Let’s face it: we live a pretty awesome lifestyle here in Hong Kong. Although we complain about how hot and humid it is, we love it really and we have a whole range of options of things to do on weekends, whether it’s going out on a boat, going on a beautiful yet gruelling hike, or simply going to the beach. When one of these options is paired with a delicious meal, you know life is seriously good. Allow me to present Invisible Kitchen, a team of “gourmet little helpers” led by British Chef Tom Burney, that deliver amazing chef-cooked catering experiences for every occasion. I recently tried out their Picnic Basket Delivery and am already looking for an occasion to book another!
One of my favourite hikes to do on the island is up to the very top of The Peak. We live right by a lovely trail that goes past a beautiful waterfall and takes you, in less than an hour, up to Victoria Peak Garden. Depending on which way you walk, you can even avoid the tourists and the slow morning walkers, and pretty much have the trail to yourself. It’s a long way up and there are far too many steps to count, but all that kept me going last Sunday, other than the fact that I knew I was doing my body some good after a big Saturday night, was the fact that a delicious picnic basket awaited us at the top.
With Invisible Kitchen, you book your picnic basket at least 2-3 days in advance, tell them where you plan to have your picnic, and they’ll deliver a gourmet feast straight to you. That means no need to spend hours preparing food, and no need to lug a whole basket full of food on the hike with you, since it’s hard enough carrying bodyweight alone! So all you need to carry is a picnic blanket and you’re all set to go.
One of the best things about it, other than the scrumptious food, is that it all comes in a cute wicker basket – that you get to keep afterwards! I’m a sucker for things like that and have been known to buy things just for the packaging – but this at least is useful packaging!
Inside the cute wicker basket lay a whole selection of gourmet treats, from a wide range of cold cuts and cheeses, to goat’s cheese and roasted vegetable baguette, to croque monsieur, to pesto pasta salad, to Greek salad and so on.
I was most impressed by the black pudding scotch eggs, the chicken tikka skewers, and, our absolute favourite, rosemary and garlic lamb cutlets with roasted aubergine dip.
All this was washed down very nicely with a bottle of Moët & Chandon, and finished with an array of sweet treats including coffee and green tea flavoured macarons, eton mess, and, my favourite, super chocolatey fudgey brownies, of which I could have devoured a whole platter full.
After a relaxing afternoon in the sunshine, grazing on tasty food and sipping Champagne, the walk back down the hill was a breeze.
My only complaint is that there’s a great deal of packaging, and we all know that HK is useless with recycling. I’m not sure what could be done to minimise packaging, but perhaps it’s something Invisible Kitchen needs to look into.
A picnic basket (without the Champagne) costs $395 per person, for a minimum of four people (each basket contains food for two, so an order for eight will include four baskets). Meanwhile, if you’re after a special picnic date for two, including the bottle of Moët, it’ll be $1490. It’s a pretty special experience that’s bound to impress, and gives you even more reason to get up and go for a hike!
Invisible Kitchen can also organise junk catering, barbecue packs or office lunches too. Check out their website for more details.