A local HK home cook, chasing after my food dream. I love food, so I spend most of my time learning about food! I like to eat, cook and learn about different food cultures when traveling. Apart from cooking, I love dogs and enjoy volunteering with my dogs.
I had been to a few Private Kitchens (PK) in the past. But those I went were actually a small restaurant need advance bookings and they did not have the actual PK feels I would say.
I went to Kennel Kitchen yesterday with a friend of mine and we had a good time. The food is wonderful and I am sure you will find some surprise. The four family memebers are so lovely and friendly (2 dogs and 2 cats actually). Although Kennel Kitchen is located in a small apartment and it is very cosy. The chef and his wife are very friendly and we talked a lot. I would suggest you visit this PK and you will know what I mean.
We had a very special and incredible dinner, which was a little celebration for my birthday with my close girl friends, at the Kennel Kitchen by Chris. We truly enjoyed every bits of the evening from the refreshing aperitif Gin Tonic (which immediately lifted our spirit despite the heavy downpour outside) till the end. The beef Wellington which was cooked to perfection was my favorite, although the super tasty lobster pasta (al dente!) was no less enticing, not to mention the baked scallop with champagne sauce that you could not imagine how the sauce paired so well with the scallop without actually tasting the dish. I will surely recommend Chris' Kennel Kitchen to every food lovers. Big thumbs up! Haha, well, forgot to mention that the lovely puppies and cats were our superstars!
Kennel Kitchen is one of the best dining experiences that we've had.
Chef Chris is a warm and bubbly personality that we cannot help but feel all nice and fuzzy inside. We hit it off immediately with his two adorable assistants who greeted us at the door - definitely a great start. Just as we are getting acquainted with Mr Taufu the Shiba and Ms Theng Theng the Dachshund, Chef Chris surprises us with a 'welcome bottle' in light of our birthday celebration.
We eagerly got seated despite the charming furry distractions as the smells wafting through the apartment is whetting our appetite. We start with the Duck Breast Endive salad that is beautifully plated on a rustic board. Chef Chris tames the slight bitter edge of the endives with a delightfully sweet and zesty reduction that results in a perfect balance on the palate. Despite the generous portion, we still fight over the last sliver of duck breast and endive - proof of Chef Chris's prowess in the kitchen.
We follow the salad with a satisfying bowl of creamy White Onion Soup and hear our bellies moan in delight - aaaah! Pure comfort food. We are impressed with Chef Chris's flawless execution - just the right amount of cream to give the soup a rich texture but light enough that it doesn't fill you up before the main course which is the highly anticipated Beef Wellington. Chef Chris's version of this Gordon Ramsay signature dish does not disappoint. The crust is buttery and flaky, the steak is evenly cooked and very pink inside and the juice ooze when you cut it open. We wish we hadn't gorged so much on the salad and soup! To round up the night, we sample some handmade chocolate truffles with ice cream and frozen grapes over more wine while booking our next trip back to Kennel Kitchen.
Thanks Chris for a wonderful evening!
We were warmly welcomed at Kennel Kitchen by Chris the chef and his wife Audrey and their furry babies Dingding, Tofu, Coffee and Ice cream. The food was absolutely on point. We had the grilled duck breast on endive salad, pumpkin soup, beef wellington and raspberry rose ice cream with crispy homemade meringue, which are all perfect for holidays. The salad is my most favorite, it was so delightful. Totally recommend this place for anyone who wants new dining experience in Hongkong!
Amazing dinner at the Kennel Kitchen!!! Ivan and I couldn't be happier. Wonderful Chef and his beautiful wife, excellent food, cozy home and adorable kiddos. Other than the mouth watering dishes, the good convos is what makes it a true social dinning experience.
Chris is very professional and cooks with passion. All his dishes are tested repetitively and as food lovers we enjoyed his sharing of cooking tips and tricks.
Hats off to Mr. & Mrs. Chris! Your cute little family drew us in, and your delicious food and convos kept us there. We will be back!
Had such a lovely evening at Kennel Kitchen. The food was amazing, the beef Wellington was cooked perfectly and even came with a nice welcome drink. And of course the little helpers were so much fun to play with and just adorable. Great food great company! Highly recommended
This is my first PlateCulture experience. Chef Chris is very hospitable and passionate about cooking. His furry babies are super friendly too! We had a great night with great food & wines! Highly recommended to everyone if you're looking for something new! Reasonably priced with quality food & unique experience. We will be back to try his signature beef Wellington!
We had a fantastic experience at Kennel Kitchen! Chef Chris was very professional, friendly and chatty. He was so thoughtful that he described his menu and also shared his cooking experience with us. The food was amazing for sure! We had a great time and will definitely come back:) We already missed his 4 little PA - Dingding, Tofu, Ice Cream & Black Coffee lol~
We had a great night at Kennel Kitchen. Chris and his wife and their furry babies were all super welcoming and friendly. The food was impeccable. We began our evening with Endive salad with grilled Duck Breast. Salad was refreshing and duck breast was succulent. Then we had the silky smooth White Onion Soup with a crispy chessy toast. After that came our main which was the beef wellington. Beef was perfectly pink and juicy. It went really well with the earthy duxelle. The different yummy trimmings on the side also kept us busy. I was very curious about what the surprise dessert was. Being a super sweet tooth, I thought there wouldn't be much that could surprise me but Chris managed to do just that with the DIY truffle and frozen grape, which bore uncanny similarity to a sorbet. Washed it all down with the Port and there you have an amazing dinner. However, with all the good conversations and laughter sprinkled in between, it was definitely way more than just a meal.
