad reviews too, learn from them and try our utmost to improve, so I think we deserve a little pat on the back once in a while!

Thank you Time Out! You may read the full review here.

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Brunch Club & Supper, Leighton Road – the making of

1/f 13 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay. Right opposite the Craigengower Cricket Club, entrance in between the Roxy-Quicksilver Shop and Nam Ah Restaurant.

A beautiful 2000+sf space, lots of light, big windows, wonderful view of the Cricket Club and our very own Grand Entrance on Leighton Road. We had to get it, and we were running out of time! Our lease expiring, we had only two months to sign a lease, plan the design, get a license and finish construction! I still don’t know how we did it, but here we are…


On your left is/was our so-called “empty canvas”. It used to be an office. The plaster on the plain white walls were knocked away to reveal a most beautiful, red coloured brick wall; hiding beneath the pillars was a concrete surface with a wonderful rough look and texture, we were in luck!

And below is the finished piece, complemented by Ms. Sealey Brandt’s timeless & amazing black & white portrait photography which looks amazing on the dual-textured surfaces.

We actually opened in May, and yes, its November now that I’m posting the pics, updates and all, but that’s because we’ve been quite busy with another project called “Marie’s Patisserie & Boulangerie”. But that’s for another blog.

Meanwhile, back in April, this was what was happening: chaos

To be a true construction worker in Hong Kong, you have to:

1. Be properly tattooed

2. Eat Char Siu Rice at least once a week

3. Have a pre-lunch break and tea break and ready to finish work at 4.50pm.

4. Be able to paint, drill and saw with a cigarette in your mouth.

Original, original flooring. Look at this floor…yes, it looks bad but believe me, we all looked even worse given all the work we had to put in to remove this original vinyl tiling. Notice that underneath the glue you can see glimpses of the old ceramic tiling that was underneath. This 1960’s ceramic tile flooring was what I wanted (demanded). I was adamant (strangely adamant) that we HAD to remove the vinyl (which was easy) AND the glue (which was darned impossible), to reveal the original original tiling underneath.

We found that the only way to remove the glue was using paint thinner (dangerously toxic quantities), a scraper and cloth. We had hired a new bartender. His first duty was to help us do this. We were all on the floor, on our hands an knees, with the powerful SARS masks on our faces and large tins of thinner at hand, scraping, wiping, scraping, wiping. Boy, our bartender was proving to be a really good hire. I guess mixing cocktails strengthens the hands?On the 2nd or 3rd day, he had polished up a pretty good area of clean tile!

Then he stopped…and sat…for about a good hour, just staring at the clean patch of floor around him. Then he went for a cigarette break. And that was the last we saw or heard from him.

I wonder what was going through his head…or maybe his mask was faulty and he actually blacked out…we will never know…whatever it was, thank you so much Chris, even though you only stayed a couple of days, your help was invaluable we don’t blame you for leaving.

Back to the story: I really wanted a REAL fireplace, but given that you are on the first floor of a multi-storey building, and given that you are in HK, adamance or not, it just wasn’t happening (plus I doubt the Fire Services Department will ever allow it). So I settled for this cute little decorative piece that can actually be set to blow out hot or cold air, and made to look like it is burning a flame or just hot coal. I am very pleased with it, if you’d like one for yourself, I got it from The Hampton’s Furniture Ltd at Horizon Plaza in Aberdeen.

As you can see, it is the perfect setting for the antique Elephant Buddha very generously donated by my mother from her Indochine antique collection…

We had an empty wall that we were not sure what to do with, and then I picked up the Galleri Magazine for inspiration and !eureka! found a few artists that were perfect for the job: Jonathan Jay Lee, Start from Zero, Scott Chan and Graphic Airlines. We loved the work of all these artists, but in the end, we could only choose one and we went with Graphic Airlines, because we thought that their design would suit the place better. Voila, they transformed our wall into an imaginary world, a magical dream where rabbits are 15ft tall, poodles float like clouds and photographers are giants…perfect!

Since construction was done in the day, the arty work had to be done at night. So for a couple of nights, Tat & Vi from Graphic Airlines and some friends from Brunch Club would be in the shop, sometimes till 5am…painting, taking naps, drinking beer…Graphic Airlines crew doing the wall, Brunch Club crew painting the ceiling (its just a dark brown colour, nothing special, please don’t look up at it or you’ll notice the amateur job).

Btw, Tat & Vi are all you would imagine artists to be, right down to the haircut, thick-rimmed glasses, fashion sense and love of liquor!

