When you’re looking in the right places, Hong Kong’s dining scene really doesn’t disappoint. But, there are those rare times when even your favourite dish at your favourite restaurant doesn’t quite fit the bill. If you’re on the hunt for an out-of-the-ordinary meal, we’ve lined up some of the most unique dining experiences in Hong Kong. Whether you’re in a food rut with the little ones, looking for a memorable mamas-only meal, or ready to make the most of your next special occasion, we’ve got you covered. From organic farms and late-night boat rides to meals at local homes, there’s something to satisfy every appetite…
Click through the slideshow to check out the most unique dining experiences in Hong Kong.
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Ready to order your dishes in sign language? Friends Italian Restaurant is run by staff who are deaf or have hearing impairments so you’re taught to communicate a few key phrases in basic Hong Kong sign language! The relaxed Italian café-meets-bistro is all about promoting social integration for people with disabilities. Friends believes that everyone is unique and has different talents to bring to the table (pun intended!). I was recently here to support a SENsational Consultancy event, so I can fully vouch for the quality of service and the thoughtful staff. Whether you’re heading out for a Sunday meal with the family, or organising a corporate event, this spot proves that we all have so much to learn about diversity and inclusion.
Friends, Shop 742, 7/F, Fortune Metropolis, 6-10 Metropolis Drive, Hung Hom, Hong Kong, 26680450, www.facebook.com/friendswithdeaf
Virginia from Humid with a Chance of Fishballs runs food tours, showcasing hidden gems of Hong Kong. This sampan boat excursion takes dining to a whole new level. Her motto is to offer a “lil’ slice of Asia”, so you can expect an authentic, old Hong Kong take featuring the freshest seafood in town. Think: fresh prawns, clams in black bean sauce, razor clam with enoki mushrooms, typhoon shelter crabs, Chinese kale, noodles with crab meat, and Chinese wine. If you’re looking for an evening off-the-beaten-path, full of tradition, history, seafood, and Chinese culture, you’ve found your next adventure…
Humid with a Chance of Fishballs’s Sampan Dining Experience, Every Tuesday from 7 to 10pm. Starting location is Causeway Bay, end location is Tin Hau, www.humidwithachanceoffishballs.com/seafood-sampan-boat
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Glamping, barbequing and organic farming? Sounds like a solid deal to us. With plenty of family activities (including bouncy castles, an outdoor games ground and kids camps), Mingle Farm is well worth a visit. We can’t get over the awesome camping accommodation options! From the igloo-like Aecosphere domes, to the family-size caravan, to the themed “fantasy” rooms, the atmosphere here is unlike anything we’ve experienced in Hong Kong. Though the focus is more on the place than the food, every caravan is equipped with a gas-fired stove, and there are BBQ pits available on site. There’s also the option to get pre-ordered meals, and the entire farm is filled with fresh produce.
Mingle Farm, No. 30, Fung Ka Wai, Tin Chi Road, Yuen Long, N.T., WhatsApp: 97858263, www.minglefarm.com
Strokes is Hong Kong’s only premier Crazy Golf and Lifestyle club. With mini golf, a retro-diner restaurant and a bar complete with mixologists and baristas, this is a place that really will keep every member of the family on their toes. The massive event space and the brightly lit lounge is a fun-for-all space, catering to both walk-ins and large group bookings. Before or after food, the 45-minute round of Crazy Golf is worth checking out – the loops, tunnels, and ball jumps are harder than they look!
Strokes Hong Kong, Causeway Bay, Kingston St, Fashion Walk, G2-3, 28771800, www.strokeshk.com
BiteUnite’s new concept is all about making sure you’re not just eating like a local, but cooking like one too! These market-to-table cooking classes start with a visit to the overflowing Wan Chai wet market, where you’re guaranteed to discover local produce and the freshest ingredients. Once you’ve selected everything for the class, the experts take you back to the BiteUnite kitchen to transform the ingredients into delicious Cantonese dishes. After enjoying a traditional Chinese meal, you get the recipes to take home with you. Plus, the mini-master-chefs of the family are encouraged to get involved!
BiteUnite, G/F, 15 Lung On Street, Wan Chai, www.biteunite.com/eventbase
HA Cube is Hong Kong’s first (and only) indoor fishing farm. Roughly translated as “Prawn Cube”, you’ll find shrimps, clams, lobsters and everything else you could possibly hope to spot in the sea. The farm then lets you barbecue your catch straightaway. And don’t worry about coming prepared, the venue provides everything from start to finish (including fishing rods and BBQ stations). There’s also a dart machine and a board game area for families to spend time at in between catching their meal.
HA Cube, Unit C, 3/F, Tsun Win Factory Building, 60 Tsun Yip St, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/hacubehk
Crazy Car Cafe is completely true to its name. This race car-themed restaurant focuses more on the sprawling track than the food – though it does serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus drinks and coffee throughout the day. The cars are available to rent in small groups, and you can also book out the space for birthdays and events. For the younger members of the gang, there’s a small play area to explore. The spot is an ideal treat for little ones who are already looking to get behind the wheel.
Crazy Car Cafe, Unit 205-211A, 2/F, D2 Place Two, 15 Cheung Shun St, Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/CrazyCarCafe
PlateCulture is a platform that lets you dine at a local host’s home. No matter what your cuisine or location preference, there really is something for everyone. Take your pick between anything from Vietnamese to Mediterranean to Polish – and conveniently check out the menu, price, and individual reviews before you book. The hosts are accommodating and incredibly passionate about their dishes, so you can be sure that food is the focus point of the evening. Some of the dinners even include cooking classes for when you’re looking to fully immerse yourself in the dining experience. With countless options to choose from (including dining on a yacht and al fresco meals) in this is an ideal way to personalise private dining for special occasions.
PlateCulture, various locations around Hong Kong, www.plateculture.com/destination/hong-kong
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