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Originally published by Inés Fung. Updated by Jen Paolini and Beverly Ngai.
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.
Opened the same crew behind vegetarian hotspot Years—which has long been a popular dining destination in Sham Shui Po—this clean and minimalistic café takes on the same Asian-Western culinary influences as its mother establishment, but makes it fully vegan! You will likely have to wait in line before you can score a table here, but the wait is worth it for their tongue-tantalising mala cilantro Impossible burger ($138), served with some of the crispiest sweet potato fries you’ll find anywhere—vegan restaurant or otherwise.
Other choice options for mains include the Sichuan dan dan noodles ($98) and keto cauliflower steak ($138). Expect the portions to be generous, but even so, it’s hard to pass up their unique bevvies, like the banana dragon fruit oat milk smoothie ($48) and cilantro lemon soda ($48).
The Park by Years, 132 Yu Chau Street, Sham Shui Po | (+852) 5336 4000
Hong Kong’s vegan dining scene can be skewed towards the pricey side, but thanks to The Recipe, vegans can enjoy healthful, plant-based meals without it costing an arm and a leg. Based in Kwun Tong, this fast-casual spot dishes out a wide range of nourishing Chinese vegan options, such as homemade dumplings ($45), sweet & sour monkey head mushrooms with rice ($55), and mixed vegetable curry ($45).
Its speciality is the vegan cart noodles ($38), which come with a nutritious miso soup base enriched with B12 vitamin, noodles, and three toppings of your choice. For those looking to sneak even more vegetables into their diet, the spinach noodles or sweet potato noodles are the way to go!
The Recipe, Shop 57, Legend Tower, E Plaza, 7 Shing Yip Street, Kwun Tong | (+852) 5539 4088
Evoking the setting of a quaint garden patio with its light woods and dried flowers, this cosy little café makes it impossibly easy for vegans and omnivores alike to feel at home as they delight in a blissful array of coffee, cakes, and light bites. From the savoury selection, take your pick from the likes of Vietnamese chicken bánh mì ($138), avocado & fig toast with hummus ($98), and three-way Mexican tacos ($138) made with Impossible beef.
Be sure to leave room for their tempting and oh-so-photogenic vegan desserts—tuck into sweet treats like vegan banana bread ($30) and chocolate brownie ($30), or be surprised by their daily vegan cake ($54)!
Vego Coffee, Shop 7B, 154–156 Austin Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 6808 3768
With a name perfectly befitting the refinement and sophistication of its food, Emerald offers a French-Chinese fine-dining experience like no other. Every dish is artfully presented and executed with a taste to match.
Its signature rose barbecue pork ($118) and vegan foie gras balls with truffle sauce ($138) give their traditional counterparts a good run for their money, but their creatively conceived dishes—the crispy risotto ball with cauliflower mushroom green sauce ($128) and monkey head mushrooms with grapefruit osmanthus sauce ($94)—equally hold their own. In addition to their permanent à la carte menu, look out for their seasonal specials!
Emerald, 6/F, M88, Wellington Place, 2–8 Wellington Street, Central | (+852) 2855 9555
Traditional Chinese vegetarian cuisine can feel dated at times, with many restaurants holding onto time-honoured applications, but an eatery serving modern updates to your favourite Chinese flavours comes in the form of Miss Lee. Coming from ZS Hospitality Group—the folks behind upscale Singaporean Whey, Ying Jee Club, modern Korean Hansik Goo, and Asian food market J.A.M.—you know they know how to whip up a good meal.
Its wholesome menu is 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. On the recently revamped à la carte summer menu, we particularly love the refreshing celtuce & shredded mushroom salad ($118) and taro & yam puff pastry ($198) served with sweet onions and a porcini mushroom sauce—a plant-based riff on the beef Wellington. Old favourites include the lettuce wrap ($118) with marinated chopped bean curd and the golden cauliflower ($128) coated in salted egg yolk.
Miss Lee, 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 friends who cannot 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.
Treehouse even makes its own vegan cheese, which features heavily on items like the olives & rocket pizza ($128), and its own vegan wholewheat sourdough that makes up the flatbreads and burger buns. It also offers delectable shakes and juices named after nature’s wonders chock-full of nutritious ingredients!
Treehouse, Shop 1, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central | (+852) 3791 2277
You do not need to be a member of Fivelements to enjoy their award-winning plant-based cuisine. Settled in a laid-back corner in their Times Square retreat is Sakti Elixir Bar, serving up sustainable vegan whole food nutrition. Flavours at Sakti are pan-Asian-inspired, and their vegan curry laksa ($128) could rival any regular laksa. Add on the chickpea & cassava pancakes ($68) for the perfect small bite, and wash it all down with some seasonal signature hand-picked teas from the extensive clean tea menu.
Sakti Elixir Bar, Level 13A, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay | (+852) 3106 2912
From humble beginnings as the host of Hong Kong’s biggest vegan block parties to a full-scale casual dining experience, this is certainly not Big Dill’s first rodeo. Bathed in 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 crafts 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, onions, pickles, and a special sauce on brioche buns. Also popular is their Zeus gyro ($98), a “lamb” wrap packed with French fries, cucumber, and tomatoes, with a mint and garlic sauce.
Big Dill, 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 lunchboxes, 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.
InnoVeggie’s buffet selection is super diverse: You’ll find classic Chinese- and Western-style offerings like dim sum and pizza, but you can have your pick of Thai and Japanese dishes as well. InnoVeggie is completely self-serve, so do remember to return your used trays and cutlery after use!
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 Green Monday—the Hong Kong-based social venture behind retail chain Green Common—this pastel paradise is often the first place in town to offer the newest plant-based protein innovations, such as the OmniPork and OmniSeafood range, Just Egg, Heura, and much more.
From their latest menu, we absolutely love the Omni musubi ($48) with marinated and seared slabs of OmniPork Luncheon meat, and the warm mushroom salad with yuzu pepper dressing ($98). It’s also difficult to say no to the crispy OmniPork curry rice ($98), a Japanese-inspired comfort dish with breaded Omnipork cutlets and a side of purple rice, and the Spicy Storm OmniFillet ($98) with crispy garlic, chilli, and mixed riceberry 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 will be moving from its current location in Nan Fung Place to a new shop in Central soon—check back for updates on the new address!
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 are also free of onions, garlic, and leeks, making the fare Buddhist-friendly. 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 and chips ($158)—the “fish” is actually deep-fried banana blossom!—and vegan pulled pork burger with coleslaw ($168). Pop Vegan’s dishes 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 a 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 ($128), the grilled carciofini baby broccoli ($158), and spinach saffron risotto ($168).
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, and the roasted beans are of 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 pasta with Bolognese sauce ($98) and fried konjac rings ($58). 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, Altro, 118 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun | (+852) 2858 3998