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10 restaurants where you can host private gatherings

By Vicky Tang 30 November 2021

Header image courtesy of Above & Beyond (via Facebook)

As a city populated by foodies and food-obsessed chefs alike, Hong Kong’s culinary scene is full of international menus that cater to diverse palates. As the festive season approaches—and under the current government measures on group gatherings—more and more restaurants are starting to host private dining experiences to spoil hungry foodies with diverse expectations. Perfect for dinner parties, festive family gatherings, workplace outings, and everything in between, here are the 10 best restaurants where you can host private gatherings in Hong Kong.

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The Legacy House

Fancy pampering yourself (and your guests) at a high-end Chinese restaurant? Experience Cantonese food the way it would be prepared in the famous city of Shunde—widely regarded as the cradle of Cantonese cuisine—at The Legacy House, whose name is a homage to family heritage and the Dr Cheng Yu-tung, the founder of New World Development. Situated on the fifth floor of the Rosewood Hong Kong hotel along the Kowloon waterfront, the restaurant unfolds a superb view of the astonishing Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island.

Luxurious décor welcomes diners, who can choose from a total of seven private rooms for small parties or gatherings for up to 22 people, as well as the main dining hall with its outdoor terrace. Don’t miss their exquisite dim sum—the beautiful steamed fish dumpling with fungus and tangerine peel, which can be ordered à la carte ($90) or as part of the dim sum set menu ($480 per person) comes elegantly crafted into the shape of a fish. Many, if not all of the ingredients are sourced from local farmers and artisans—to enjoy the pure flavours of local ingredients, order the simple but delightful soy sauce-marinated chicken (starting from $250). If you find yourself facing indecision due to the various choices available, go with one of the appealing set menus, which start from $680 per person for lunch and from $1,580 per person for dinner.

The Legacy House, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3891 8732

Roganic

Specialising in farm-to-table British gastronomy, this one Michelin-starred restaurant from British celebrity chef Simon Rogan has the unique honour of being the only restaurant in Hong Kong with a Michelin green star, which recognises restaurants with commendable and industry-leading sustainability practices. Right in the heart of Causeway Bay, Roganic offers original and authentic dining experiences that combine culinary excellence with local sustainable producers and suppliers as part of its commitments to be ethical and eco-friendly.

The main ambience and décor pull you back to nature and forests with wood elements throughout, culminating in the show-stopping root-covered ceiling. No à la carte menu is available—diners can only choose the length of the menu they wish to try—with an eight-course short tasting menu ($780 per person) and 11-course long tasting menu ($1,080 per person), which are both available for lunch and dinner, and a three-course set business lunch menu ($320 per person) available during weekdays. Meals can be enjoyed either at the bar with a view of the open kitchen, or in the private dining rooms (seating tables of four) for a more intimate experience.

Roganic, UG08, UG/F, Sino Plaza, 255 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay | (+852) 2817 8383

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Ichu

Nestled in the heart of Central, this striking Peruvian restaurant was designed by award-winning designer Joyce Wang, who created a warm and welcoming environment that takes guests on a voyage through Peru’s varying altitudes and landscapes. The open terrace (or “Terraza”) is inspired by the mountainous and earthy terrains of Peru landscape, allowing diners to escape from the busy urban life for some relaxed and convivial moments. It is about food sharing, with Latin American ingredients and full of inspirational ideas of founding chef Virgilio Martínez’s culinary style and Peruvian heritage.

Wake up your palate with a ceviche Nikkei, featuring tuna in ponzu tiger’s milk ($270), or the plant-based Vegano ($120) ceviche with roasted eggplant, Jerusalem artichoke, zucchini, potato, and red bell pepper tiger’s milk. Be amazed by the presentation of food, as with the coliflor asada ($130), a beautifully charred cauliflower served on a bed of striking green Andean puree, celeriac cream, and pomegranate. Try the Peruvian skewers, coleccion de anticuchos ($380), a mix of three signature skewers: salmon, beef, and chicken. Set menus include the two-course lunch ($248), or simply leave your experience in the chef’s hands with the omakase-style Inca menu ($588 per person, participation of the whole table required). Private dining rooms are available for groups to enjoy a more relaxing gathering.

