Hong Kong has a vibrant food scene known for its rich and sumptuous siu mei, an array of barbecue meats, dim sums, pineapple buns, milk tea and more. Whilst these local specialities are certainly flavourful in taste, there are alternatives for the health-conscious diners across the city seeking a delicious yet healthy meal. From traditional Buddhist-style vegetarian restaurants to organic cafes, make plans to visit these 6 healthy restaurants in Hong Kong.
1. Dandy’s Organic Cafe – Sheung Wan
A cafe nestled in the narrow lanes of Sheung Wan, the Dandy’s Organic Cafe is a haven for seekers of healthy fare. Their open kitchen allows guests to peek in and see how the food is prepared, whilst their menu lists out all the ingredients and nutritional information. Whether you are counting calories or need gluten-free or keto-friendly meals, this information is readily accessible on their menu. They even recommend dishes based on your blood type, where it’s believed that certain foods react chemically with the specific blood types, helping your body to digest the suitable food more efficiently.
Serving up hearty portions, their dinner set includes their daily soup and a main dish such as New Zealand Rib Eye Steak. Their vegan warm salad, and chicken and avocado salad are also crowd favourites. Be sure to also grab their detox juices made from superfood ingredients with a choice of anti-ageing, liver flush, and healthy heart and lungs.
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2. Chi Lin Vegetarian – Diamond Hill
Hidden behind a waterfall in the serene Nan Lian Garden in Diamond Hill, Chi Lin Vegetarian is run by a nunnery of its own namesake. The Chi Lin Nunnery was founded in 1934 but the restaurant was opened in the early 2000s, along with the Tang-style Nan Lian Garden. It is a traditional Buddhist vegetarian restaurant with a modern fusion menu, where diners can relax with a view of the green and zen garden peeking from the cascading water. Booking in advance is encouraged during weekends and public holidays.
Chi Lin Vegetarian Nunnery has an extensive menu that covers dim sum, rice and noodle dishes, and vegetarian versions of typical Chinese side dishes. Some of their popular dishes include braised bean curd patty filled with enoki mushroom and broccoli, as well as the vegetarian version of sweet and sour pork with wheat gluten. For a more contemporary dish, try their braised flat noodles with mushrooms in creamy truffle sauce.
Note: There is a minimum spend of 120 HKD per person.
3. Fivelements Habitat – Causeway Bay
Fivelements Habitat in Causeway Bay is renowned for its yoga classes and spa treatments, however, they also offer a plant-based luxurious dining experience. Sitting at the top of Times Square, their restaurant Fivelements Sakti Elixir is based on their award-winning Sakti Dining Room in Ubud, Bali. The dining area is spacious with plenty of natural light, luxurious sofas, and wide tables.
With plant-based Chef Arnaud Hauchon at the helm, Fivelements Sakti Elixir sources only organic produce and ingredients from local farmers in Hong Kong. Their philosophy is to create dishes that would re-connect, inspire, and heal their guests. Aside from farm-to-table organic food, the menu is seasonal, homemade with care and attention, and gentle cooking technique. They have a Farmers Market set for all meals of the day, including afternoon tea as well. Besides choosing a-la-carte, diners can select between a 2-course or 3-course set, with the 3-course consisting of a salad, main, dessert, and a drink. As their menu changes seasonally they incorporate both Asian and Western-style cuisine, from risottos, polenta to even laksa.
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4. Veggie SF – Central
With its ‘50s American diner aesthetic, Veggie SF is an eatery serving up MSG-free vegan and vegetarian food. Their kitschy interior features walls of different colours, covered by signs, cabinets, and memorabilia from the 50s. Combined with checkered tablecloths, vinyl seats, and laminated menus, diners are transported to a different era.
Despite its American-inspired interior, the menu features both American-style burgers and Asian fare, with colour-coded nut-free and gluten-free options. Some crowd-pleasers are the ‘I am Fabulous Burger’ with beetroot, cashew nut, lentil, mushroom pate with sundried tomato mayo. And their Laksa Cha Cha Cha, the signature Singaporean dish in rice form with cashew nuts and assorted veggies is also highly recommended.
Note: The restaurant accepts cash only and there is a minimum spend of HKD150 per person. Be sure to make a trip there soon, as the iconic VeggieSF will be ending its 11 years of service in Autumn 2021.
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5. MANA! Fast Slow Food – SoHo and Wan Chai
MANA! has two outlets on Hong Kong Island, one on SoHo in Central and the other on Star Street in Wan Chai. Their catchy mantra is ‘Diet Change not Climate Change’, and their philosophy is to provide food for those who have dietary restrictions, whilst ensuring that the food is environmentally sourced, without compromising on taste or flavour. Sleek in design, MANA! Fast Slow Food’s two eateries feature a minimalist wood and industrial style aesthetic.
One of their offerings is oven-baked flatbreads with a choice of 40 different toppings, as well as 9 ready-to-order options like the Falafel, Mana!ste, and basic. Their burgers can be filled with a vegetarian protein of your choice, from beans, tofu, falafel, or mixed lentil patty, paired on the side with salad and a mezze box with various dips. For those looking to wet their whistle, patrons can choose from MANA!’s ‘Sun’, ‘Earth’, and ‘Green’ juices, MANA! Lemonade, organic Kombucha, and a variety of sake. To sip on something warm, their signature V-coffees are also popular choices, made from organic roasted beans or teeccinos, a caffeine-free herbal coffee.
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6. Asaya Kitchen – Tsim Sha Tsui
Asaya Kitchen is a Mediterranean and Japanese-inspired pescatarian restaurant in Rosewood Hotel dedicated to wholesome healthy eating. Providing a delicious range of food that seeks to nourish their diners, their seafood is sustainably sourced, seasonal, and is paired with local produce in a farm-to-table concept.
The decor is vibrant, spacious, and designed as a social space for guests to feel at home in an expansive home kitchen, with stunning views looking out to the infinity pool and harbour. Their cooking techniques are focused on preserving the natural nutrients of their ingredients, plating up delicious, nourishing fare.
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