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 all the easier for you. 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 (and Sassy tested!) private dining kitchens where you will want to hold your next affair.
Feel like treating your guests to an upscale Asian culinary experience? Ta Pantry’s chef Esther Sham (of Maison ES), will wow your friends and family with her incredible cooking skills, and the space itself is so beautiful, they will feel like they’ve been treated to a decadent dinner party. Whipping up international cuisine-driven menus, her mastery includes dishes from Japan, Shanghai, and Europe, to name just a few. Located in a cosy yet stunning space on Star Street, it’s the perfect setting for an intimate (yet lavish!) meal for up to 24 guests.
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Where: Ta Pantry, No. 1A Star Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong (entrance on Electric Street)
Price range: From $700 to $950
Contact: [email protected], 2521 8121, www.ta-pantry.com; Facebook
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 an 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.
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Where: All over the city!
Price range: Prices vary depending on the host
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Another airy, large space in Wong Chuk Hang, Pomegranate Kitchen has indoor and outdoor areas, which means if you’re looking for a cocktail party under the stars, or a more intimate dining experience, you can find both options here. Pomegranate Kitchen is the first Mediterranean private kitchen in the 852, so you know they are experts in making delicious Middle Eastern cuisine. Chefs are experienced in Mediterranean and European cuisine, but will adapt to any menu you prefer. Offering canapés and cocktails or a family dinner, you can choose between small bites, serving platters, a sit-down meal or more.
Sassy tip: now open for lunch service ($90 – $200)!
Where: 4B, 44 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Price range: $400 – $1,000
Contact: http://www.pomegranate.com.hk, 2580 0663 or 2580 0983
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Viral Fusion is a cosy private kitchen that prides itself in pairing classical Chinese flavours with contemporary Eastern cuisines. Located on the 13th floor of an inconspicuous building on Stanley Street, this is a spot you’d walk right past if you didn’t know what you were looking for. 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.
Where: Pearl Oriental House, 60 Stanley St, Central, Hong Kong
Price range: Lunch $168 per person / Dinner $438 to $588 per person
Contact: [email protected], 2677 5300, www.facebook.com/viralfusion
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.
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Where: Wong Chuck Hang, Hong Kong
Price range: $780 per person for dinner, excluding drinks. (inclusive of 10% service charge)
Contact: [email protected], 6106 0044, cuoreprivatechef.com
The Sassy Girls 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.
Where: To be determined
Price range: not yet listed
Contact: [email protected], www.facebook.com/currybaykitchen, www.currybaykitchen.net (soon to be launched)
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.
Where: House 117, Ting Kau Village, Tsuen Wan, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Price range: $500 to $1,000 per person
Contact: [email protected], 2866 0868, www.yinyang.hk/www.yinyang.hk/yin_yang
Can you tell we love us some good Asian fare over here at Sassy? 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!
Where: Mid-Levels, Hong Kong
Price range: Prices start $520 per person
Contact: [email protected], 9700 4474, www.diningathome.biz, www.facebook.com/diningathomehk
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, his 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 at his gorgeous apartment in Sai Ying Pun.
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Where: 2/F, 35 Bonham Road, Sai Ying Pun
Price range: $480 to $1,000 per person
Contact: [email protected], 9449 002, www.crafted852.com
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