So for all the artists out there and whoever else who shares the same love for beers, wines, cocktails and spirits, we’ve got a brand new bar for you with a temperature controlled wine cellar. Plus, a daily happy hour complete with snacks (think tempura oysters) from 5-8pm.

Now for our entrance…Paris to me has always been Eugène Atget’s Paris. I did not want to recreate it (how could I?), but that was what I had in mind when creating our entrance. So we turned a simple staircase corridor into a little street scene, with wooden window sills, potted plants, street lamps and a big, banging, in your face, red signboard lit by a million light bulbs, like a billboard from the old days (with some missing bulbs, just to complete the look).

I must admit, with the time constraints, and the copious amounts of pillars in this space, I was really stressing over the ambience bit. We had an amazing chef team, well-trained service staff, and I had to deliver on the other key factor, ambience. I could not let everyone down. Thankfully, we’ve got an amazing and overwhelming response thus far! Bar the teething problems with any new business, our guests seem to be very pleased with the ambience, food and service.

Roll credits: We’d like to thank all the people we work with, all our friends and family, and all brunch clubbers for your help, support and effort throughout this amazing journey. We hope you’ll be on board with us for the many adventures to come, no matter where you are!

All photos taken by Jonas Lillie except the one of Graphic Airlines painting the mural.

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Hello Leighton Road!

To our dearest friends and loyal patrons,

We  have said adieu to our shop in Sun Wui Road, Causeway Bay and are currently moving all our things over to our new spot on 1/f, 13 Leighton Road (see the previous post for more details). 

We hope to complete the move in 9 days and plan to reopen for business on May 6th (next Wednesday). We apologize for not being able to serve you a lovely brunch this May 1 long weekend in Causeway Bay. 

Please do be patient and we’ll continue to keep you updated with progress. We will miss you these 9 days and can’t wait to welcome you to our new place! 

Happy May 1 everyone…

all at brunch club

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bye 2008, Hello 2009

Dear friends, 

Thank you for making 2008 a fantastic year for brunch club. We are looking forward to the year ahead and hope that it brings much love, joy and happiness to all of us…

Happy New Year!

all at brunch club

New Year's Eve Menu

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Vins de France Food & Wine Tasting evening

Dear friends,

Vins de France, a wine company in Hong Kong will be holding what promises to be a really delightful event at brunch club & supper this Thursday evening. We’ll be providing the food, and they’ll be supplying wine!

All are most warmly invited, if you would like to attend please see reservation details below. Do feel free to forward to any of your friends who are into food and wine.

Have a good week!

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which magazines do you want?

Dear brunch clubbers,

Alot of you may not know but all our magazines are also for sale, so next time you want to grab a magazine, do consider picking them up here at brunch club.

We’ve actually got a really wide range, from gossip to art, interior design to sports, from surfing to psycology, business to religion…

I also subscribe to Sports Illustrated and so for all those guys who are into American Sports, all the latest copies are at brunch club!

Next time you are here and want to buy something interesting and different to read, do check out these titles:

Donna Hay: One of the most beautiful cooking magazines on the market. The ideas and food are so wonderfully presented you’ll just want to look at them even if you are not into cooking.

Hiker’s Guide to Hong Kong: This is a brilliant book for all who live in Hong Kong. You need to get out there and explore the many wonderful trails on the island, from nature to museums, cultural, beach and even interesting cemetery hikes! This is the bible for hikes that are relatively moderate and have lots of fun factor. It has all you need from what you’ll see during the hike, historical background of the places you’ll visit, the length of the hike, estimate time, and how to get there and back. For the more serious hikers, we also stock the “Serious Hiker’s Guide to Hong Kong”. Also by the same publisher is “Hong Kong: What’s in What’s Out”.

Psychologies: You’ll be surprised how many articles in here you’ll actually find interesting and be able to associate with. Very often we are so busy trying to improve our careers & romance we can leave our own feelings, emotions and psychological needs neglected. They have great articles on some of the emotions we feel but sometimes sweep aside like shyness, embarrassment, the blues, how to entertain, low self esteem, mood swings and the like. A good read!

Culture Hong Kong: Another gorgeous publication that is packed full with beautiful pictures of art, culture and natural landscape. They feature a great column on antiques by the proprietor of Oi Ling Antiques who is definitely an authority on the subject of old Chinese artifacts. They’ve also got a wonderful Good Grape Review which focuses on wine & cuisine and a travel page that shows you the other side of China, one that is still filled with raw, natural beauty & little touched by development.

Do let us know if there are any magazines you want to see at the brunch club and we’ll try our best to stock up for you!

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