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The best healthy restaurants in Hong Kong

Clean eating doesn't mean you have to miss out on good food

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Fontaine Cheng
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Maybe it was the festive season that lured you into overindulgence or perhaps it was last Friday night's craving for a cheeky slice of pizza, either way, there's no judgement here, we ordered ours with doughnuts too! Still, there's nothing quite like the new year to help kick you into healthy eating action. Luckily, Hong Kong has a great number of restaurants, from the plant-based and vegetable-forward to those that focus on local and sustainable options, and then there are the not-so-healthy eateries that have also chosen to provide nutritious offerings. Ahead is our list of the top ten to help you keep you clean, green, and balanced in 2021.

RECOMMENDED: If healthy eating isn't your bag, try these healthy tonics and drinks or go for refreshing cold-press juice instead.

Hong Kong's best healthy restaurants

  • Restaurants
  • Vegetarian
  • Central

Proving that plant-based eating is anything but boring, Veda plates up vibrant, flavour-forward creations that will taste as good as it is good for you. Think refreshing watermelon salads, momo dumplings filled with spinach and ricotta and served with tangy tomato chutney, spiced mushroom curry and aloo gobi. The restaurant also offers an artisanal list of coffees, wines, and cocktails to go with its green menu. They open for breakfast too, so you can start the day right. 

  • Restaurants
  • Vegan
  • Wan Chai

Mana!, torchbearers of the ‘fast-slow food’ movement, is a plant-based, zero-waste specialist in Hong Kong that offers a wealth of food options that are healthy, but also sustainable, served in biodegradable, plant-based packaging. Enjoy grazing on rainbow yams and dip, and a mezze box of olives, pickled peppers and crisps with hummus and baba ghanouj, or tuck into a fresh and vibrant salad for lunch, or simply go for break with a homemade vegan Killa cookie followed by a fair-trade coffee with coconut oil and oat milk.

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  • Restaurants
  • Sai Ying Pun

The food at Locofama is made with organic produce from local farms, allowing the restaurant to hit both healthy eating and sustainability marks easily. The menu offers options for all kinds of diets and diners, from vegan, dairy-free, nut-free, and pescetarian dishes, to gluten-free pasta options that are suitable for the paleo diet, and an assortment of carb-free options too. Highlights include the Cajun tiger prawn with roasted veggies and cumin chickpeas bowl, coconut organic chicken with cauliflower and quinoa, pan-fried wild-caught salmon, and much more.

  • Restaurants
  • Hawaiian
  • Central

Centred around the traditional Hawaiian dish of poke, which generally consists of raw fish that’s been cut into cubes and then marinated in a whole host of sauces and flavours, Pololi opened in 2014 and has offered exactly that to the people of Hong Kong since. All you have to do is choose from rice, salad or a half-and-half base, and then order the protein which ranges from tuna to salmon and even tofu. The sauces rotate but, popular poke bowl choices include the traditional spicy and wasabi mayo.

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  • Restaurants
  • Vegetarian
  • Sheung Wan

Miss Lee is a Chinese restaurant offering a playful menu featuring vegan, dairy-free, and egg-free dishes for vegetarians, vegans, and flexitarians alike. Their menu is varied, so you can enjoy dishes such as the Smoky Quartz skewers – made of king mushroom, shiitake and asparagus, Golden Flowers with cauliflower and braised mushroom glazed in salted egg yolk, and a hearty vegetable stew served with brown rice wrapped inside a lotus leaf. Miss Lee also has a takeaway counter which offers grab-and-go options along with handcrafted smoothies.

  • Restaurants
  • Central

Treehouse is a plant-based restaurant built on the premise that dining should be sustainable, ethical, modern, and fast. This fast-casual venue serves up fresh food in an eco-friendly and thoughtfully constructed space. They also offer gluten-free and raw items, and can even cater to a variety of allergies. The unprocessed menu features bowls, wraps, burgers, and salads, that can be washed down with your choice of cold-pressed juices, cold brew coffee, smoothies, kombucha, wine, and craft beer.

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  • Restaurants
  • Sheung Wan

Green Monday's Kind Kitchen is a restaurant and grocery store that focuses on consuming what is good for you. The vegan menu features some of the most innovative plant-based ingredients on the market, including Just Scramble’s egg alternative and the meat-free Omnipork. In the kitchen, these are all transformed into dishes ranging from vegetable ramen in soymilk to Omnipork bánh mì and tan tan noodles. Plus, Kind Kitchen offers a kids’ menu with items including plant-based mac n’ cheese and spaghetti bolognese, so you can get the tots to eat healthily too.

  • Restaurants
  • Sheung Wan

This healthy fast food joint serves up a range of tasty treats, with options suitable for vegetarians too. The menu offers items including protein-rich baked tofu or chicken with oolong tea soba, a variety of wraps and salads with chicken, halibut, eggplant and tofu, as well as a range of other superfood snacks, desserts, smoothies, and juices too.

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  • Restaurants
  • Vegan
  • Sheung Wan

Offering freshly-made sandwiches and salads in Sheung Wan, Knead is the perfect place to grab something healthy while you're on the go. You can build your own sandwich with various bread, including a gluten-free option, be it toasted or not, and have it with your choice of spread and toppings. Similarly, salads can be built with different greens and pulses for a base, dressings, and of course, a whole host of nutritious and tasty toppings.

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