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.
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!
Absolutely amazing! A really great experience and a lovely night. Some of the best food I've had in HK and easily the best service. Like having dinner at your best friends home. Everything was perfect and we'll definitely come again! Thanks Chris (also very well behaved dogs were great)
Was and unique and interesting dinning experience .
I can't say the food are cooked prefect , I would give him 90 marks . But Chef Chris and his wife are a lovely couple and Chris Cook with his heart and soul , we had nice chat, nice food , surrounded by adorable pets which made the night prefect.
I highly recommend you guys to join chef Chris and have a delightful night!
Kennel kitchen is all about sharing good food by a passionate and big-hearted chef Chris, in a warm cozy home, accompanied also by his fluffy friends!
A wonderful experience to share and learn about cooking from Chris!
We had a lovely first time experience with both plate culture and our host! They definitely stirred up something fantastic and with friendly and super conversation. The additional company from their lovely pets was a little added bonus! It was a fun date night for us!
Chris and his wife were extremely nice to us, with a very nice intimate home and an open kitchen so you can smell the cooking.
We started off with a small mojito and pre-meal snacks (that looked like doggie biscuits, while their 2 adorable dogs stared in jealousy).
The first course was a "1/2 & 1/2 Tartar" - a tar tar that was half raw beef, and half mixture of strawberries, tomato and red peppers. Mixed with the usual raw egg, chives, mustard, onions etc, it was a delicious starter and just enough to leave you wanting more.
The next course was a fresh scallop with Chinese 'fun see' and a soupy base within the shell. Chris actually heated up rocks, placed them inside an onion coil that he made, and placed the scallop shell on top to keep everything inside hot the whole time. I'm a huge scallop fan, and the warmth kept it juicy the entire time.
We then got a nice home made guava sherbet with lime zest as a palette cleanser.
The main course was easily the highlight of the meal. A red prawn risotto. The prawn was extremely juicy, and Chris asked us to open up the head and let the juices soak into the risotto which added a ton of extra flavour. A fantastic main course that didn't leave you too full.
We were also left with a light strawberry and cream dessert, as well as some additional wine to finish off the meal. Chris even provided home made chocolates in the shape of doggie biscuits to take home.
Overall, a fantastic meal with very welcoming guests. But in addition to the great food, if you are an animal lover like my girlfriend is, you're going to enjoy the company of Chris' extremely well behaved cats and dogs (2 each). Did not interrupt during the meal, and even had entertaining tricks to supplement the night. I plan to go back with a few friends soon, and would highly recommend to anyone else. Felt very welcomed and left extremely happy.