The fast-paced lifestyle that Hong Kong induces can take its toll on one’s health. There are months where you will realise that you’ve had far more nights out, than you’ve had in, and your body will be craving healthy, organic and wholesome food. Eating healthy can mean different things to different people: for some, healthy means eating a more balanced diet and upping your intake of fruit and veg. To others, it means following a gluten-free, raw or vegan diet. To others still, it might mean simply cutting out sugar and substituting butter for olive oil. The good news is, more and more restaurants are catering to this need. So as more Hong Kongers embrace healthy eating, Foodie brings you our top list of healthy, guilt-free dining options in the city. In no particular order:
Prune Organic Deli and Workshop
It takes passion to make meat-free food this palatable to non-vegetarians, but both carnivores and herbivores alike love the food at Peggy Chan’s newest establishment, Prune Organic Deli and Workshop. With its fresh flowers, just-picked produce, chalkboard and mirrored menus and home-made granola and jams for sale, Prune has a lovely homely feel. Even if you’re not adhering to a special diet, we guarantee you’ll be bowled over by this eatery’s healthy, fresh and delicious flavours. Never has guilt-free dining been so good.
Mon – Fri: 7:30am–11:30am (breakfast); 11:30am–5:30pm (lunch); 3:00pm–5:30pm (afternoon tea)
Sat, Sun, Public Holidays: 8:30am–3:00pm (brunch); 3:00pm–5:30pm (afternoon tea)
14 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun, 2873 3353
Lovemi, eatmi, enjoymi, desiremi, bitemi, cravemi…no these aren’t our latest chat up lines, but rather the different types of dishes on offer at the Vietnamese noodle bar and a Foodie team favourite, Noodlemi. With its selection of MSG-free, wheat-free, and gluten-free Vietnamese dishes, this modernistic, no-nonsense Vietnamese eatery on Bonham Strand has become a popular haunt for Hong Kong’s increasingly health-conscious office crowd. With an upbeat and lively vibe and quick and assured service, you have the option of dining in or taking out.
Open Mon – Sat: 11.30am – 10pm. Sun 12pm – 9.30pm
G/F, 2 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, 2253 1113
One of our favourite spots in Wanchai, Maya Café, with its ever-charming white washed café and bright blue sign, features a vegetarian, vegan and raw food menu. Beyond the bright colours and glass doors lies a dainty indoor dining area and a small outdoor terrace. Having gained status for its fine vegetarian food with a Mediterranean twist the hearty dishes will leave you filled to the brim. The potato patties pack a punch and the baklava is the best kind of chewy. A definite favourite is the gluten-free spaghetti marinara with ‘meatless’ balls (the raw spaghetti is made with zucchini).
Open daily 9am – 11pm
G/F, 5 Moon Street, Wanchai, 2529 3319
MANA! Fast Slow Food
This healthy-food fave offers a menu with a wide range of organic and sustainable foods, while also exuding an inspirational ambience that turns people over to an eco-conscious-eating lifestyle. From the décor to their ethical use of packaging and cutlery, Mana! succeeds at serving food that doesn’t cost the earth and is environmentally sustainable. The menu features all kinds of flat breads (gluten-free options available of course), healthy salads, delicious soups and freshly squeezed health juices. They even offer a raw, vegan and gluten-free ice cream!
Open daily 10am – 10pm.
92 Wellington Street, Central, 2851 1611
Locofama is both an organic restaurant and grocery shop opened by chef and nutritionist Justin Chan. Its mission, according to Justin, is: “to provide convenient, delicious, fresh, clean, nutritious meals and a wide range of products at an affordable price.” He insists that healthy meals needn’t be bland or boring, and neither do they need to be strictly vegetarian. Hear, hear! The quaint little eatery is calm and casual – a lovely escape from the craziness of Central. Its rustic wooden tables and an open kitchen give it an airy, relaxed feel that complements the healthy menu. Don’t forget to poke your head into the grocery store next door to take home some of that goodness.
Open Mon – Sun: 12pm – 10pm
11 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun, 2547 7668
A lovely welcoming, kid-friendly café in Aberdeen that specialises in gluten-free and sugar-free food that is nutritious and delicious. With their gluten-free ethos and a tonne of care and attention gone into the menu of healthy baked goods, salads, sandwiches and other offerings, this is a great place for adults to get a bit of time to converse and enjoy a cuppa while their kids burn off their endless amounts of energy in the play zone.
Open Mon – Sun: 9am – 7pm
7/F, BT Centre, 23 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, 2677 7808
Founded by the people who brought Hong Kong Just Green, Lokali follows the same philosophy of offering great products, being authentic and making people happy. With their impressive gluten-free, raw, and vegan foods, they provide a great service for those with certain dietary and lifestyle choices. It is also a comfort for those who prefer their food 100% organic and hormone free. The impeccably modern design of Lokali, paired with the soft music and a great cup of Fair Trade organic coffee, has a warm and welcoming ambiance to it. It’s hard not to love this quaint organic cafe.
Open daily 10:30am – 8:30pm
82A Stone Nullah Lane, Wanchai, 2338 6032
The recipient of our Readers’ Choice award for Veritable Vegetarian in this year’s Foodie Forks, this charming organic café has a decidedly feminine touch. The menu includes Thai-and-Indian-inspired curries, raw Lebanese kofta, and a selection of gluten-free and vegan desserts (as guilt-free as you can get with desserts). Founder Peggy Chan’s commitment to serving local and sustainable plant-based dishes is admirable, and her seasonal menu is both creative and delicious. Grassroots Pantry also offers cooking and environmental workshops and a virtuous catering service.
Tues – Fri: 12pm – 3pm (lunch); 6pm – 10pm (dinner)
Saturday and Public Holidays: 12pm – 3pm (lunch); 3pm – 6pm (tea); 6pm – 10pm (dinner)
Sunday: 10am – 4pm (brunch)
Closed on Monday
12 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun, 2873 3353
This lovely, lived-in café is a hidden gem in the midst of the industrial hinterland of Ap Lei Chau. Nestled within the multi-functional space of toof [contemporary] art gallery, artichoke [canteen] ticks all the right boxes when it comes to chilling out. There’s a focus on global organic vegetarian cuisine at artichoke, but fish and meat eaters are also well catered to. We love the reclaimed-wood tabletops, patio-style chairs and coffee roasting machine taking centre stage in the dining area (tip: the Coffee & Tea Academy of HK and China’s coffee expert Barry Yuen is based at artichoke on weekends). Word on the street is that the spacious outdoor terrace provides one of the best vantage points for all those sunset seekers out there. Check out our full review here.
Open Wed – Sun: 11am – 11pm
3/F, Harbour Industrial Centre, 10 Lee Hing Street, Ap Lei Chau, 2580 0293 / 9684 9964
Chi Lin Vegetarian
For a Zen experience, this peaceful Buddhist eatery nestled within the magnificent Tang Dynasty-style landscaped gardens of Nan Lian is our favourite escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The décor of this vegetarian restaurant, which is managed by Chi Lin Nunnery, may be simple compared to its surroundings, but the kitchen serves up pristine meat-free Chinese dishes. You can even opt for a sumptuous vegetarian banquet, complete with calming views of the cascading waterfall outside.
Mon – Fri: 12pm – 9pm; Sat – Sun:11:30am – 9pm
60 Fung Tak Road, Diamond Hill, 3658 9388
If you missed our “Gloriously Gluten-free” issue, click here to read it online.