Hong Kong’s best vegetarian and vegan restaurants
Tucked away inside an unassuming industrial building sits a large vegetarian-friendly restaurant furnished with chic wooden tables and a terrace that looks out over Ap Lei Chau. With a strong focus on vegetarian and gluten-free cuisine, this spot allows you to enjoy clean-eating with dishes like quinoa salad with artichoke, sweet potato and yam wedges, and the restaurant’s signature 12-inch wood oven artisan pizzas featuring toppings such as artichokes and mushrooms. Even the desserts are veggie-based. But if you’ve been hankering for some meat, the canteen does a mean rib-eye steak too.
Sourcing unprocessed, organic and sustainable produce to create innovative and healthy meals bursting with flavour, Grassroots Pantry combines great food with a relaxed environment. A modern, sleek design is made more inviting by a wall of leafy green plants, reminding us to be thankful for the bounty of nature. With a key that includes BF for Buddhist-friendly and R for raw dishes, they try to cater to everyone and the menu is almost entirely vegan. The fried ‘chicken’ is a must-try – you won’t believe that it’s actually made from hedgehog mushroom. The perfect diet-conscious brunch and dinner spot.
Greenwoods Raw Café does exactly what it says on the tin. None of the food here is heated above 41 degrees which, it claims, helps to preserve beneficial enzymes. It uses local, organic produce as much as possible, and the menu is entirely vegan-friendly. It’s a tough ask to produce tasty food without actually cooking it but Greenwoods pulls it off with innovative dishes like raw lasagne and courgette noodles. The café is open for lunch during the week and lunch and dinner on Saturdays.
Wan Chai’s Happy Veggies serves up simple, well put together vegetarian fare in the manner of a local canteen. Popular dishes include its mapo tofu ($60) stir-fried with peppers and mushrooms in a chilli sauce, and the assorted vegetable hotpot ($82) with braised rice vermicelli and mushrooms in spicy fermented bean paste. The owners are virtuous veggies: the business is a not-for-profit social enterprise, which actively recruits staff from the deaf community who are extremely helpful and friendly.
Impossible’s plant-based meats has taken Hong Kong by storm, offering a tasty alternative to beef that’s far more environmentally friendly. Impossible's most popular items are its burger patties, and Hongkongers can enjoy them at tons of restaurants around the city including Little Bao, Cali-Mex, Beef & Liberty and The Peninsula, each offering their own twist and flavours to the ’meat’. Guilt-free and delicious.
Only a brave person would open a vegetarian Japanese restaurant in Hong Kong. The guys at Isoya have and it’s a winner, with clean, calm surroundings and friendly service. You won’t miss the fish one bit thanks to the cucumber seaweed rolls and tamago (Japanese omelette). The chefs make the bean curd in-house as well. You can pay around $300 for a seasonal tasting set dinner or simply stick with your favourite veggie sushi and tempura.
A very dependable veggie Indian, Khana Khazana makes no apologies for leaving meat off the menu. While the food isn’t groundbreaking – think lots of spinach and cottage cheese curries and vegetable samosas – it certainly is authentic and cooked with care. When available, try the tandoori cauliflower – the oft-maligned brassica is spiced and roasted to perfection.
Popular healthy grocery store Green Common’s concept restaurant serves up an array of healthy and vegan items. Pick from a menu filled to the brim with innovative plant-based ingredients on the market, including Just Scramble’s egg alternative and the meat-free Omnipork. Expect these to be transformed into delicious dishes, ranging from a seasonal vegetable ramen in soymilk to an Omnipork bánh mì. Another plus? Kind Kitchen offers a kids’ menu with plant-based mac ’n’ cheese and spaghetti bolognese. Getting the tots to eat healthy just got a whole lot easier.
‘Lock’ means happiness, enjoyment and fortune and we think Lock Cha fulfils the first two of these promises. Situated in the beautiful green retreat that is Hong Kong Park, the spot provides a calming atmosphere all Hongkongers can appreciate. With its fantastic vegetarian dim sum, like veggie dumplings and fried beancurd cake, as well as an extensive range of teas to choose from – Oolong, green tea, white tea, you name it – Lock Cha is the perfect place to grab a vegan-friendly bite and relax.
Proudly serving food made with ingredients sourced from local farms that are free of pesticides and chemicals, Locofama caters to all kinds of dietary needs, including vegan, dairy-free, nut-free and pescetarian. The kale salad, cauliflower risotto, spicy sesame noodles are among the popular orders. You can even swap out the pasta for a gluten- and carb-free alternative (zoodles, anyone?). Either way, you can still enjoy brilliant flavours with fewer calories.