Ichu, 3/F, H Queens, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central | (+852) 2477 7717

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Bâtard

Despite opening during turbulent times in 2020, this French restaurant has become one of the most sought-after reservations in town. Situated within The Fine Wine Experience in Sai Ying Pun, an impressive wine cellar greets you on the way in. The wine, which is sold at retail price, is designed to be paired with delicious French dishes. If you have the patience to make your way through their complex yet indispensable human booking system, this is definitely a treat for wine enthusiasts!

For an augmented experience, don’t forget to ask for a table near the impressive wine cellar so you can enjoy the sophisticated French cuisine and carefully selected wines against the backdrop of the wine library. Their beef tartare cannelloni (HKD 190) features seasoned hand-chopped beef encased in a delicate and crunchy feuilletine, while the savoury cold angel hair with caviar ($390) offers great depth of flavour. Don’t forget to pre-order Bâtard’s highly praised signature roast chicken with warm pilaf rice ($880, serves 2–4 people) if you are dining in a smaller group. For special private events, the restaurant will happily cater to groups of various sizes with curated wine pairing menus.

Bâtard, The Fine Wine Experience, Shop E, 165–166 Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun | (+852) 2318 1802

The Krug Room

For champagne lovers, The Krug Room is a must-try place. Hidden inside the Mandarin Oriental hotel, right in the heart of Central, the Krug Room is concealed deep inside the hotel. It’s accessed through a series of retro corridors—as if going back in time—before finally culminating in an elegant luxury train carriage-style dining room. The long communal table seats 12 people, with a large window into the kitchen allowing diners to enjoy the dynamism of the chefs in action.

The 10- to 14-course menu changes with the season—which is reflected in the changing prices—and fabulously paired with different Krug Grand Cuvées carefully selected from the largest Krug collection in Asia. Each dish is an edible piece of art, ranging from starter to the main and finally to dessert, pleasing not only your palate but also your eyes, and best enjoyed while sipping a delicious glass of Krug champagne which has been carefully paired with each dish. Though The Krug Room is built to be enjoyed by small groups, individual bookings are also available.

The Krug Room, 1/F, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central | (+852) 2825 4014

Castellana

By bringing authentic Piedmont cuisine to Hong Kong, Castellana, unlike the typical Neapolitan, Roman, and Sicilian Italian cuisine that we know, opens doors to an array of the northern region’s specialities. Partly owned by celebrity Michelin-star chef Marco Sacco, the comfortable and high-ceilinged restaurant offers an elegant backdrop against which to enjoy a fine dining Piedmont experience with its distinctive cheese, white truffle, meat, vegetables, and of course, its finest wines from Barolo, Barbaresco, Gattinara, Ghemme, Barbera, Dolcetto and so on.

Sample the special seasonal white truffle degustation menu ($2,980 per person) with four courses featuring the prized tuber, including the homemade Piedmont truffle tajarin pasta, which comes in the same “au koque” sauce as the restaurant’s signature carbonara. The seasonal Journey Around the World menu is another sensational trip to the region (with some international stops along the way) in six-course or eight-course formats (starting from ($1,280 per person), with dishes like the truffle brioche sandwich and risotto with black garlic and monkfish. The private room, which caters to 10–12 people, provides an intimate space in which to bring your loved ones on this unique journey to Piedmont.

Castellana, 10/F, Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay | (+852) 3188 5028

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Masa Hong Kong

Located in the CCB Tower right in the heart of Central, Masa Hong Kong is a refined, out-of-the-box sushi restaurant offering stunning views of the neoclassical Court of Final Appeal and modern HSBC headquarters from its fifth-floor location. Featuring minimalist décor, the long hinoki wood sushi bar provides 21 seats from which guests can be served omakase sushi in a modern twist from chef Masataka Fujisawa while sipping sake paired carefully from its sake cellar. For a more exclusive experience, small groups can book the private dining room with its traditional Japanese décor.

The highest quality seasonal seafood is flown in from Tokyo’s Toyosu Market and complemented by wasabi from Shizuoka Prefecture, with each morsel given a special touch from Chef Masataka to reach perfection. Signatures include the aged, kombu-marinated sea urchin nigiri and the five-layer fatty tuna nigiri. Omakase lunch starts from $1,980 per person and omasake dinner starts from $2,980 per person.

