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Our pick of the city's top secluded tables—social distancing never looked so good

There are some occasions—a birthday, celebration, or work event—that call for something a little more special than the average restaurant seating. Not to mention, the pandemic has us all leaning towards the tables behind closed doors to wine and dine on. Thankfully, there is a good selection of private dining spaces in Hong Kong, ranging from intimate venues and secluded destinations to hidden spots and rooms for extra privacy. Keep reading for some of our favourite spots.

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1. Ami

The refined Parisian bistro Ami offers three private dining options. For the art-inclined, The Gallery has two rooms (for four or six guests) which can be combined (for 14 people). Here, the walls are lined with light-hearted paintings for a more approachable atmosphere. The Salon provides another private space with six sets of custom-made furniture that can be interlocked into a single setting (for 16 guests), or alternatively, an assortment of tables (for 18 guests). As for the menu, visitors can opt for a la carte with classics such as heritage beef tartare and lobster thermidor, or they can request a menu curated by the chef.

2. Belon

At Belon, the dining experience feels fairly intimate thanks to curved corners and ambient lighting. Going one step further, the sophisticated space can be partitioned off with thick drapes for something a little more private. Chef Matthew Kirkley will then work his magic and curate a bespoke menu for the event. Thereafter, the rest of the team takes care of your every need and you can focus on the superbly executed French-inspired cuisine which includes classics such as the roasted chicken with petit pois à la française and the opulent Kyushu asparagus with caviar and citrus anglaise. Private dining (up to 14 guests) and the entire venue are available (up to 30-35 guests) to hire for any occasion.

3. Hansik Goo

Hansik Goo's neutral, and somewhat minimalist, interior fuses traditional elements with a contemporary design. The walls are gently accented with artwork and the private dining rooms display Korean artist Lee Bae's Brushstroke series. Tucked away at the back, the two rooms can be combined, giving you privacy in a modern and flexible space (for up to 20 guests). A set menu with pre-ordered dishes is required to ensure smooth service with modern Korean highlights such as the signature samgye risotto with ginseng and the crowd-pleasing Korean fried chicken with yuza jang.

4. Madame Fu

With six different rooms available for private dining at Madame Fu, it's no wonder why this restaurant is so often booked up for events. Not to mention the rooms are all well-designed with Instagrammable corners in each. The Grand Café, which is also used as the main dining room, is made to seat larger parties (for 80 people), as is the Fù Bar (for 66 people). Other rooms include The Artist, a mulberry-hued room (for 12 guests); the handsome Whisky Lounge (for 25 guests); the popular Pink Room (for 18 guests); and The Library (for eight guests), a Baroque-inspired space for intimate dining.

5. Man Ho

Serving Cantonese fare created by chef Jayson Tang that honours culinary traditions in new and refreshing presentations, Man Ho's menu is ideal for private events as well as more intimate or social occasions. Signatures include dishes such as baked abalone puff with wild mushrooms and steamed egg with lobster in saffron sauce and mullet roe. The restaurant has a total of five flexible private dining spaces (accommodating from six to 20 guests) featuring a relaxed and contemporary design. 

6. Petrus

When it comes to French fine dining, Island Shangri-La's Petrus offers one of the most opulent settings in Hong Kong and, naturally, the two private rooms also present grand interiors to dine in. Aptly named the Burgundy and Alsace Room (for 15 and 40 people respectively), both rooms come with phenomenal views of the harbour in which a tailor-made menu by executive chef Uwe Opocensky can be curated with signatures such as the grilled Spanish red prawn.

7. The Diplomat

The Diplomat's Social Club is a hidden space (for up to 40 people) at the back of the bar that requires an invitation to enter. Drawing inspiration from London's Champagne lounges and record bars in Tokyo, the lounge is decked out in pink lounge stools and high-back blue velvet banquettes. The space also has a DJ booth, which is ideal for private events, with buttons to press for Champagne and an exclusive menu that includes the famed Diplomat burger to order from.

8. The Legacy House

The Legacy House offers seven different private dining spaces (for up to 22 guests) and each one is a celebration of key milestones in the founding family patriarch Dr Cheng Yu-tung's life. One dining room honours his journey into the world of jewellery while another commemorates the time he bought his first champion racehorse. All rooms provide ample space for events with impressive interiors and artwork along with excellent views of Victoria Harbour. As for food and drink, chef Li Chi-wai and his team will craft a special Cantonese menu and a dedicated sommelier can also be arranged.

9. Wing

Modern Chinese restaurant Wing has two elegant private rooms that can be combined and one semi-private room (all spaces accomodate up to eight guests) with balconies overlooking the city and harbour. The restaurant's jewel-hued interiors and opulent furnishings make for a contemporary setting with Chinese elements dotted around the restaurant. A tailored tasting menu created by chef Vicky Cheng is available upon request for all private room bookings including Wing's clay pot rice.

10. Xin Rong Ji

The Michelin-starred restaurant from Shanghai offers a sophisticated dining experience for its guests and the private room is no different. Filled with wooden furnishings, soft beige carpet, and the odd bonsai tree, Xin Rong Ji's private dining room is spacious and comfortable, allowing the Taizhou cuisine and signature seafood dishes to shine. Guests can expect polished service and personalised menus here, but don't forget to request the Peking duck, which is carved tableside by a skilful chef, as it must be pre-ordered.

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