When seeking world-class cuisine and perfect pairings, Hong Kong’s elite head for the city’s best private dining rooms. Here’s a look at the top six:
Recognised as one of the world’s best restaurants, Amber, at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental, has a private wine room where discerning diners can gaze upon world class vintages that fill the glass walls of this 12-seater private space. Tables are set with bespoke Bernardaud china and Christofle stemware, and the Adam Tihany-designed room is even fitted with Mahogany louvres which allow guests to look at the main dining room without being seen. A special degustation paring menu is available at lunch or dinner, or dishes can be tailor-made to meet dietary needs.
2. Caprice at Four Seasons
A private dining room in this two-star Michelin restaurant seats between five and 12 people. Dinner costs a minimum of HK$18,000 for five persons or above. There is an extensive selection of wines available from the Burgundy and Bordeaux regions and a wide selection of French cheeses. The team of 25 chefs, led by new executive chef Guillaume Galliot, creates innovative dishes, which is why it is one of the city’s hottest fine dining restaurants.
3. The Krug Room at the Mandarin Oriental
Hong Kong’s plush private dining boasts 10-14 courses of progressive gastronomy which change seasonally. Recent menus included dishes such as toast with Brioche, cheese and truffle, trout with peas, lemon, sorrel and flower, pigeon with miso, apple and hazelnuts – just a few of the inspired dishes by the hotel’s executive chef – alongside the largest collection of Krug Champagne outside France. Seating up to 12 guests, the room emulates a luxury train carriage with windows overlooking the busy kitchen where chefs are prepping plates of egg and caviar and venison tartare. Smart and elegant attire is required.
4. Pierre’s private room, Pierre at Mandarin Oriental
At Pierre’s private room, diners can enjoy dishes designed by world-renowned chef Pierre Gagnaire while admiring the spectacular view of Victoria Harbour. Parties of up to 30 guests can come for lunch or dinner. There is a minimum charge for six guests or fewer of HK$16,000 for dinner or HK$50,000 for 17 to 30 guests. Or, the entire restaurant can be booked for a minimum spend of HK$300,000 for lunch or dinner.
5. Tang Court
One of only four three Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurants in the world, Tang Court has five private dining rooms which have been named after famous Tang Dynasty poets – Tai Bai, Le Tian, Zi Shou, Bai Yu and Zi Mei. A dramatic spiral staircase leads up to the private rooms, where interiors depict subtle elegance. Serving authentic Cantonese cuisine, the culinary team is pleased to create a personalised tasting menu for guests.
6. Restaurant Petrus at Island Shangri-La
With breathtaking harbour views from the 56th floor of the Island Shangri-La, Restaurant Petrus is not only known for it’s French fine dining but also for its extensive wine collection – more than 2,000 of some of the best vintages from well known chateaux. The selection includes one of the largest Bordeaux collections. There are two private dining rooms, the Alsace Room, accommodating up to 30 guests and the Burgundy Room, accommodating up to 15 guests. Diners in the private dining rooms can customise their menu according to their preferences with the chef and sommelier.