Looking for an Alibi: Spanish family Sunday brunch at Cordis, Mong Kok!

Accidental Tai-Tai Alibi Cordis Hotel BrunchWe recently headed over to Mong Kok and the newly rebranded Cordis Hotel (previously known as Langham Place) to test-drive Sunday brunch with the kids at Alibi – Wine, Dine, Be Social (to give it its full and cumbersome name).Accidental Tai-Tai Alibi Cordis Hotel BrunchAlibi, as I shall henceforth refer to the restaurant, is a cool, loft-inspired space, all polished concrete, interesting artwork, hipster music and loungey corners, and so at first glance definitely not the most obvious spot to brunch with kids.

Accidental Tai-Tai Alibi Cordis Sunday BrunchUndeterred, we parked our party (four adults, one vegetarian; one hungry and adventurous four-year-old and one baby new to the whole business of eating) on a low lounge at the back of the restaurant and scoped out the setup.

Accidental Tai-Tai Alibi Cordis BuffetAlthough described as “modern European”, the Alibi’s Sunday brunch definitely leans towards Spanish – no bad thing when eating as a family, as tapas and sharing plates are pretty much ideal for kids who can try a bit of everything (then reject it all in favour of cramming bread into their mouths for the rest of the meal).Accidental Tai-Tai Alibi Cordis BuffetPriced at a very reasonable HK$358 per adult or HK$238 per kid, the semi-buffet concept is straightforward enough – there’s an extensive selection of starters and desserts for you to help yourself to, while you order your mains from a menu where they’re freshly made to order. Although the standard buffet includes unlimited sangria, you can choose to up the ante with free-flowing Perrier-Jouët bubbles for an extra HK$200, which of course we did.

Accidental Tai-Tai Alibi Cordis Sunday Brunch

There’s also a kids’ menu, although we weren’t hugely inspired by the selection of either chicken tenders or tomato pasta, and so gave it a swerve in favour of letting Master T-T loose on the buffet. And here I was extremely impressed by the obvious focus on quality over quantity, with a well thought-out range of antipasti, Spanish cheese and some really excellent salads in the cold corner.
Accidental Tai-Tai Alibi Cordis BrunchHot buffet options came in the form of two vast paella (seafood and veggie), sautéed prawns, tortilla and some ridiculously moreish cheese toasties that I could barely stop munching long enough to order my main. Accidental Tai-Tai Alibi Cordis Buffet

Seafood lovers will be on board with the fresh oysters, fried anchovies with sea urchin mayo and langoustine bisque here, which Mr T-T declared delicious.

Accidental Tai-Tai Alibi Cordis BuffetMains number just three – a vegetarian baked egg with peppers and Manchego cheese, French spring chicken with polenta fries and a grilled rib eye steak with salsa verde. Between us we ordered one of each, and I have to say that the chicken was the runaway winner here.

Accidental Tai-Tai Alibi Cordis BuffetThe egg dish was perfectly fine too, but my steak, while cooked well, arrived colder than I would have liked. It would also have benefitted from a side salad or fries… or anything at all really, as it comes served with the salsa and nothing else as an accompaniment.

Accidental Tai-Tai Alibi Cordis BuffetOnto dessert, and the classic Spanish churros take up their very own corner of the buffet, complete with molten chocolate for dipping. Obviously this was a HUGE hit with Master T-T who got stuck in, gleefully waving his sugary fingers in his nonplussed little brother’s face, who was perched in a high chair, nomming on chunks of fresh watermelon and pineapple.

Accidental Tai-Tai Alibi Cordis BuffetI preferred the creamy dulce de leche cheesecake and frangipane tart, both of which were sweet enough but not overly cloying after a huge, champagne-fuelled meal.

Accidental Tai-Tai Alibi Cordis Brunch
Overall, Alibi’s Sunday brunch is a good option for those with kids, offering a buzzy, relaxed environment with enough space to accommodate families while not infringing on other diners’ meals. The buffet concept is good for picky eaters and culinary adventurers alike, while the free-flow bubbles will ensure that Mum and Dad have a good time too.

Brunch hours: 11.30am to 2.30pm

Costs: HK$358 plus 10% per adult, HK$238 plus 10% per child; free-flow Perrier-Jouët available for an extra HK$200 per person.

Alibi – Wine, Dine, Be Social, 5/F, Cordis Hotel, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong; 3552 3028

www.cordishotels.com/en/hong-kong/restaurants-and-bars/alibi-wine-dine-be-social

 

Please note that this meal was by invitation – thanks to the team at Cordis for having us! 

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