Hands down my favorite private dining experience ever!! :) :) I'm serious...Chris's cooking was so amazingly on point that I inhaled everything. Literally EVERYTHING. From the honey sauce infused scallops with salmon roe and mashed potato, to the white onion soup with homemade crispy garlic toast, then to the signature beef wellington with creamed corn and roasted vegetables, and to the surprise chocolate dessert! Chris was both delighted and surprised that I cleared all the plates and so was I...cause I am usually quite a fussy eater haha. It was THAT good.
Not only is Chris very passionate and creative with his dishes, but he is also very thoughtful and asked if we have any special requests or dietary needs prior to our visit.
He also shared with us some of his recipes enthusiastically and very willingly! That's definitely something you can never find in restaurants. Along with Chris's adorable pets too, of course! Like owner, like pet, they were super amicable and certainly gave us an amazing time at their home.
Will definitely visit again! :)
Not being a foodie, I stumbled onto ‘Plate Culture’ while mindlessly scrolling through facebook on my way to work one day and thereby, into this brave new world (for me) of ‘social dining’. Put it down to fate, but I chose Kennel Kitchen out of convenience given its very accessible location, which was just ideal for my party of four to meet on a Friday evening after work.
Not long after completing the formalities with booking and payment, Chef Chris was already in touch with for our menu preferences and suggestions which was much appreciated. Chris had planned for us a four course affair, scallops, an onion soup, beef wellington and a surprise dessert.
Kennel Kitchen, as advertised, is the home of Chef Chris, his lovely wife and pets. A very cosy apartment in bustling Causeway Bay with an open kitchen where Chris works his magic.
First up, we had the scallops. Fresh King Scallops baked in half-shell with a white wine sauce, served over a salad of leafy greens & couscous. The scallops themselves were magnificent, cooked to tenderness and the sauce was mild and complemented the innate sweetness of the fleshy scallops. With that said I would have preferred those wonderful scallops be plated separate to the salad, which got warmed by the scallops. But that’s probably just me being picky... hehe
Next was the onion soup, in ‘cream of white onion’ form. A ‘less is more’ soup, linen white, not starchy but tasted very hearty, thought I tasted a dollop of wine within, but I wasn’t sure and was having too good a time to check with Chef Chris. This soup would be very welcome come winter.
The main was beef wellington (complete with Kennel Kitchen’s own ‘corporate logo’ baked-in!) - a dish I have never got around to trying until then. It featured a thin-ish puff pastry which worked pretty well, the duxelle between the pastry and meet was mild and earthy in flavour while the beef was cooked to maintain a juicy pink centre, just the way I like. Worthy of praise were the sides which were plated attractively on a wooden platter with the main dish and included roasted glazed pumpin and cherry tomatoes on its vines, as well as buttery creamy sweet corn and au gratin potatoes. The main, overall, had a very high ‘comfort food’ factor despite its very attractive presentation.
The ‘surprise dessert’ promised by Chris was the big mystery of the night, now that the quality of food was no longer mystery for this Plate Culture virgin. Truth be told, I was not bursting with anticipation for dessert as I am don’t really a sweet-tooth, but I was in it for the suspense. Thankfully, the surprise turns out to be ‘make you own’ chocolate truffles. Presented with latex gloves, two bowls of chilled chocolate and a brief tutorial by Chris, the inner child in us leapt forth and began to roll our little balls of fun, dipped in cocoa and nuts and washed down with a gulp of port to round the meal out on a more adult tone.
All in all, a fantastic meal and lots of fun with a good time enjoyed by all. Chris is a great host and his pets are friendly, well behaved and always willing to put on a show when called for! For those visiting from abroad, definitely take a mean here - not only will you enjoy lovingly prepared food at great value (would be a challenge indeed to find a meal of this quality at this price), you are also getting the unique opportunity to experience personally, the charms of a cosy urban Hong Kong residence.
Cheerful and tasty were the themes of the evening and Kennel Kitchen is highly recommended!
It was an enjoyable night with chef Chris. Food was really nice and was good value for a 4 course meal. We had interesting conversations with Chris and he was kind enough to show us some kick-ass dance moves (back in the 90s). Some much fun that night! Thank you Chris :) We are looking forward to our next visit
We had a lovely night. The dogs and cats were great hosts: they showed us their home, pre-warmed our seats, and made sure we knew we didn't have to eat anything we didn't like to. The food was great and Chris made sure to take all our food preferences into account (and there were quite a few). The soup was the best we have had in the past years and the lamb and scallop was also great! The conversation made the dinner even more enjoyable and we always had full water and wine glasses.
If you want a truly different experience from the usual HK restaurants, this is definitely the way to go. In fact, our night reminded all of us about the state of service in most restaurants in HK where it is difficult to truly enjoy the food and dining experience. That just goes to say: food taste so much better when you feel it has been made by someone who loves cooking, has fun doing it and fully thinks about the experience of the customer. We will be back!