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Originally published by Inés Fung. Last updated by Celia Lee.
I can’t believe it’s not meat! Got a hankering for burgers, pasta, and pies, but trying to incorporate more plants into your diet? Look no further than our round-up of the best vegetarian restaurants in Hong Kong that offer all of your favourite Western delights. Dig in!
If you’re a carb lover, Mirror & Vegan Concept is worth going out of your way for. Specialising in Italian classics, you’ll be able to convince yourself that your carb load is still healthy, as everything on the menu is vegan. Mirror & Vegan Concept keeps to a fairly simple menu, with the white truffle wild mushroom linguine ($128) and cucurbita pepo risotto ($168) being firm favourites. Not only is Mirror & Vegan Concept good for you, but it’s also good for your wallet, as the set meals are super affordable.
Mirror & Vegan Concept, 9/F, 118 Queen’s Road Central, Central | (+852) 2868 0810
Fans of Home Eat to Live and Mana! will rejoice to hear that chef and entrepreneur Christian G. Mongendre is behind Treehouse, providing the city with more high-quality and healthy plant-based casual dining options. Treehouse’s all-day whole foods menu is made with organic ingredients that are locally sourced, featuring build-your-own bowls, flatbreads, smoothies, and kombucha, as well as a range of gluten-free and raw options. The café is also designed to look like a treehouse, with all furniture designed and built sustainably.
Treehouse, Shop 1, G/F, Ezra’s Lane, 45 Pottinger Street, Central | (+852) 3791 2277
Veda expertly combines flavours of the East and West to create elevated plant-based takes on classic comfort food made for sharing. Its vegetarian and plant-based menu is filled with scrumptious and filling items, such as the fresh and inviting heirloom salad ($118), which tosses together sliced tomatoes, creamy labneh, and a generous handful of dill to elevate the dish into a premium venture. The Silk Route momos ($98) is Veda’s fusion alternative to the classic momo, stuffed with creamy spinach and ricotta.
Why not give Veda’s aloo gobi ($168) a taste? Featuring a whole-roasted cauliflower, the filling and rustic vegetable is complemented by pillowy potatoes, all soaked in an indulgent coconut and lentil sauce, offering the ultimate satisfaction associated with comfort food.
Veda, 2 Arbuthnot Road, Central | (+852) 3755 3000
A vegetarian restaurant with an elegant interior, Leisurely Veggie promises its patrons a relaxing environment to dine and chat in. Simplicity is at the heart of its dishes, and Leisurely Veggie has a range of delicious yet reasonably priced items for you to peruse.
Upgrade your meal by taking advantage of its combo deal. Apart from the main dish, you also get a complimentary bowl of soup with French bread. Its seasonal veggie linguine ($98) is a hearty yet refreshing choice that uses ingredients sourced locally. Not in the mood for pasta? Try the avocado and veggie quesadilla ($108) that comes with beetroot apple salad and potato wedges. For pizza lovers, the portobello truffle pizza ($158) is a protein-rich and seasonal treat for our fellow herbivores to indulge in this October!
Apart from Western cuisine, Leisurely Veggie also has a selection of international dishes reimagined with vegetables in mind to suit your dietary needs.
Sofia is a quirky vegetarian restaurant serving plant-based alternatives to a range of cuisines around the world. From pasta, pizzas, and burgers to ramen and curries, Sofia has got it all.
Part of the café-restaurant’s elegant dining interior comes from its use of natural light. Fronted by glass windows, the restaurant looks pleasantly out of place compared to its urban surroundings. Whilst Sofia’s environment is comfortable and relaxing, its vegetarian reinventions of classic dishes made the strongest impression. The corn kernels pumpkin risotto ($62) is a perfect balance between sweet and savoury, with an added crunch of corn kernels sprinkled over the dish. The Hawaiian vegetarian chicken burger ($75) uses vegetarian meat so delicious that it tastes just like the real thing.
Sofia, Shop A2A, G/F, Tai Fu Building, 6–20 Tai Tsun Street, Tai Kok Tsui | (+852) 2523 8938
Years is known for the plant-based menus featured across its outlets, and Be with Years is another vegetarian restaurant under the brand that serves up delicious items transformed with the vegetable in mind. What’s more, Be with Years has something for every meal!
Craving an energy-packed and filling breakfast? Give Be’s baked veggie and potato all-day breakfast ($138) a try. Served with Impossible sausage, avocado, turmeric tofu, and teriyaki king oyster mushroom, you can expect a protein-rich start to your busy day! Want something refreshing for lunch? Its creamy lemon dill spaghetti ($88) guarantees a perfect balance between the rich and the citrus in every bite. Why not give the keto mixed herb cauliflower steak ($158) a try? A healthy alternative to the classic house steak, it uses the freshest produce to offer diners maximum flavours without compromising on nutritiousness.
Be with Years, G27, Pebbles World, Whampoa Garden, Hung Hom | (+852) 9366 3261
Jaja is a bright and fashionable restaurant serving up premium vegetarian delights. Striving to spread happiness and wellness through its culinary treats, you can expect originality and innovation from its dishes. Choose from a range of reimagined international cuisines, all presented in Instagrammable arrangements. Its truffle, spinach, and egg pizza ($198) is a protein-rich option, while the mac and cheese ($158) elevates the classic comfort dish to a complete fine dining experience with dried porcini, curly kale, and black truffle paste.
Of course, we have to mention Jaja’s overwhelming selection of sweets and drinks! From milkshakes to smoothies and chia puddings, to mocktails and cocktails, you have more than enough options to choose from to round off your meal.
Jaja, 6/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai | (+852) 2877 3999