Hong Kong is renowned for its extraordinary and diverse landscape of dining options. If you are looking for something a little bit different, off the beaten track, or something purely for your own smugness value, then look no further than Little Steps’ favorite private kitchens in the city. This is the ultimate guide to impressive dining spaces and delicious international cuisine.
Executive Chef Michael Erlik heads up M Cuisine. The private dining room is in the vibrant Wong Chuk Hang neighborhood, otherwise known as Staunton Valley, with its characterful restaurants, bars, and art galleries. His impressive background has seen him cooking up Michelin Star delights in La Belle Otero in Cannes, award-winning Cleo in Boston, or Carmet Forest Spa Resort north of Tel Aviv. He's the chef of choice for embassies, diplomats, and many names on the Forbes list of billionaires. Michael brings two decades of experience and his favorite seasonal Mediterranean dishes to M Cuisine and Hong Kong. He uses freshly sourced organic ingredients and creates fine dining soul food for private parties.
From HK$980 per person (minimum 10)
Pomegranate cooks up food packed with Mediterranean flavors fused with tastes from the Middle East and South Asia. The open-plan minimalist kitchen, contemporary home-dining room, and expansive outside terrace is the perfect location for an intimate evening with friends. Pomegranate can accommodate up to 48 guests seated or 80 standing inside and up to 100 guests seated or 140 standing outside under the stars. The menus are expansive and varied. Corkage is available on your own drinks.
From HK$650 per person (minimum 10).
French husband, David, and British-born Malaysian wife, Juliana, team up to welcome you in their private kitchen in the Sai Kung hills. That Yellow House is nestled amidst the Sai Kung Hills in an enclave surrounded by greenery. Watch the sunset over Hebe Haven while discovering the confluence of subtle Malaysian dishes and the rarest fine wines from the old and new world. Built on a love affair of ancient family Negeri Sembilan and Johorian recipes, exquisite wine pairing, and home-grown food. A must-try is their signature dish, Tok & Wan's Rendang Daging - grass-fed beef chuck braised in aromatic spices, chilies, lemongrass, turmeric leaves, and coconut milk.
That Yellow House, Sai Kung Hills, Hong Kong, +852 9106 4020, https://www.thatyellowhouse.com/
Price on application (minimum of 6 people)
Test Kitchen is like no other private dining space in Hong Kong. Founder chef Vincent Mui works with over 100 chefs from at least 30 countries. He holds his pop-up private dinners in their stunning multi-story loft conversion in Sai Ying Pun. The multi-award-winning culinary team comprises James Beard winners, Michelin star holders, chefs from Asia's 50 Best Restaurants, or highly regarded institutions like London's Savoy Grill. Excitingly, each month, Test Kitchen has a new brigade of chefs that cook for a limited time which means that the menus are always vibrant and changing, allowing the teams to showcase their impressive talent through food. No two menus are ever the same.
Price on application
Dine Art is discreetly located on the 16th floor of the Kwai Bo industrial building in the heart of Wong Chuk Hang. The area is rapidly morphing into one of Hong Kong's trendiest neighborhoods, with over 1000 disused factories being repurposed into apartments, hotels, and fashionable eateries. Dine Art is an expansive restaurant that you can hire privately for light lunches or elaborate dinners. Their chefs, Luca and Alessandro, use the finest and freshest ingredients to ensure rich and authentic Italian flavors in their trusted family recipes. Start the dinner experience with Prosecco and canapes, enjoy a delicious five-course set menu that includes homemade pasta and decadent desserts, and finish with their incomparable espresso. Dine Art can accommodate from 10 to 60 guests.
From HK$880 per person (minimum 10)
You can find Chef Studio by Eddy (former founder of G7 restaurant) in the family-friendly area of Ap Lei Chau. Their restaurant is cozy yet modern, and the service is impeccable. Their menu features delicious modern European cuisine, mainly influenced by Italy and France. For those who would like to bring their children, no problem, they are super kid-friendly and have high chairs available. Make sure to ask about their workshops as they regularly hold cooking classes at the studio.
Chef Studio by Eddy, 303, 3/F, Harbour Industrial Centre, 10 Lee Hing Street, Ap Lei Chau Hong Kong, Hong Kong, +852 6196 9046, Facebook Page
This unique dining room is on a custom-built Mandarin Manor cruising yacht called Kea. The boat is moored at the Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter, one of Hong Kong's most vibrant places in the Southern District, between the southern part of Hong Kong Island and the island Ap Lei Chau. Kea is from Chiang Mai in Thailand. She honed her fine dining skills on the chilly slopes of the Swiss Alps. Kea wakes early, visits the local markets for the freshest ingredients, and regularly imports authentic Thai goodies from the north of Thailand. She is a master sculptor, and her Thai dishes are extraordinarily presented and deliciously fragrant. If you want to go all out with something completely special, you can cruise Hong Kong's waters and stay overnight in one of the five bedrooms.
Kea's Kitchen, Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter, Hong Kong, +852 6077 5964, https://www.keaskitchen.com/
From HK$1380 per person (minimum 8)
Ktchn is the homely but secret private European kitchen founded by chef Dorian Le Bigot. The intimate setting comfortably seats up to 10 guests around a long table that faces the open kitchen and across the sea. His signature dish includes duck breast with beetroot sauce. Dorian frequently changes his menu utilizing fresh seasonal ingredients from the local markets. The food is cooked in the most natural way to retain the flavors. You'll feel at home with Dorian; he gives the guests time to interact with him as he cooks for a completely immersive experience. His goal is to bring people together over fine wine and food, and where better than a home setting.
Price on application
Chef Esther Sham heads up the Michelin star culinary team that creates French, Japanese, Shanghainese, American, Korean, Vietnamese, and Indonesian cuisine with passion and gastronomic flair. The French cottage-inspired dining room has one family-style long table and walls decorated with rustic pictures of roosters. The table can seat up to 20 people for an intimate dinner. Chef Sham also has a collection of fine wines that will enhance your dining experience. Try the Melting Onion Duck, one of Sham’s most iconic creations and a true staple of Ta Pantry, served from pink Le Creuset cast iron cookware.
From HK$800 (minimum 10 people)
Luluwan is housed in the former Fa Zu Jie and it has undergone a remarkable transformation, but the service team from the front of house and kitchen remain the same. So expect the same quality of food and excellent level of service that you were used to from Fa Zu Jie. The menu changes regularly, but expect a spectacular menu of Asian fusion dishes. If you have any specific dietary requirements, Luluwan is more than happy to accommodate. Unfortunately, they do not have a liquor license, but guests are welcome to BYOB for no corkage fee.
Luluwan, 20 D'Aguilar St, Central, Hong Kong, email@example.com, +852 90876467
From HK$650 per person
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