4 DAYS HONG KONG (KOWLOON FOCUS)
Profile: a successful, semi-retired couple (Mr. and Mrs. D) who is well-travelled and has a finesse for the finer things in life.
Brief: this is a trip surrounding the visit of Art Basel Hong Kong (ABHK) so plans have to be worked around events for the fair. At the same time, Mr. and Mrs. D want to discover Kowloon more. Lastly, Mrs. D specifically wanted a Hong Kong private kitchen experience.
Approach/Testimonial: I wanted to give a mix of the posh and the local on the Kowloon side to give a good balance of what Kowloon is like. I was also conscious of the fact that they have a tight schedule so recommendations were near their hotel around Canton Road in Tsim Sha Tsui. The private kitchen had to be on the Hong Kong side, just because there is a dearth of good private kitchens in Kowloon (that would take only 2 people as well). They were particularly impreesed with Kenjo below and thought the buffet spread at The Parlour was pretty limited.
Kowloon recommendation 1:
Sunday brunch at The Parlour, Hullet House
We made reservations for Sunday champagne brunch (there is also a non-bubbly option) at this heritage property, which was the former Marine Police Headquarters, one of the oldest buildings in Hong Kong dating back to 1881. For the cooler months, opt for a table on the terrace overlooking the grounds of the property for an even more charming experience.
1881 Heritage, 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | +852 3988 0101 | website
Kowloon recommendation 2:
Light Sunday dinner at Kenjo in Minden Road
An institution this side of the harbour, this Japanese restaurant is renowned for its sushi and sashimi in a traditional setting. Mrs D. wanted a light dinner on Sunday after a weekend of potentially heavy food and ahead of a big private kitchen dinner the next day so we thought this would sit nicely with those requirements.
G/F, 30 Minden Ave, Tsim Sha Tsui | +852 2369 8307 | not open on Mondays
Kowloon recommendation 3: Pre-Vernissage lunch at Sweet Dynasty in Hankow Road
A lunch recommendation near their hotel before heading for the ABHK Vernissage. Has standard Hong Kong "street food" fare and the best sweet beancurd in town. Other desserts are not shabby too, thus the name of the restaurant. Walk-in should generally be fine.
Shop A, Hong Kong Pacific Centre, 28 Hankow Road, Tsim Sha Tsui |
+852 2199 7799
Private kitchen recommendation:
Fa Zu Jie
Shanghaiese-French fusion private kitchen that I frequent- reliable, innovative food with top-notch service. They were incidentally one of the few private kitchens that allowed a small group booking (less than 4) and could come up with a pescetarian menu (as Mr. D was one). The free corkage fee and absence of service charge certainly helps too.
1/F, 20A D'Aguilar St, Central; +852 3487 1715; closed on Sundays; cash only
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