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Originally published by Sophie Pettit. Last updated by Gabrielle Caselis and Kopal Manglik.
You’ve chosen your junk boat company, got all your buddies on board (pun intended), and now there’s the small task of stocking up your boat with enough food and beverages to feed a small army. While there’s no denying that all-inclusive junks have their appeal—especially if organisation and coordination are not your strong points—these often come with a hefty price tag. But that should not stop you from having an epic party at sea, so we’ve sussed out the best junk boat catering companies in Hong Kong to satisfy all appetites and budgets. Take your pick!
Sure, junk parties are all about small bites and easily digestible food to maximise in-water time, so what’s more fitting than healthy plates catered by Treehouse? Dig into some healthier and greener options with signature flatbreads, sweet potato fries with garlic sauce, sourdough flatbread chips with garlic roasted hummus, and fresh juices to keep yourself hydrated. Visit Deliveroo for the full menu and to place your order in advance, and Deliveroo will have your meal dropped off on the morning of your junk party. Isn’t that convenient?
Flying the flag for sandwiches is popular eatery Knead, which has a selection of pastries ($18) and breakfast sandwiches ($35) with fillings like cheese, bacon, tomato, chicken, salmon, and peanut butter & jelly, as well as hearty sandwiches ($70) and salad trays ($220 for 10 people) to share among guests. You can also opt for one of many food packages, which start from $800 and include a selection of sandwiches, pasta salads, fruit platters, and brownies. Delicious! Visit their website for the full menu and call them to place your order.
With multiple branches across Hong Kong specialising in casual modern Mexican bites, Cali-Mex also offers custom catering packages that are guaranteed to add a kick to your epic party at sea. You can choose the package that suits your budget, starting from $98 per person, including various combos of burritos, quesadillas, salads, and chips with guacamole, and salsa. Visit Deliveroo for the full menu and to place your advance order.
You’re pretty much spoilt for choice when you let Shamrock Catering come aboard. These junk boat pros offer four different junk party menus, which cater to a minimum of 20 people, and range from $220 to $320 per person. Expect a huge selection of sandwich platters, salads, appetisers, mains, desserts, and a separate drinks menu to wash it all down with. You could be nibbling on everything from crab cakes and tandoori chicken wings to a grilled vegetable lasagna or teriyaki beef with mushroom & rice while you sip on a cold beer, cider, or glass of Prosecco. The selection seems endless, so if you’re looking for the ultimate feast at sea, this is a winner! Click here to see the full food menu and click here for the full beverages menu.
If you’re looking for a classy and eco-friendly addition to your junk party, then Invisible Kitchen is your ticket. These top-notch gourmet caterers offer three junk boat buffet packages for 15 people, which range from $200 to $350 per guest and feature a selection of gourmet sandwiches, salads, pasta dishes, and desserts. Whichever menu you opt for, whether it’s the Essentials, the Classic, or the especially decadent Deluxe, they all include winning hot dishes such as traditional Italian lasagna, chicken tikka pasta, and more.
In terms of drinks, Invisible Kitchen will happily put together a bespoke beverage package if you let them know your guest numbers and needs. What’s more, sustainability is at the top of their agenda, which means that all of their menus are ocean-friendly as per the WWF and they only use environmentally-friendly Vegware packaging and catering disposables—added bonus! Click here to see the full junk catering options.
Ooh la la! Add a bit of French flair to your day at sea and try out one of the three junk packages available from little French resto, Monsieur Chatté. Homemade salads, cold cuts, quiche, bread, French cheese platters, and bite-sized desserts are up for grabs, with bottles of French wine available for very reasonable prices, too.
Monsieur Chatté’s menu du chef ($350 per person) caters for a minimum of 10 people, while groups of 20 and more can opt for two other menus, which cost $150 or $200 per person. All menus include free delivery to the pier, along with utensils and plates. Click here to view the full catering menu and order online. Bon appetit!
Paisano’s Pizzeria may not offer junk boat catering packages as such, but with three different sizes of pizza available, and heaps of pasta and salad trays that cater for eight to 10 people, this epic pizzeria is an excellent crowd-pleaser for a day at sea. Depending on the length of your guest list, you can choose either 14-inch, 16-inch, or 24-inch pizzas with a range of mouth-watering toppings, costing between $115 and $340 each. Paisano’s also has a range of bottled beers and wines that they will deliver to the ferry pier for a piddly $20 charge. A Manhattan Special, anyone? Click here to see the full menu and place your order.
For all the meat lovers out there, La Rotisserie is your ultimate good-to-go catering option. Enjoy sharing trays of their classic items, such as roasted chicken ($348) and free-range chicken ($548), or opt for their larger party sets, which come with a selection of beverages as well for a hassle-free experience. Orders come hot or cold with gravy or homemade mayonnaise, and you have the option to add on a slew of side dishes as well, like roasted potatoes ($198), basil & tomato pasta ($238), quiche Lorraine ($268), and spinach & goat cheese lasagna ($388). Click here to see the full menu and place your order.
Anytime is bagel time—even on junks! R&R Bagels is serving up their signature bagel and bagel sandwich bundles—specially created for large groups and parties. Even better, you can customise your type of bagel and enjoy a selection of bagel sandwiches including maple bacon & egg, smoked salmon, and smashed avocado & egg. R&R Bagels can cater to up to 30 people, with 10 as the minimum for their catering bundles, which come with bagels, bagel sandwiches, and cream cheese tubs. Click here to see the full menu and place your order.
Big Birdy is taking to its sea legs this summer as it finally brings the bold flavours of its popular peri-peri chicken to the junk parties of Hong Kong. Their Hot Chick Summer junk packages, which serve 10 people, start at just $80 per person! Big Birdy packs a punch of flavour for both chicken dishes and leafy greens with the Birdy Boxes ($80 per person) and sandwich-focused Beachy Birdy ($90 per person) packages.
For the ultimate sharing experience, they offer large trays with whole roasted chickens, perfectly paired with sides (charred mixed vegetables, hot chips, corn on the cob, and more) with the Boaty Birdy ($160 per person) and Yachty Birdy ($255 per person). Email them at [email protected] to order online.
Your favourite neighbourhood café is now offering a special junk menu! Choose from two set menus—the Voyage ($198 per person) or the Cruiser ($248 per person)—each bearing Classified favourites such as spicy penne arrabbiata, crispy baby potatoes, roasted sweet corn, and more. Grilled piri-piri chicken or lasagna is offered as the main dish for one menu, whereas the latter has grilled rib-eye steaks or roasted salmon, and an additional Greek salad to share. If your party is larger than 20, Classified will throw in a complimentary dessert. Just be sure to place your order by 12 pm on Thursdays prior to the weekend junk and you are all set. Click here to see the full menu.
Level up your junk experience and add a tasteful French accent to your trip out to sea with Le Quinze Vins (LQV). Importing the best possible products directly from France, including wine, artisanal cheeses, cured meats, and baked goods, this award-winning group has got you covered when it comes to catering. Whether you are in the mood for salads, quiches, cheese and cold cut platters, homemade bread, or hot dishes of meat and seafood, LQV offers an extensive catering menu that is sure to please all passengers on board. Browse through their selections and build your perfect junk catering package with the guidance of their expert team! Click here to order.