Intimate dining has never been so easy…
Those of us who move to Hong Kong are often shocked by the small spaces we call home. It’s not exactly easy to host a dinner party in 350 square feet. Luckily for us, there are a variety of private kitchens who make entertaining guests, holding intimate gatherings and enjoying a fantastic meal easier for you. Whether you’re planning your kiddo’s birthday or your 30th 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 mostess! Here is a list of our favourite private dining kitchens where you’ll want to hold your next affair.
Looking for a family friendly spot to celebrate your next party? Ta Pantry is ideal for group gatherings – for everything from Baby Showers to birthdays (and specialising in celebrating baby’s 100 day party!). Since opening in 2008, this sleek place has offered creative, cuisine-driven menus showcasing chef Esther Sham’s unique cooking style. The signature dishes explore a whole array of international cuisines, including Japanese, Shanghainese, European and more! The newest location boasts a modern Miele show kitchen, with decor overseen by Esther herself, creating a relaxed yet upscale setting. The intimate 600 square foot location is fully set to cater for up to twenty guests. Paired with the delectable dishes, and top quality service? Sounds like your party is set.
As an exclusive Sassy Mama perk, all guests receive a complimentary soft drink or chilled juice. Simply book before the end of September, and mention Sassy Mama to redeem!
Where: 1A Star Street, Wanchai, Hong Kong (entrance on Electric Street)
Price Range: $350-$950 per person, and $168-$300 for kid’s options.
Contact: www.ta-pantry.com, [email protected], www.facebook.com/Ta-Pantry-Private-Kitchen, 25218121
Enter through a modern glass door into an elegant yet cosy oasis reminiscent of an old Italian trattoria. Boasting an exceptional setting and a relaxed atmosphere, G7 Private Dining is perfect for just about any occasion. Think group dinners, parties and or simply a romantic dinner for two. Offering a modern twist on an excellent array of authentic Italian fare, your options are unlimited here. Savour the roasted spring chicken with mushroom ragout and Dijon mustard sauce, roasted US bone-in Prime Rib or dare to try the black peppered strawberries for dessert. This private kitchen is super children-friendly, with highchairs and a kid’s menu – all the more reason to treat the whole gang to this incredible dining experience!
Where: Shop B, G/F, Glenealy Mansion, 7 Glenealy, Central, Hong Kong
Price range: Full menu 7 courses: $880 +10% service charge; Short menu (Monday and Tuesday only) 4 courses: $580 +10% service charge
Contact: [email protected], 2810 6626, www.g7privatedining.com
Viral Fusion is a cosy private kitchen that prides itself in pairing classical Chinese flavours with contemporary Eastern cuisines. The general vibe is a warm mix of nostalgia and contemporary designs. It pairs features such as old celebrity posters and cute Chinese teapots with a pop art backdrop and quirky cutlery. As a private dining experience, you can completely cater the menu to your preferences. This space seats up to 35 people, so it’s perfect if you’re looking to celebrate a birthday, holiday or event with more than just a few friends. As the food is more on the adventurous side, it’s better suited for older kids, and relaxed parent-only evenings.
Where: Pearl Oriental House, 60 Stanley St, Central, Hong Kong
Price range: Lunch from $168 per person / Dinner from $438 to $588 per person
Contact: [email protected], 2677 5300, www.facebook.com/viralfusion
On the hunt for something slightly unconventional? You’re in for a treat here at Magnolia. Tucked away in the streets of Sheung Wan, this exquisitely embellished gem prides itself in providing delicious Cajun and Creole cuisines originated from the New Orleans. An epitome of Southern charm and grace, the vibe of Magnolia is always lively – perfect if you’re looking to host a dinner party with close family and friends! Adding to the magic is their award-winning Cajun and Creole specialities such as the likes of New Orleans seafood gumbo jambalaya and Cajun Barbecue Ribs. Finish the meal off with the Louisiana honey pecan pie with Chocolate Bourbon Cream… Yum. Magnolia also offers private parties, pop up events catering, and pickup service.
Think of this space as a special invitation to the chef’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, inspired by regional traditions. 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. Because his space is so large, he can seat between 10 (the minimum), to 40 people, and only accepts one reservation a night.
