|Petite fours on tableware in Esther Sham's signature pink|
After whining continuously about the private kitchen scene in Hong Kong (and how really, people shouldn't get so excited about them - they shouldn't be differentiated from regular restaurants), I figured I should be a good sport and write about a private kitchen that is worth your trouble (and cash).
Ta Pantry was opened by Esther Sham, who, when she first started the private kitchen, was a very good amateur chef. Her old location in Wanchai could only sit one party a night, and it was often full, which also meant she had plenty of chances to perfect her cooking. She also staged at Amber, and took a few months off to stage in France last year. Upon the opening of her new and much larger space in North Point, shared with wine cellar Hip Cellar, we went to check her out again.
We had the L'Indochine menu, the first incarnation of which I had back at the old Wanchai location, probably a couple years ago (or more!).
|Amuse bouche - salami taco, quinoa, fresh sweetcorn|
|Hokkaido scallop green mango curry carpaccio|
|Citrusy crabmeat ravioli|
|Coco Balsamic Linguine|
|Red Wine Poached Pear Crumble|
|A wall of Versace plates - fancy! - and our drink station|
|Fake (indoor) balcony loungey-waiting-for-friends area with views|
5/F, Block C
Sea View Estate
8 Watson Road
+852 2521 8121 (please call between Mon to Fri 11am to 6pm)
Minimum charge applies as all rooms are private, but you can try your luck if they have a last-minute opening
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