As we enter a new year, many of us are looking to make smarter decisions when it comes to what we eat. Luckily, Hong Kong is blessed with a plethora of restaurants which offer nutritional dishes to help us meet that goal. Whether we've vegetarian, vegan, or on a strict low-carb diet, these ten eateries are definitely worth checking out. Bon appétit!
1. Grassroots Pantry
This bright and airy Scandinavian-style eatery provides a clean and casual atmosphere in which to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner. From Thai and Indian-inspired curries to vegetable stir-fries and kelp noodle salads, this healthy eating hub boasts a truly delectable menu which caters to all tastes and preferences. If you have a sweet tooth, you'll be pleased to know that the venue offers a selection of gluten-free and vegan desserts too.
Grassroots Pantry, 108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, (+852) 2873 3353
Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, organic – you name it, MANA! has it. This environmentally friendly oasis of deliciously healthy food is a go-to for clean eaters who aren't willing to scrimp on flavour. From Signature Flatbreads and Raw Bowls full of wholesome ingredients, to heartier mains such as the Babylon! Burger or Yams & Dips, the tasty menu allows you to feast on organic plant-based treats with zero guilt. There are some pretty appealing drinks on offer too, including the Earth Juice and Babylon Shake, which are ideal for detoxing.
MANA! Fast Slow Food, 92 Wellington Street, Central, (+852) 2851 1611
MANA! Cafe, 8 Tai On Terrace, Poho, Sheung Wan, (+852) 2347 8555
3. Maison Libanaise
Decent Lebanese food is hard to come by in Hong Kong, but the Black Sheep crew have struck gold with this three-storey gem in SoHo. Serving up a selection of healthy Middle-Eastern dips, mezzes, salads, grilled fish, and meat skewers, the restaurant is a popular spot at lunch and dinner time, where health-conscious diners line up for their wraps and salad bowls which are packed with only the freshest ingredients. The Pan-fried Haloumi and Za'atar Fried Chicken are winners on the hot mezze front, while the Lahém Mishwé chargrilled prime beef striploin skewers and Sole Fillet make for a delicious dinnertime feast.
Maison Libanaise, 10 Shelley Street, SoHo, (+852) 2111 2284
Nestled in the health-conscious neighbourhood of Sai Ying Pun, Locofama is an organic restaurant which serves vegan, dairy-free, nut-free, pescatarian, and gluten-free dishes. The venue also has a range of carb-free options to cater for the paleo diet, which certainly don't lack flavour. Working closely with local farmers, the community-centred eatery sources 'clean' ingredients (aka chemical free crops) and serves up mouth-watering, organic dishes in a relaxed and casual setting.
Locofama, 11 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun, (+852) 2547 7668
Open everyday except for Tuesdays
5. Le Pain Quotidien
With plenty of vegan and vegetarian dishes on offer, and a beautiful Parisian-style terrace perched at the end of Lee Tung Avenue, rustic Belgian restaurant Le Pain Quotidien is a great spot for people watching come day or night. The crunchy, juicy Quinoa Detox Salad is the ideal lunchtime pick-me-up, while the hot Chilli Con Carne (pictured) makes for a delicious dinner. We can't get enough of the zesty Beet Booster smoothie here too, and admittedly we have given in to the temptation of a Chocolate Eclair once or twice. We're only human.
Le Pain Quotidien, Shop G41, The Avenue, Lee Tung Avenue, Wan Chai, (+852) 2520 1801
Shop 008, LG1, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, (+852) 2808 1837
Shop 1089C, 1/F, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, (+852) 2521 1377
6. Jamie’s Deli
If you’re a fan of the cheeky Naked Chef and his passion for healthy food, then it’s well worth checking out his deli in Harbour City. Open for breakfast and lunch only, this casual grab-and-go venue boasts an overwhelming selection of prepared salads, sandwiches, hot entrees, and pizza that are as nutritious as they are delicious and conveniently served in takeaway tubs and boxes. You can choose a hot item and load it up with two veg for $88 or three for $98, which is surprisingly reasonable given the generous portion sizes. The Gennaro’s Meatballs and Lemon and Herb Salmon are the ‘hottest’ items on the menu, while the Kale Caesar and Mixed Grains with Caramelised Onions and Feta make for refreshing and flavoursome sides. There’s also a modest beverage counter serving - thankfully no Coke or other branded sugar-laden sodas - but rather a selection of fresh fruit juices and smoothies, of which the Green Smoothie is an absolute delight.
Jamie’s Deli, Shop 412, 4/F, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, (+852) 3758 3333
7. DiVino Patio
Inspired by a shift in their customers' diets and health-conscious attitudes, DiVino Patio now offers more organic meats and vegetables, as well as sugar-free and gluten-free options. Signature dishes include slow-cooked cuttlefish with Italian black rice, tomato salsa, and Bottarga di muggine roe, and the gorgeous pan seared swordfish steak with wild rocket, light pesto sauce, gauffrette potatoes, and sun-blushed tomatoes. The restaurant has also joined the Green Monday movement to promote healthy and environmentally friendly living in Hong Kong by encouraging meat-free-diets on Mondays. Goodies include gluten-free pizzas and pastas, in addition to a selection of vegetarian treats. Delizioso!
DiVino Patio Ristorante Bar Pizzeria, Shop 11, 1/F, BRIM28, Causeway Bay Centre, 28 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, (+852) 2877 3552
8. Green Common
Originally a health food store, Green Common has now expanded into six delis scattered across Hong Kong, meaning you're never far away from its impressive menu of plant-based dishes and the famous vegan Beyond Burger, which recently won investment from vegetarian celebrity Leonardo DiCaprio.
Offering everything from multi-coloured Rainbowl Quinoa and Kale-Licious salads to Beyond Spaghetti Bolognese with Vegan Cheese and Beyond Chicken Yaki Udon, Green Common is a great option for guilt-free dining and is refreshingly innovative. We get it now, Leo.
Green Common, click here for various locations
When self-confessed "coffee geek" Felix Wong joined forces with local creative lifestyle brand OVO, a fresh and modern take on healthy eating was born. Serving the most delicious vegetarian comfort food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, OVOCAFÉ is on a mission to have a positive influence on people's eating habits, dishing up meals within an elegant floral interior scented with roasted coffee beans. From Superbowl Salad and Black Truffle Soup to Tom Yummy Noodles and Linguine with sun-dried tomato and okra, there's a dish to satisfy any palate. They have a killer All-Day Breakfast too.
OVOCAFÉ, G/F, OVOMARKET, 1 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, (+852) 2527 6011
10. Veggie SF
Who says vegetarian is boring? Aside from the diverse range of vegetarian fusion dishes on the menu, quirky 1950s San Fransisco themed cafe Veggie SF is decked out in genuine antiques from the era, transporting you back to a time when food was simple, fresh, and delicious. The restaurant owners also understand that while your stomach needs a cleanse, so does your mind, so you will find inspirational readings which grant you with "Love, wisdom, and healing" to enjoy with your Veggie Lasagne or Signature Organic Beetroot Burger.
Veggie SF, 10/F, 11 Stanley Street, Central, (+852) 3902 3902
Open everyday except for Sundays
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