Top 5 Private Dining Rooms in Soho
One question we're often asked here at Asia Tatler Dining is where a good place to host a small dinner party in Soho is. For while most people can think of plenty of their favourite restaurants for dinner for two, it can be much harder to think of a restaurant with a good private dining room for a birthday or a company dinner, especially when put on the spot.
So we've put together a list of our favourite places to host a gathering, whether you're looking for an intimate venue for a wine dinner; a private room with its own karaoke system and extensive sake collection for an evening of salaryman fun; or a serious gourmet experience at a chef's table. In this ultra-practical guide, we've included all the minimum spending, corkage, cake-age and extra amenities hiding behind the doors of Asia Tatler Dining's Top 5 Soho private dining rooms.
We've been a big fan of Classified on Hollywood Road ever since it first opened with Asia's biggest cheese room and thanks to its recent revamp, the restaurant is looking more attractive than ever. We love the upstairs private dining room, ideal for hosting wine and cheese-focused dinner parties. The private dining room seats 16 comfortably and 20 at a stretch and the price varies depending on the day of the week. Guests are required to book the dining room for a minimum of four hours and the minimum spending varies from HK$6,000 to HK$10,000 depending on the day of the week.
There is a corkage fee of HK$290 per bottle and only two bottles are allowed per booking. Set menus are served family style and include dishes such as charcuterie platters; tomatoes and Puglia burrata; pasta such as linguine or mushroom risotto; and mains include roasted lamb shoulder; piri piri chicken and grilled hanger steaks. Dessert is a pear tarte tartin and a selection of Classified's cheese. Bespoke menus are available upon request and for those who really want to push the boat out, there is an in-house sommelier and affineur available to host wine and cheese tastings.
108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan. Tel: +852 2525-3454.
Aqua's underground Chinese restaurant, Yun Fu on Wyndham Street, not only serves delicious northern Chinese cuisine, but we also love the chic Buddha-infused atmosphere of the place. Yun Fu has a VIP room for 12 people and a larger private room that can seat up to 22. The minimum spending of the VIP room is HK$6,000 and HK$9,000 for the private room and a 50% deposit of the minimum charge is required when confirming your booking.
Guests are charged HK$200 if they choose to bring their own wines (if the wines are not already available on the wine list) and prices differ for magnum and spirits. There is a range of set menus available, ranging from HK$390 to HK$590 per person. The HK$390 menu includes Yun Fu's signature crispy lamb ribs and wok-fried mandarin fish fillet with chilli; the HK$490 menu includes roasted wild boar, vegetarian shark's fin and fennel and minced pork dumplings; while the HK$590 menu has a roasted duck marinated in Chinese tea leaves; soft shell crab and fresh abalone.
43-55 Wyndham Street, Central. Tel: +852 2116-8855.
The Italian restaurant W52 takes up a whole building on Wyndham Street so it's not surprising that when it comes to private rooms, you're spoiled for choice here. On the first and second floor are two private rooms with balconies (ideal for smokers) that can each accommodate up to 20 people, while the third floor has a private room with a chef's table that seats up to 10. There is a minimum spending only on the third floor at the chef's table, which is set at HK$1,500 per person.
There is also a corkage of HK$300 per bottle but if you order a bottle from W52's wine list, one bottle's corkage fee is waived. There are set menus for the private rooms, ranging from HK$550 per person to HK$730 for five courses. While the $730 menu has handmade spaghetti with sea urchin, we actually prefer the HK$630 menu which includes beef carpaccio, pumpkin soup with buffalo mozzarella, stuffed pasta with butter and sage, rack of lamb and a sugarless chocolate mousse.
52 Wyndham Street, Central. +Tel: 852 6768-5252.
208 Duecento Otto
208 on Hollywood Road is known not only for its authentic Neapolitan pizzas courtesy of chef Enzo Carbone, but also its beautiful design by Turkish design firm Autoban. 208 has two private dining rooms: for a casual brunch or lunch event, we'd recommend the upstairs private room which has windows that open out onto Hollywood Road. The airy upstairs room seats 12 people comfortably and there is no minimum spending for lunch but there is a minimum spending of HK$8,000 for dinner. For more formal or intimate events, we like the downstairs room which seats 18 comfortable or 22 at close quarters.
The downstairs room has no windows for maximum privacy, as well as an iPod dock where guests can play their own music and the minimum spending is HK$12,000 on weekends and HK$10,000 on weekdays. As 208 has quite an extensive wine list, bringing your own wine is not encouraged and there is a corkage charge of HK$200 per bottle for wines or champagnes. Set lunches range from HK$288 to HK$488 while a three-course set dinner is HK$400, four courses is HK$500 and five courses is HK$600 per person.
208 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan. Tel+ 852 2549-0208.
Sakesan is Café Deco's latest restaurant in Soho, and this robatayaki bar along the escalator is a fun and energetic place to get the weekend started. We particularly like the upstairs private room, which seats 14 people and not only has its own bathroom, but also a 47-inch TV that can be hooked up to a karaoke system. Those less keen on singing will be glad to know there is also an iPod dock and DVD player for entertainment.
There is a corkage fee of HK$250 per bottle for those who choose not to drink from their extensive sake list and if you plan on bringing your own birthday cake, there is a fee of HK$50 per guest. There are tasting menus upon request and as of right now, there is no deposit required when making a booking and the minimum spending depends on both the time and nature of the event being held.
18 Shelley Street, Soho. Tel: +852 2525-1660.