Private kitchens first sprung up in the city in the 1990s but are reaching a new stage of maturity, with a distinct emphasis on more refined dining experiences. That said, there are still some underground gems to be discovered – here are six of Quintessentially’s favourite private eateries in Hong Kong. Don’t forget, advanced reservations are essential!
Shop 5, G/F, 17 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan, 2530 9880
Cajun and Creole food is served up family-style at this hidden gem in Sheung Wan. A classic gumbo, jambalaya and homemade cornbread might feature on the night you’re there, with chef Lori Granito’s traditional Southern hospitality rounding off the New Orleans experience.
G/F Lei King Wan, 45 Tai Hong Street, Sai Wan Ho, 2527 3448
Serving traditional Shanghainese food, Gitone is the Superman of Hong Kong’s private kitchens. An art studio by day, it turns into one of Hong Kong’s most intimate speakeasies at night. HKD 380 a head gets you a multi-course banquet which might include drunken chicken, braised pig’s knuckle and spicy cucumber appetisers.
Tokyo Chilli House
Flat B5, 9/F, Block B, Kingston Building, 2-4 Kingston Street, Causeway Bay, 2915 0083
The name is misleading – Tokyo Chilli House is actually an authentic Thai restaurant. Very generous portions served family-style mean this is an ideal place to gather with a big group of friends. Hidden away in an apartment block in Causeway Bay, the setting is pretty basic but the classic Thai fare, including tom yum goong, is delicious.
G/F, 18 Ship St, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2866 0868
This tiny, three-table restaurant in Wan Chai is the brainchild of Margaret Xu. Using locally-grown and organic produce from Hong Kong, Yin Yang is proof that good things come in small packages and that healthy Chinese food can be as delicious and inventive as the high-class fare served in Michelin-starred restaurants.
1/F, 28 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2147 9020
Posto Pubblico’s working kitchen transforms into Hong Kong’s hottest private by-appointment-only dining room at night with chef AJ Bellarosa serving up global fusion cuisine alongside the restaurant’s organic produce from farms in the New Territories.
7th Floor, 31 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2544 3433
Quite possibly the hottest table in the city and with only 16 covers a night, TBLS’ tasting menu combines the ingredients of classic home-style American cuisine (think mac and cheese or grits) with refined cooking methods and offers a cheeky take on classic American comfort food.
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