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Restaurants: 10 great private kitchens in Hong Kong

By: Online Editor, Michelle Wonderland

Fact: your friends often refer to you as a know-it-all when it comes to trendy restaurants. You’ve been called the Master of Munchies so many times for your mental little black book of top dining spots that you’ve lost count. Although you’re a foodie fanatic, it’s tough to stay on top of each private kitchen that is a cut above the rest. Friends don’t let their friends get hangry: keep those pats on your shoulder coming with our roundup of 10 great private kitchens in Hong Kong. Read on for part one in our best-of speakeasy dining guide.

Scroll through our gallery above for a glimpse into the below private kitchens

one-thirtyone
Love is in the air at one-thirty one. Although a requisite jaunt away to Tolo Harbour is on the menu, think of dining in this three-storey house as your romantic getaway.  Using organic produce from their neighboring farm and herbs grown on the spot, one-thirtyone aims to please guests of its four-tables maximum dining space.
one-thirtyone, 131 Tseng Tau Village Road, Off Sai Sha Rd, Sai Kung, 2791 2684, onethirtyoneinhk@gmail.com.  Lunch $600 (4 course), Dinner $1200 (6 course)

Masala Bay
Both a catering company and private kitchen, the homemade Indian and Sri Lankan (with a little bit of Afghani) cuisine will set your heart afire in a good way.  Masala Bay has grown from word of mouth, and once you step inside this private kitchen, you’ll definitely get that home-cooked meal feel with just a short trip to Clear Water Bay.
Masala Bay, Clear Water Bay, 9306 3967, vandana@aceltd.com.hk.

Dining at Home
Looking for an authentic, home-style North Indian meal? Let Puja treat you like family. Dining at Home can accommodate a maximum of six diners (book NOW – the rumour is they are expanding). More than just curry, Dining at Home can whip your troop an amazing evening. You can even book for private cooking classes.
Dining at Home, Sheung Wan, 9700 4474, puja@diningathome.biz.

Comilonas
More than just tapas, the Spanish cuisine at Comilonas will blow you away. We love the monthly menus to satiate our latin appetites, but especially adore the waived corkage fee if you BYO Spanish wine.
Comilonas, 1/F, Flat 22, Yip Cheong Building, 4-16 Hill Road, Sai Ying Pun, 9863 2270, $400 per person, 10 people minimum, 10 maximum. Corkage: $50 per bottle (free for Spanish wines)

Pomegranate Kitchen
Take a trip to the Mediterranean with a trip to Pomegranate Kitchen, where six courses of gastro goodness will fill your bellies to full delight. Not interested in a full dinner? Canape cocktail parties are also available. Smaller groups can take advantage of Thursdays @ Pomegranate in a communal setting.
Pomegranate Kitchen, 4B, 44 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, 2580 0663, info@pomegranate.com.hk, Mediterranean cuisine, $800 per person. Corkage $100.

Sabor Spanish Private Kitchen Cuisine
This Spanish kitchen features modern cuisine in a fiesta-type atmosphere, and the well-known rumour is that Sabor has the best sangria this side of Barcelona
Sabor Spanish Private Kitchen Cuisine, Rm 601, 6/F, Cheung’s Building, 1-3 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, 2481 8828, sabor@live.hk, Corkage fee waived for parties of 5 people and above.

Magnolia Private Kitchen
Got gumbo? We’re sure the computer says ‘no’.  Magnolia Private Kitchen is the only New Orleans style Cajun and Creole food that makes our list, giving you the chance to celebrate Fat Tuesday all year long. Laissez le bon temps rouler!
Magnolia Private Kitchen, Shop 5, G/F, 17 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan, 2530 9881, info@go-gourmet.com. New Orleans style Cajun and Creole food, $485 per person. BYO. Open Thursday through Saturday only.

Liberty Private Works
From chef Vicky Cheng, Soho’s private kitchen stalwart is the place to bring your friends for a unique dining experience. Stationed in seats surrounding open kitchen, diners are in full view of the chef’s creative process.  Unlike many private kitchens, LPW has a wine pairing menu available too.
Liberty Private Works, 26/F, 11 Stanley Street, Central, 5186 3282, info@lpw.hk. 8 course menu for $900 per person, Open Monday-Saturday.

Fa Zu Jie
What can we say, this may just be one of the best private kitchens in Hong Kong.  When other private kitchens are extorting charging $1000+ per head, Fa Zu Jie’s consistently fabulous menu is well under $600.  A Shanghainese/French fusion favorite, be sure to book at least a month in advance.
Fa Zu Jie, 1/F, 20A D’Aguilar Street, Central, 3487 1715. BYO, $578 per person (six courses), No corkage, Shanghainese with French and Italian cuisine influences.

Chef Studio by Eddy
Tucked away in an industrial building in Aberdeen, get set to be stunned by Chef Eddy Leung’s fusion playground. A beautiful way to spend a meal, Chef Studio by Eddy uses fresh herbs and vegetables grown from his own organic garden to not only flavour, but decorate your meal. You’ll walk away knowing that this is a private meal to remember.
Chef Studio by Eddy, 5B Kwai Bo Industrial Building, Wong Chuk Hang, 3104 4664, chefstudiohk@gmail.com. $780 per person (no service charge). No corkage fee.

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