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Originally published by Inés Fung. Last updated by Jen Paolini.
If your diet omits eggs, meats, and dairy products, then you may be a vegan, and you may be looking for solid dining options in Hong Kong that cater to your plant-based needs. Or perhaps you’re an omnivore, simply looking for ways to eat cleaner and healthier. Whatever your reasons may be for seeking out a plant-based lifestyle, you’ve got to check out our top picks for vegan restaurants in Hong Kong.
Traditional Chinese vegetarian cuisine can feel dated and greasy at times, but an eatery serving modern updates to your favourite Chinese flavours comes in the form of Miss Lee. Coming from the people who created Lee Lo Mei, you know they know how to whip up a good meal.
The wholesome menu is mostly vegan in part, as well as gluten-free and Buddhist-friendly, with only one or two dishes in each section made with eggs or dairy. We love the delicious and Instagrammable Fire Balls ($138), a meatless sweet and sour pork dish, and Amazing Maize ($98), a salad with vegan sesame dressing. If you want a taste of the chef’s signature menu, you can also opt for juice pairings for an entirely guiltless meal.
Miss Lee, G/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central | (+852) 2881 1811
Aside from two toppings (egg and animal-rennet-free halloumi), the entire Treehouse menu is vegan, as well as friendly to our mates who can’t have gluten. We love the fast and casual green eating concept of flatbreads, burgers, and bowls, all customisable and made fresh in-house with locally sourced and sustainable ingredients.
They even make their own vegan cheese, which features heavily on the yummy vegan nachos, and their own vegan wholewheat sourdough that make up the flatbreads and burger buns. As if personalised food wasn’t enticing enough, they also make delectable shakes and juices named after nature’s wonders with creative ingredients like choi sum.
Treehouse, Shop 1, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central | (+852) 3791 2277
You don’t need to be a member at Fivelements to enjoy their award-winning plant-based cuisine. Settled in a laid-back corner in their Hong Kong retreat in Times Square is Sakti Elixir Bar, serving up sustainable vegan whole food nutrition.
The flavours at Sakti are pan-Asian inspired, and their Vegan Curry Laksa ($128) could rival any regular laksa. The rich and flavourful laksa will keep you going for a while, but if you’re still hungry, the Chickpea & Cassava Pancakes ($68) are the perfect small bite. Wash it all down with some seasonal signature hand-picked teas from Sakti’s extensive clean tea menu.
Sakti Elixir Bar, Level 13A, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay | (+852) 3106 2912
Confusion is one of our lunchtime favourites, a cosy space with an extensive vegan menu for all tastes. Vego standards like burgers and wraps are always on offer here, but if you’ve felt like you’ve been missing certain traditionally meaty dishes like pho, burrito bowls, and Japanese curry, here your cravings can be satisfied guilt-free and deliciously.
If you don’t catch them in the hectic lunch rush, the team at Confusion are happy to help you make that all-important decision: just where do you start on their menu? Confusion also promotes a low- to zero-waste lifestyle, using biodegradable and compostable packaging if you order out. What’s not to love?
Confusion, G/F, 103 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan | (+852) 2563 3699
From humble beginnings as the host of Hong Kong’s biggest vegan block parties to a full-scale casual dining experience, we would certainly say that this isn’t Big Dill’s first rodeo. Bathed in bright purple and blue neons, you could be forgiven for mistaking this neighbourhood eatery for a hip nightlife destination, but one look at the menu will have you hooked.
Big Dill focuses on crafting delicious dishes made in-house with vegan ingredients and an emphasis on high protein count, just to prove a point to the naysayers. Feast your eyes on the signature Big Dill ($108), a mouth-watering “beef” burger with a melange of vegan cheddar cheese, onions, pickles, and a special sauce on fluffy brioche buns. Also popular is their Zeus Gyro ($98), a “lamb” wrap packed with French fries, cucumber, and tomatoes, and slathered in a mint and garlic sauce.
Big Dill, G/F, 123–125 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun | (+852) 5270 6777
Eat good and do good at InnoVeggie, a vegan buffet restaurant that frequently gives back to the community with free lunchbox giveaways, veggie food drives, and charity feasts. It strives to represent a new face of Buddhism and vegan eating, with its bright and open surroundings and thoughtfully made food. The buffet selection is super diverse here: You’ll find classic Chinese and Western-style offerings like dim sum and pizza, but you can have your pick of Thai and Japanese offerings as well. InnoVeggie is completely self-serve, so do remember to return your used trays and cutlery!
InnoVeggie, 2–4 Fort Street, North Point | (+852) 2856 6238
As one of the few fully vegan restaurants in town, Kind Kitchen steps up the game in dishing out toothsome plant-based cuisine. Brought to us by the team behind Hong Kong retail chain and Green Common, this pastel paradise is often the first place in town to offer the newest plant-based protein innovations, such as Omnipork, JUST Egg, Heura, and more.
From their latest menu, we absolutely love the Omni K-Ramen ($62), a Korean spicy noodle dish topped with seared slabs of Omnipork Luncheon meat. It’s also difficult to say no to the Crispy Omnipork Curry ($98), a Japanese-inspired comfort dish with breaded Omnipork cutlets and a side of purple rice. When it comes to snacks, look no further than the Happy Nuggets ($63), Kind Kitchen’s take on the McDonald’s classic with Alpha Foods’ soy- and wheat-based “chicken” nuggets.
Kind Kitchen, Shop 1, 1/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road Central, Central | (+852) 2110 0055
Not only are the offerings at POP Vegan, well, vegan, but they’re also free of onions, garlic, and leeks. We reckon you could fool even the most hardcore meat lover with POP Vegan’s specialities, like the Vegan Peking Duck Pizza ($158), Vegan Fish & Chips ($158)—the “fish” is actually deep-fried banana blossom—and Vegan Pulled Pork Burger with Coleslaw ($168). The dishes at POP Vegan are great for sharing, so we recommend organising a big group meal so you can get a taste of everything on offer.
POP Vegan, 1/F, 28 Elgin Street, Soho, Central | (+852) 2628 6211
We love carbs and Mirror & Vegan Concept delivers on making the typically meat-, dairy-, and egg-heavy Italian food we know and love completely vegan. It’s hard to get a table during the Central lunch rush, which is testament to their success in converting more people to plant-based eating, if only just for a meal.
Mirror & Vegan Concept is a homely and friendly eatery, with mirrors adorning the walls as they believe that whole and healthy eating will reflect on the outside as well. We highly recommend the White Truffle & Wild Mushroom Linguine, the Grilled Carciofini Baby Broccoli, and Spinach Sauce Risotto.
Mirror & Vegan Concept, 9/F, 118 Queen’s Road Central, Central | (+852) 2868 0810
LN Coffee is our top pick for the grazing freelancer on a vegan diet. Its floor-to-ceiling windows, cosy seats, and comforting selection of mostly Western fare and vegan spins on local favourites makes this the perfect spot to chip away at a busy afternoon. Its menu of food and coffee offers fantastic fuel for a long day of working on your laptop: The roasted beans are high quality, handpicked by the owner and sometimes picked up while they travel.
Instead of the commonly-used soy, creative ingredients like konjac and mushrooms take the place of meat in dishes like spaghetti bolognese and calamari. We especially love the dairy- and egg-free cakes that LN Coffee often decorates with smiley faces, and the whole place just radiates with positive energy.
LN Coffee, G/F, Altro, 118 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun | (+852) 2858 3998