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If you have even a passing interest in the health food world, then you’re probably already familiar with the term “ketogenic diet” (or keto diet). For the uninitiated, the keto diet is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet that aims to send your body into the metabolic state of ketosis, wherein fat becomes the main source of energy. Over recent years, the diet has been widely adopted by scores of fitness enthusiasts and dieters, who have benefited from its effectiveness in promoting weight loss, lowering blood sugar levels, and improving a host of health conditions.
Whether you’re new to the keto diet, or have followed it for a while, trying to stay on track when dining out is never easy. Luckily, more and more restaurants in Hong Kong have been providing keto-friendly options so you don’t have to bail on your diet or social plans—and contrary to popular assumptions, there’s more out there than just steak and vegetables! Here are our top picks for keto-friendly restaurants in Hong Kong.
The keto menu at this hipster upstairs eatery is anything but a last-minute afterthought. Crafted with great care and time, Good Boy’s keto-friendly options easily hold their own against the regular menu items! Meat lovers will be immediately drawn to the slow-cooked New Zealand prime ribeye steak ($219) or Japanese Iwashou chicken breasts with avocado and garden salad ($169), but don’t overlook their more thoughtful creations either. The stir-fried Dutch pork belly with cauliflower rice ($199) will make it easy to quash those carb cravings, and the jumbo keto all-day breakfast ($239) gives its toast and hash brown-laden counterpart a good run for their money, featuring baked cauliflower with bacon and cheese, ribeye steak, fried duck breaks, black truffle scrambled eggs, portobello mushroom, avocado, and fried kale, and salad!
Good Boy, Room 201, 2/F, Sunwise Building, 112-114 Wellington Street, Central | (+852) 5608 2522
Exuding Zen-like serenity with homely wooden floorboards, brass singing bowls, and rustic, tree trunk-turned furnishing, Vibes the Place offers a cosy escape from the intense city life and an opportunity to re-centre yourself with nourishing eats and calming vibes.
Carve out an hour or two from your busy week to savour a hearty, keto-friendly (and vegan) all-day breakfast ($118), consisting of keto focaccia bread, chia seed “caviar,” almond ricotta, vegan goat cheese, seasonal fruits, and ginger orange juice. For dessert, the creamy chia seed pudding ($30) with coconut milk and mixed berries will surely soothe your sweet tooth into submission!
Vibes the Place, G/F, 112 First Street, Sai Ying Pun | (+852) 5223 2112
Normally, the mention of burgers would send anyone on a keto diet running in the opposite direction; but Nomad Burger makes it so that their burgers can have a place in any dietary lifestyle—be it keto, vegetarian, or vegan. Adopting a build-your-own approach and boasting a solid range of ingredients, they offer endless options for you to customise your order exactly how you like it!
Start with a keto bun, and choose from hearty patty options (starting from $46) like angus beef, chicken thigh, and portobello; followed by decadent toppings including mashed avocado ($12), bacon ($5), caramelised onions ($5), cheese ($5), and fresh veggies. Rest assured that they haven’t forgotten about the dressing—and neither should you! For the final step, add on a smear of creamy keto mayo ($10) to pull it all together!
This moody, vintage-chic restaurant bar is like a godsend for low-carb dieters missing their starches. With keto-friendly alternatives for bread, pasta, and even fries, you can still enjoy your favourite high-carb foods without throwing your whole diet off track! From appetisers and mains to dessert, The Wall Street Bar & Lounge has you covered.
Whether you’re on diet or not, the keto fries with black truffle mayonnaise ($98) will not disappoint, delivering satisfying crispiness and delicious flavour using almond and coconut flour instead of potatoes! Equally worth a spot on your table are the Provencal salmon with zucchini pasta ($218), roasted lamb chop with pistachio presto ($278), and marinated mixed berries with vanilla mascarpone ice cream ($88). If you’re really looking to up the ante, opt for a keto old fashion ($158) or keto mojito ($118) to pair with your feast!
The Wall Street Bar & Lounge, 1/F, MW Plaza, 40 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2389 6018
Eschewing rice altogether and centring their menu around a healthy, low-carb “rice” made of cauliflower, king oyster mushroom, and quinoa. Not Rice Kafe is practically custom-calibrated for the keto diet. Step inside the charming French blue storefront and you’ll find a short yet tasteful range of “rice” bowls on offer for surprisingly affordable prices.
The menu draws inspiration from Japanese don bowls, with options like beef with hot spring egg ($68), curry crispy spam and sunny-side-up egg ($68), and hormone-free chicken and egg ($68). Keep an eye out for limited-time offerings like the unagi and egg cauliflower rice ($88) as well!
Not Rice Kafe, Shop C, G/F, Greenland Court, 88 Ma Tau Wai Road, Hung Hom
When it comes to food variety, few coffee shops can compete with Heart Coffee. The keto menu at this minimalist, pet-friendly café in Jordan is packed with a high-fat, low-carb breakfast plates, hearty mains, muffins, cakes, and even lattes! Taste your way around the world with a wide selection of mains like Indian spice butter chicken ($120), Mexican spicy chicken chop ($120), and Thai basil stir-fried minced pork ($120); or treat yourself to an afternoon pick-me-up with a keto basque burnt cheesecake ($59) paired with a keto green tea cream latte ($50). We’d argue that the rich and creamy beverage rivals its conventional counterpart!
Heart Coffee, G/F, 285 Temple Street, Jordan | (+852) 2668 3588
Plant-based restaurant Years—along with its sister offshoots The Park, Friends, and BE—are known havens for vegetarians and vegans in the city, but did you know that they have also quietly built up a loyal fanbase among keto dieters? Each of the branches flaunts its own exclusive keto options—the Years offers a hearty buddha bowl ($88), Friends serves up a veggie-packed zoodle salad ($88), while The Park by Years whips up a stellar Japanese okonomiyaki ($148), complete with teriyaki oyster mushrooms, avocado puree, and a homemade okonomiyaki sauce! No matter what you settle on, you are sure to leave feeling nourished and satisfied!