Black Cat Dining Room
Recreate the luxurious delicacies of the consulate
Every antique building on Kulanyu island seems to have its own romantic, legendary, or strange story to tell. The old resort in which the Black Cat Dining Room is located was once a private club owned by the Midsouth Bank’s former director surnamed Ma. Kulanyu used to be where the Xiamen’s upper class and foreigners convene after it became the business port after the opium war. The island used to host as many as 13 consulates. The Black Cat Dining Room was later known for making consulate-like delicacies at that time. Movies such as The Knot and Piano Trojan also shot scenes at this antique, extravagant resort.
What’s the most surprising is that the current person in charge Mr. Hung Ming-chang (洪明章) was born and breed in Pingtung, Taiwan. He collections tens of thousands of private antiques after he arrived on the island. One of them was a menu in 1908. Back then, the governor of Fujian and Zhejiang Provinces hosted a banquet for 2,000 U.S. military officers based on the menu. Mr. Hung decided to inherit the history, which led to his opening the Black Cat Dining Room.
A different image of the ancient times is reflected through the warm candlelight. The furniture and interior designs recreate the old appearance of Kulangyu. The decorations and facilities in the restaurant is discreet. Tableware are collected from the former consulates. The restaurant also provides fine table services.
Reservations are mandatory before meals. Guests can get a taste of the actual set meal used at the French, British, and the U.S. consulates and other western dishes, coffee and snacks. Furthermore, guests can even get a look at the chair once sat by Chiang Kai-shek, the Master of Wood Lee Qing-quan’s (李清泉) family heirloom, and the handwriting of the last Emperor of Qing Dynasty Puyi’s teacher Zheng Xiao-xu (鄭孝胥). Even though the cost to dine at a luxurious restaurant is relatively higher, for many, the opportunity to experience the luxury and grandeur of the consulates on the island is ever more priceless.