NOM the weekday blues away

By on October 26, 2015

When the work week is done and the warm weekend sun peeks through your window, a hearty brunch is the perfect way to start the day. If you’re looking to try something unique for breakfast beyond traditional eggs Benedict, NOM with its new Italian weekend brunch is your new best friend.

Tucked away under Elgin Street in SoHo, NOM exudes a classical Italian vibe with a contemporary twist. While it prides itself as Hong Kong’s first meatball bar, on weekends it serves healthy and comforting brunches from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aged wooden furniture, white walls and glass white fixtures create a minimalist environment, while the vibrant bar adds a fun touch. It is a large eatery with ample space, able to seat more than 80 people.

After being seated, you will be greeted with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice that deliciously washes away the hangover from last night’s poison. The items on the a la carte brunch menu are personal favourites of the Executive Chef, Fabrizio Napolitano. Vegetarians needn’t shy away as the brunch menu has options for them too.

We started with a brunch set that comprised of ‘Corn on the cob/ Chipotle mayo/ Italian stew beans/ Sunny side up egg/ Crouton’ (HK$108). The Italian stew beans and egg, paired with crispy croutons, were delicious and well cooked. The chipotle mayo dressing and a sprinkle of grated cheese made the simple corn on the cob dish that much more appealing.

Brunch Set 1 (1)

Next, we went for the set comprising of ‘Organic lamb sausage/ Stew eggplant/ Focaccia bread/Soft boiled egg’ (HK$158). The focaccia, while crunchier than expected, was excellently paired with a small portion of eggplant mayo dip. The lamb sausage was cooked to perfection, according to my non‐vegetarian guest. The classic Italian-stewed eggplant and tomato gravy was a tad oily, but complemented the sausage nevertheless. The portions in each brunch set were sizeable, and one set is sufficient for one person.

Brunch Set 2 (1)

Award‐winning Bar Manager Charles Chiang offers a selection of alcoholic and non‐alcoholic drinks to go with your meal. We decided to go with a refreshing mocktail called Vermillion Rush (HK$68) that had a lovely hint of basil and fennel.

We had freshly baked orange cake for dessert with bits of candied orange slices and lip-smacking whipped cream, which was definitely one of the highlights of the meal. We topped off the satisfying meal with a warm cup of coffee, welcome even on a hot Hong Kong Saturday afternoon.

NOM ‐ Not Only Meatballs | 1/F, 1‐5 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong | +852 2540 7988

Set lunch on weekdays from 12 ‐ 2:30 p.m and Brunch on weekends from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Medhavi Arora

Medhavi Arora is a journalist and a final year student at the University of Hong Kong studying Journalism and International Relations. She has worked in print, online and broadcast media, communications and international diplomacy, and is trying to figure out what she loves best. She is a proud vegetarian foodie, environmentalist and feminist. Some sights and spectacles from her travels are on Instagram at @wayfaringstranger18.

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