We were treated to a preview (it launches in September), of Curry Bay Kitchen’s delicious, home cooked Indian food from various different Indian regions, so we had to include this private kitchen in our roundup! Curry Bay Kitchen is run by three women, Rashmi, Iena, and Deepali, and, their dishes are inspired by their childhood memories, grandma’s secret recipes and rich travel experiences around the globe. Every recipe is carefully crafted and tested by their experienced cooks. Guests will be able to experience an intimate six-course plated Indian dinner with a group, or host a lively canapé evening. Set menus are for up to 14 people, and canapé menus are for up to 40 people. Vegetarian alternatives are available.
Yin Yang first opened in Wan Chai in 2008 and was awarded restaurant of the year. Now, this private kitchen, headed by Chef Margaret Xu Yuan, has moved to a lovely beachside villa in Ting Kau Village. Known for its organic farm-to-table Chinese cuisine, the fresh fish from the nearby fishing villages are often part of the menu. But fans who loved the restaurant will be happy to learn its signature Yellow Earth Chicken is still being roasted in the chef’s own terracotta urn. There is no pre-set menu, and patrons are asked to choose the number of courses. There are lunch and dinner options, with a minimum of two people. Outdoor seating is available by request.
Can you tell we love us some good Asian fare? Which is why we had to include the Dining at Home in our roundup. Owner Puja Rajwani always features a signature dish from Sindh, Pakistan (where his family is from), in his menus. The layer of flavours in one of Sassy’s faves – the traditional “Sindhi Curry” – is intense and mouth-wateringly delicious. An explorer of recipes both old and new, Puja offers “Indian cooking straight from the heart” with a multi-course menu at $520 per head. The dishes on offer are flavourful and authentic. We recommend trying the carrot halva for dessert!
CulinArt is a triple threat that offers catering and an in-house chef’s table, as well as corporate team-building cooking classes. Specialising in dishes that are a feast for the eyes, as well as the mouth, CulinArt can offer something memorable for both your event and your Instagram feed.
Where: Culinart, 22B Kwai Bo Industrial Building, 40 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Price range: $980 per person, minimum of eight people; exclusive booking can be up to 40 people.
Contact: 2580 0919, culinart.com.hk
crafted852 is both an online pantry for special products and a private kitchen led by veteran chef Nolan Ledarney. Made for dinner parties of eight or more, the events can be anything from a hands-on experience (such as the pasta making class we at Sassy were treated to – the short rib ragu he prepared was de-lish!), or a dinner party the gorgeous Sai Ying Pun apartment.
Serving traditional Shanghainese food, Gitone is the Superman of Hong Kong’s private kitchens. Located in an elegant space on the waterfront, it is one of Hong Kong’s most intimate places to dine. Choose from a variety of menus, including a multi-course banquet, a house dinner (three-course meal, plus dessert), or a walk-in dinner.
Where: Gitone, G/F Lei King Wan, 45 Tai Hong Street, Sai Wan Ho, Hong Kong
Price range: $200 to $688 per person
Contact: [email protected], 2527 3448, www.gitone.hk
Dine Art is a 4,000-feet classy space made up of equal parts open kitchen and art gallery, ensuring a unique Italian dining experience.If that doesn’t sound intriguing, then what does? Helmed by Chef Cosimo Taddei, this place can take on anything from intimate dinners of 10 to extravagant events for 100. Dine Art is a place to indulge all the senses.
Where: Dine Art, 16th Floor, Room A, Kwai Bo Industrial Building, 40 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Price range: Contact Dine Art for further pricing information
Contact: [email protected], 2805 8555, www.dinearthk.com
Think of PlateCulture as a 21st Century social dining platform where guests can experience food from all over the world. It connects hosts and diners, and allows these amazing cooks to showcase their food in a private dining space. No matter your fancy – Korean, British, French, Thai, Mexican, Peruvian, Vietnamese, South African, Latvian, Indonesian, Chinese, Indian, Swedish, Polish, Romanian, Turkish, Spanish, Japanese and more – it has hosts from all over the globe. On top of authentic home cooked food, the hosts are happy to share their experiences and culture with you while you dine. At PlateCulture, dining is more than just the food, it’s a unique experience.
If you’re someone who dreams of sharing your passion for cooking and meet new people over social dining, click here to become a PlateCulture host.
Where: All over the city!
Price range: Prices vary depending on the host
Visit here or search PlateCulture to download the app.
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