One of the things I miss most about living in the US is having the space to entertain. My friends would come over, open a bottle of wine and sit around the kitchen table while I cooked. We could be ourselves and didn’t have to worry about reservations, crowded tables or bad service. Now every time a special occasion occurs or I want to plan an intimate gathering, I have to rack my brain to think about where to book. I’ve tried multiple private kitchens in Hong Kong, but some of them have an insane waiting list or aren't very flexible with special food requirements. At the end of the day, planning these get-togethers turns out to be more work than I bargained for.

Luckily, one of my friends introduced me to Love True Food’s private dining. It’s unlike any other private kitchen I’ve been to because the home kitchen studio consists of an island where 12 people can sit around the kitchen. So, not only do you get a delicious meal, but you get to be part of the cooking experience. During our four-course dinner, we got to watch Chef Lakshmi Harilela create a flavourful South Indian lentil stew and succulent cumin rubbed lamb chops. The fragrant aroma of the spices left us all salivating, and we couldn’t wait to dig in. I felt so at home because all the food was served in the middle of the table, so it was just like family-style dining. We were also able to bring our own wine at no extra cost and play our own music

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One of the things I liked most was how easy it was to plan the dinner. Love True Food offers a variety of menus featuring different cuisines from Tex-Mex to Moroccan. There are also menus for vegetarians, vegans and people who follow the macrobiotic diet. Since Lakshmi Harilela trained at New York’s Natural Gourmet Institute and is a certified Ayurvedic Nutritional Therapist, she’s equipped to deal with all types of dietary requirements. Another aspect that differentiates Love True food is that they only serve high quality ingredients, including grass-fed organic lamb and sustainable seafood.

So, if you’re looking for a place to celebrate a special occasion or just want to enjoy a home-cooked meal with your nearest and dearest, my stomach and I would highly recommend visiting lovetruefood.com to learn more about their private dining experience.