When the ferry docks on the tiny pier, we are met by Jack, Ayelet’s genial husband and co-host, who cheerfully escorts us to the house, where Ayelet is waiting in their garden with pitchers of iced rose hibiscus tea and bowls of fresh lychees, dates and oranges. We get busy cooling down and getting acquainted with the other guests- there are about 8 to 12 people per meal. Everyone is friendly and chatty, most of all Ayelet and John, who make everyone feel welcome with their warmth and generous hospitality. We take a tour of the garden where Jack points out Ayelet’s herb planters and the neighbours longan. So far, so lovely. And so un-Hong Kong! Social dining, as Ayelet refers to it, is hardly commonplace in a city where most of us don’t know our own neighbours.
We all sit down and get started, accompanied by free flow wine and sparkling served generously throughout the meal by John. The atmosphere is convivial and my dining companions are a lovely bunch. Quite a few are omnivores who simply love great food. A fair few are vegans who are thrilled to bits to be wholly catered to this deliciously and amply. Ayelet offers vegetarian versions of this event too but this week’s iteration is 100% vegan. No one misses the meat.
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All photos courtesy of Green Queen.