"Table for one" is probably one of the most rarely heard phrases in Hong Kong. Dining in a big group is the norm, whether it's colleagues from work, a bunch of friends from school meeting up for a reunion, or a family getting together for their regular Sunday nosh. Vast circular tables with a revolving stand in the middle – so everyone gets a chance to dig it to their favorite dish – are a routine accessory in Chinese restaurants. In short, catering for large parties is so normal in Hong Kong restaurants it's barely given a second glance.
Pretty much wherever you travel in Hong Kong, there's a restaurant that will do very nicely for a big group dinner. On the edges of Central, Grassroots Pantry holds sway. Down on the waters of Aberdeen harbor, the Jumbo Floating Restaurant has been entertaining folk by the score for decades. And as well as local operations, there are big international names like Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, known the world over for its fine dishes, and Chef Bombana's Otto e Mezzo.
With big groups comes a fair amount of noise. Hong Kong's restaurants tend to be fairly boisterous, with everyone giving vent to their feelings of enjoyment of both company and what's on the table.