Family-style dining outside the home!
Looking for something more intimate than the noise and crowds you have to deal with at Hong Kong’s most popular restaurants (especially with the current dining restrictions)? Or would you rather have people come home but just don’t have the space to host them? This city boasts of a variety of private kitchens which makes entertaining guests with good food and a great location that much easier for you. Whether you’re planning your child’s birthday, a friend’s baby shower or your 25th anniversary, these places are flexible enough to cater to every occasion. Best of all, there’s no clean-up involved, and because you won’t be busy serving your friends, you get to be the hostess with the mostest! Here is a list of our favourite private dining kitchens where you’ll want to hold your next affair.
It can be hard finding that perfect place to entertain your guests in Hong Kong. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary or any type of group party, you want the privacy of home, but the hospitality of a restaurant. Ta Pantry offers up a beautiful private dining experience for up to 20 guests, with attentive service and delicious food. Your guests will be just as impressed by the creative culinary styling of chef Esther Sham as they are with the intimate dining space. There are a variety of menus and cuisines on offer (Japanese, Shanghainese, New American and European to name a few!), all created with gourmet ingredients. We love that you can bring along your favourite wines with no corkage fee and that it’s just a short walk from Pacific Place Three – a true hidden gem in the heart of Wan Chai!
Mention Sassy Mama and receive a complimentary bottle of French bubbles to welcome your guests.
Think of Cuore as a special invitation to Chef Andrea Oschetti’s own Wong Chuk Hang flat, because that’s exactly what it is. Guests are welcomed into his home – a spacious, 2,500 square foot loft – where he prepares, cooks and serves a four-course, home-style Italian dinner (for a minimum of 10 people, maximum of 40). The atmosphere is cosy and beautiful, with large windows and an open feeling. The chef uses ingredients imported directly from Italy to achieve that home-cooked taste. Just choose from the options on his seasonal menu and he will take it from there. Keeping it exclusive, he only takes one reservation a night, three nights a week and only six months in a year.
Many Mamas will be familiar with the catering options from Relish Kitchen. Now the offerings have gotten even better with the opening of its private kitchen in Wong Chuk Hang. The space features unique indoor and outdoor entertaining areas and can take care of everything from the food (of course!) to the decorations, entertainment and more.
You won’t be forgetting this unique dining experience in a hurry! Step on board a custom-built 63-foot Mandarin Manor yacht moored in Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter. Chef Kea dishes up delicious Thai cuisine including a crab meat curry and Massaman Wagyu beef.
Yin Yang Coastal
Offering farm-to-table Chinese cuisine made with live seafood and organic ingredients, there is a charm to Yin Yang‘s chef’s choice of the day menus. So you don’t choose the food, just the number of courses and allow former designer and celebrity chef Margaret Xu Yuan to come up with something that’s sure to please. Since it is also a licensed restaurant, drinks and wines are available to order. Lunch is for a minimum of 2 people, dinner for a minimum of 6, and private dinner booking is available for a maximum of 30 indoors and an additional 14 outdoors. Children are welcome in this lovely beachside villa-turned-restaurant and those under eight can choose half the courses of the adult menu at half the price.
Da Ping Huo
In the Sichuan dialect, Da Ping Huo signifies sharing. And that’s just what eating at this restaurant is all about. It started as a private kitchen close to 20 years back, headed by an artist couple who often entertain their guests by putting on a Chinese opera performance after the meal. If you are a fan of their Sichuan-inspired cooking, the art on display and the singing, you could consider opting for membership at the restaurant’s private kitchen. If eating there with a large group, consider booking the entire place (seats 46) for lunch or dinner. While there is no separate kids’ menu, the kitchen will be considerate and tone down the heat for the little ones.
More Private Dining In Hong Kong:
One Thirty-One, Fine Dining, Sai Kung
Pomegranate Kitchen, Wong Chuk Hang
Dine Art, Italian, Wong Chuk Hang
G Spot Cooking, Sai Ying Pun
Gitone, Shanghainese, Sai Wan Ho
Segreto, Italian Private Kitchen, Central
Culinart, Wong Chuk Hang
Masala Bay, Indian, Clearwater Bay
The Krug Room, Mandarin Oriental, Central
Olive Leaf, vegetarian middle eastern food, Lamma Island
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2017, updated in July 2019 and June 2021.