Masa Hong Kong, 5/F, CCB Tower, 3 Connaught Road Central, Central | (+852) 9018 2585

Above & Beyond

Indulge yourself at Above & Beyond, a stylish Michelin-recommended Cantonese restaurant offering panoramic views of the Victoria Harbour that are stunning during the day and night. Perched on the top floor of Hotel Icon in Tsim Sha Tsui East, the restaurant décor is contemporary yet simple and elegant. With winter in swing, Chef’s Wong Winter Specials menu invites you to try seasonal dishes such as stewed lamb brisket with mushroom and winter bamboo shoot ($588), fried glutinous rice with preserved Chinese sausage ($238) and seasonal clay pot rice specials.

From the à la carte menu, the stir-fried king prawn with preserved plum sauce ($338), stir-fried Australia M9 wagyu beef cubes with brown garlic ($648), and wok-fried lobster with egg white and black truffle ($368) are other signature dishes not to miss. Set menus are also available at lunch, with the dim sum set lunch ($318 per person) during the day and the Peking duck set dinner ($788 per person) at night for a more interactive, lavish affair. The restaurant has private dining rooms that can host 12 to 36 people, with panoramic views of the Victoria Harbour. For oenophiles (in groups of up to eight), the wine room opens to a stunning harbour view as well.

Above & Beyond, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East | (+852) 3400 1318

The Aviary at Popinjays. Photo: The Murray

Popinjays

Accessed via a private elevator from the 25th floor, Popinjays is The Murray’s exclusive rooftop restaurant and bar. An outdoor terrace wraps around the venue, offering the perfect place for a leisurely alfresco meal, with views of the spectacular Victoria Harbour that impress at any time of day. Named after an archaic term for parrots, this contemporary Western restaurant and bar is inspired by the sociable nature of the resident cockatoos in the nearby Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens.

Indulge yourself on weekends with the seafood brunch ($788 per person), with options like marinated Japanese hamachi and pan-seared Atlantic sea bream. Alternatively, pamper yourself with an afternoon tea ($368 per person); served in an aviary cage, it is a visually pleasing and delightful way to enjoy an assortment of savoury and sweet treats. For an ultra-exclusive experience, enquire about booking out The Aviary, Popinjays’ private dining room that hosts up to 16–20 people; minimum food and beverage consumption charges apply.

Popinjays, 26/F, The Murray, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central | (+852) 3141 8888

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Duddell’s

This one Michelin-starred restaurant is a place that will please both art enthusiasts and Cantonese cuisine-loving foodies. With a stylish and contemporary interior, Duddell’s is a feast for the eyes, which you can appreciate while savouring Hong Kong-style dim sum with some modern twists and exquisite wine pairings. Duddell’s shrimp dumpling ($88), shrimp spring roll with bacon and cheese ($68), and the steamed barbecued pork bun ($68) are must-have dishes from the lunchtime dim sum menu. Vegetarian options are also available, with the fried Omnipork dumpling ($68) and steamed fungus bun ($68) being just some of the options. From the à la carte menu, the crispy stuffed crab shell with fresh crab meat cooked in Hokkaido milk ($248 per person) is a must-try.

The tasting menu ($1,288 per person) invites you on a culinary journey with four drinks pairings options: Asian wine pairing, adventurous wine pairing, signature wine pairing, and non-alcoholic pairing. Besides the main restaurant, a trio of private rooms are available for groups ranging from 10 to 25 diners; more seated dining spaces can also be found in the upstairs salon, while the garden terrace provides alfresco vibes with a lush garden terrace in the heart of Central. To book out any (or all) of the spaces for a private event—ranging from 10 guests to 450 if you so wish—reach out to the Duddell’s events team.

Duddell’s, 3/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central | (+852) 2525 9191

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Vicky Tang

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Born in Hong Kong, Vicky Tang spent her childhood in Africa. She came back to her hometown as an adult to immerse herself in the food industry. When she is not travelling for her job, Vicky is an avid fan of Korean culture. She is also an aspiring freelance writer, honing her craft around her favourite topics: food, coffee, and travel. As an amateur photographer, she documents all of her memorable experiences on Instagram.

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