5 new Hong Kong private kitchens to book now

The thing about private kitchens is, well, just that. They’re private. They eschew flashy publicity campaigns and buzzwords, instead choosing to focus on the one thing we should actually be concerned about in a restaurant: the food. A direct consequence of that, though, is that keeping track of them can become that much more difficult — but hey, isn’t that all part of the fun?

Another thing about private kitchens is that they often hang around a lot longer than non-private kitchens (because that’s what good word of mouth and low overheads will do). And while private kitchens mightn’t be trending as hard or as obviously as they were five or ten years ago, say, there’s a noticeable movement towards dining experiences that are a bit less traditional.

Click through for 5 new (and new-ish) Hong Kong private kitchens to book now:

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Dine Art

As far as non-traditional dining experiences go, Dine Art is up there with the best in town. As the name suggests, dining and art come together in this large, converted Wong Chuk Hang factory space —  a rotating and excellently kept selection of pieces (when we visited, it was majestic Australian landscape works) on one side, a spacious private dining room and semi-open kitchen on the other.

Chef Cosimo Taddei, formerly executive chef at Domani’s, clearly draws inspiration from the creative setting of his restaurant, using seasonal ingredients to execute beautifully presented — and beautiful tasting — Italian dishes, with a rotating monthly menu (which can be customised if need be, too). There’s an emphasis on the “private”, too — a minimum of 10 people are needed for a dinner booking, but you get the whole place to yourself.

Dine Art, 16/F, Kwai Bo Industrial Building, 40 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, +85 2805 8555, http://dinearthk.com


La Dolce Vita

It’s a wonder no-one thought of this sooner — premium Italian wine importers Stilvino have recently opened a private kitchen in their Ap Lei Chau showroom to showcase and complement some of their best vintages. The fine, seasonal Italian fare comes as a set four-course menu, with interesting twists on the classics to go along with your sommelier pairing.

La Dolce Vita, Unit 203, 2/F, Oceanic Indistrial Centre, 2 Lee Lok Street, Ap Lei Chau, Homng Kong, +852 3528 0531www.stilvino.hk


Ta Pantry

Technically this is a private room, but given Chef Esther Sham’s background in private dining, it’s no surprise that she’s made this extension of Maison es more of its own thing. As stunning to look at as the restaurant to which it’s attached, the whimsical prettiness of Ta Pantry also includes a pretty phenomenal looking kitchen, where Sham conducts cooking demonstrations of showcasing her technical flair with Gallic gastronomy.

Ta Pantry, 1 Electric Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2521 8121, http://ta-pantry.com


La Table de Patrick

We know we said that private kitchens don’t usually come with hype, but Chef Patrick Goubier proves a very worthy exception to that rule. Known primarily as the Patrick behind the Chez Patrick stable, the newest addition to his portfolio, which opened at the start of this year, is effectively his take on private dining — a causal but intimate affair, where the man himself comes around and talks to his patrons (and how often does that happen anymore?).

Food wise, expect classic French fare — assiette of foie gras, hearty roast lamb rack with polenta chips, and medallions of venison fillet, for example, aren’t exactly re-inventing the tricolore wheel, but presenting them really well in an unpretentious setting.

La Table de Patrick, 6/F, Cheung Hing Commercial Bldg, 37-43 Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2541 1401, www.chezpatrick.hk


C.O.W. Dining

The name of the place doesn’t exactly do us it favours as far as taking it seriously goes, but that’s forgotten once you enter this quirky Kwun Tong converted factory space (well, once you actually find it, that is). Open for lunch and dinner, this French/Italian hybrid restaurant is a slice of fine dining where you’d least expect it.

C.O.W. Dining, 2/F Everest Industrial Centre, 396 Kwun Tong Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, +852 3565 6814www.facebook.com/cowdining

Greek-Cypriot by way of Melbourne, Nik is a lover of sneakers, country and western music, Jeff Probst, oversized scarves and three-quarter lattes. He occasionally tweets, badly, @nik_iforos, and lives in a state of constant FOMO on Instagram @nik.iforos.