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 strictly vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Hong Kong that offer all of your favourite Western and fusion delights without the guilt and grease. Dig in!
Hemingway’s has long been a Discovery Bay favourite, and their complete menu overhaul hasn’t deterred its loyal customer base; in fact, it’s actually encouraged more DB locals and visitors to adopt a greener diet. Nosh on plant-based goodies like vegetarian pizzas, vegan Spaghetti Bolognaise ($138), and even Shepherd’s Pie ($148) while Hemingway’s ever-rotating line-up of local live bands take you from day to night.
Hemingway’s DB, Shop GO9, Block A, Discovery Bay Plaza, Discovery Bay | (+852) 2987 8804
The first step to learning to be kind to yourself is through the food you consume! Kind Kitchen is located inside the flagship location of popular plant-based retail and deli chain Green Common and remains a favourite of the Sheung Wan lunch crowd. They were the first to introduce plant-based pork alternative Omnipork to Hong Kong, and the menu runs the gauntlet of creative but familiar comfort food with both Asian and Western influences. They also have a dedicated vegan children’s menu for your healthy little ones. Some of their signature dishes include Omnipork & Cabbage Gyoza ($39), Italian Omni-Meatball ($42), and the JUST Egg Teriyaki Bowl ($86) with plant-based egg!
Kind Kitchen, Shop 1, 1/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road Central, Central | (+852) 2110 0055
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! They keep to a fairly simple menu, with their White Truffle Wild Mushroom Linguine ($128) and Classic Porcini Risotto ($158) 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 back with his new venture Treehouse, bringing back beloved dishes from Home Eat to Live, and providing the city with more high quality and healthy plant-based casual dining options. The all-day whole foods menu is made with organic ingredients that are locally sourced and features build-your-own bowls, flatbreads, cold brew coffee, 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, Ground Floor, Ezra’s Lane, 45 Pottinger Street, Central | (+852) 3791 2277
For a truly special experience, hit up home cook Ayelet for a vegan Mediterranean feast at her private kitchen and family home in the idyllic Pak Kok Village. Born and raised in Israel, Chef Ayelet learnt cooking from her grandparents. Everything served at her private kitchen is plant-based, fresh, and fragrant, and will transport you straight to the Middle East, all without mock-meat! Book a meal at Olive Leaf with an empty stomach and open mind, and if you want to learn how to make plant-based Arabic food at home, Chef Ayelet also runs cooking classes.
Olive Leaf, Pak Kok Village, Lamma Island | (+852) 9723 0459
The POP in POP Vegan stands for ‘Pursuit of Peace’, and the first step to this journey is good food. Everything at POP Vegan is, well, vegan, and they take it to the next level by leaving out onions, garlic, and leeks as well. Looking to cater to even the pickiest carnivore, they utilise mock meat in delicious offerings like Spaghetti Bolognese ($118) and even a Vegan Tuna Don ($128). Not a fan of mock meat? Go for the purely veggie options like a Figs Salad ($138), an innovative fusion dish like Vegan Peking Duck Pizza ($138), or a good old-fashioned Four Seasons Pizza ($168).
POP Vegan, 1/F, 28 Elgin Street, SoHo, Central | (+852) 2628 6211
VEDA expertly combines flavours of the East and West to create elevated plant-based takes on classic comfort food made for sharing. Where else can you get authentic Kathmandu Momos ($110) as an appetiser alongside a Black Truffle Kohlrabi Cream Pappardelle ($218) (that’s gluten-free!) and a “Misoy” Ramen ($148), then not one, but three cheesecake options to finish with? VEDA also offers a High Chai afternoon tea experience as well as traditional tiffin lunchboxes straight from India, in addition to being the first restaurant in Hong Kong serving a speciality all-Australian drinks menu. What’s not to love?
VEDA, 2 Arbuthnot Road, Central | (+852) 3755 3067
Veggie SF is a quirky, meat-free ode to 1950s American diners. If you love a good veggie burger, Veggie SF is the place to go. The “glamburger” options here are massive, each stacked so high you wonder how to tackle them (the answer is messily). Though styled eclectically after traditional Americana, Veggie SF also offers Asian noodle bowls and other fusion dishes, and the portions are definitely satisfying. Their I am Fabulous ($168) burger combines beetroot cashew nut lentil mushroom pâté with sundried tomato mayo, and heatseekers will love The Drama Queen ($158) with a crispy soy patty with a Korean spicy sauce.
Veggie SF, 10/F, 11 Stanley Street, Central | (+852) 3902 3902
For a holistic yet epicurean meal, head to Sakti Elixir Bar inside the beautiful Fivelements Habitat. The restaurant is open to public, and boasts an egg-, dairy-, and gluten-free menu designed by Chef Arnaud Hauchon, the Fivelements Culinary Curator. The rejuvenating menus offer all-day dining options of international flavours as well as specialising in seasonal ‘living’ teas that are sustainably produced and organically grown in harmony with nature.
Fivelements Sakti Elixir Bar, Fivelements Habitat, 13A/F, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay | (+852) 6803 5081
2DP may stand along one of the busiest foodie streets in TST, but it holds its own as an inventive vegetarian restaurant with a queue that seemingly never ends. The food here is super Instagrammable: their signature Local Pumpkin and Creamy Barley Risotto ($108) is served in a locally-grown farmer pumpkin and their impressive Vegan Chicken Satay ($39) is an original creation made completely without mock meat. Make sure to save room for dessert, as they have an incredible Honeydew Milk Kakigori ($108) on the menu.
2DP, G/F, The Lamma Tower, 12–12A Hau Fook Street, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3705 9590