Put these on your wedding planner's checklist

After the wedding rehearsal comes the rehearsal dinner—the time to relax, spend some quality time with your family and enjoy the calm before the storm. Whether you're looking for something laid-back or lavish, host your pre-game festivities in style at our pick of the best Hong Kong restaurants and private spaces. 

Beachside Bliss at The Ocean 

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If you're looking for: a wow factor. 

The Ocean features its namesake throughout with stunning walls made up of jellyfish-filled aquariums and unhindered vistas of beach and sea. The interiors are designed in deep blue and sandy tones, while the menu is primarily seafood-focused, complemented with cocktails and cupcakes. Located at The Pulse in Repulse Bay, the space is more than accommodating of any party, spanning over 10,000sqft in size.  

Shop 303-304, Lobby A, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong; +852 2889 5939; theocean.hk

Urban Rustic at Fish & Meat 

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If you're looking for: a bucolic vibe with honest, good food.

Located on Wyndham Street, Fish & Meat evokes a modern-rustic charm, starting from the interiors, where raw wood meets concrete, to the food, made with fresh, local ingredients and served family-style to share, to the cocktails, mixed in-house to your liking. Perfect for mid-sized, intimate gatherings, they have two private dining rooms as well as a bar area and a terrace for partygoers to spill out onto. 

2F,  32 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2565 6788; fishandmeat.hk

Harbourside Views at Hutong

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If you're looking for: something traditional and/or cultural.

Hutong combines Chinese glamour—think metal-studded wooden doors, red lanterns and silk curtains—with flavourful fare and a local setting inspired by the Northern Chinese region. The restaurant also offers a stunning view of Hong Kong's famous skyline, sure to impress your overseas guests. Space-wise, it's roomy enough to host a large-scale dinner or the option to use the private rooms for a more intimate affair.  

28F, One Peking, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong; +852 3428 8342; hutong.com.hk

Understated Style at Arcane 


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If you're looking for: something simple yet stunning.

Arcane complements its award-winning fine dining with muted elegance and a simple and sophisticated aesthetic. With beautiful oak floors, an open kitchen and a terrace brimming with greenery and warm, low lighting, the restaurant creates a friendly, collected space to enjoy a more cosy rehearsal dinner with your nearest and dearest.

3F, 18 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2728 0178; arcane.hk

Private and Personal at House of Madison 

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If you're looking for: an entertaining home away from home.

Situated in Wan Chai, the three-storeyed House of Madison is laid out like a home and is an exercise in thinking outside the box for all your hosting and entertaining needs. The house boasts two open kitchens,  private dining rooms on each floor, as well as built-in sound systems and projectors. House of Madison is ideal for the rehearsal dinner customised to your liking. 

1F-3F, 8 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; +852 2239 5000; themadisongroup.asia/house-of-madison

This article was originally published in the December 2016 issue of Hong Kong Tatler Weddings.
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