Plant-based dining has grabbed the F&B headlines in recent years, with more and more restaurants turning their attention to vegan and vegetarian customers – both for these diners’ dietary requirements as well as the need to look after our planet.

From casual burgers to fine-dining Chinese, here’s where to find the most delicious meatless eats in Hong Kong.

The 8 best vegetarian restaurants in Hong Kong

TREEHOUSE

TREEHOUSE

This is the Kong’s favourite plant-based dining chain, expanding recently with two new branches (AIRSIDE and Chungking Mansions) – taking the total to five shops for this eco-conscious pioneer. Fast-casual TREEHOUSE takes a completely holistic approach, even down to their use of lead-free eco-cement, reclaimed wood, and recycled plastic furniture in their shops. Diners have fallen head over heels for the brand’s sourdough flatbread wraps, mixed grain and salad bowls, raw and vegan desserts, and more dishes inspired by founder Christian Mongendre’s travels, all of which also appeal to non-vegetarians.

TREEHOUSE, multiple locations across Hong Kong


YUAN

YUAN

Opened last autumn, YUAN by LUBUDS F&B group is said to be Hong Kong’s first fine-dining vegetarian Chinese restaurant. Executive chef Ronald Shao and head chef Law Chak Kei take diners on a plant-based (and allium-free) contemporary Chinese dining journey, innovating traditional Chinese dishes with Western haute-cuisine influences. The artful 12-course vegetarian tasting menu (HKD1,280 pp) – there’s a vegan option available too – is the pinnacle of vegetarian dining.

YUAN, Shop 2, G/F, Chinachem Hollywood Centre, 1–13 Hollywood Road, Central, 2728 7278, WhatsApp 9727 2151, book here


WOW Burger

WOW Burger

At BaseHall, catering to Central lunch munchers, plant-based burger wonder WOW Burger serves up tasty homemade veg burger patties (from HKD68) that are each packed with over 20g of plant-powered protein. We also rate the WOW Spicy Chick’n (HKD88), crinkle-cut fries with old-school shaker spice packs (from HKD35), and dairy-free milkshakes (HKD60), which are crafted with the brand’s own vegan ice cream and oat milk. Besides burgers and fries, the menu presents globally inspired grub the likes of Japanese katsu curry (HKD98) and a Mediterranean bowl (HKD98).

WOW Burger, BaseHall 01, LG/F, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central, 9160 0711

March 2024 update: WOW Burger is temporarily closed for relocation to a new spot on HK Island – watch this space!


Veggie Kingdom

Veggie Kingdom

Hidden-gem Veggie Kingdom in Tsim Sha Tsui is our pick for the best vegetarian dim sum dishes around. What we love about this Cantonese eatery is that everything is homemade and 100% natural, with no plant-based meats used. The textures in particular are absolutely spot on. Alongside knockout yum cha, highlights of Veggie Kingdom’s menu include the honey-coated BBQ “pork” (HKD118), showcasing wheat gluten marinated in a house-blend vegan char siu sauce that’s smoked with a blend of oolong and pu’er tea leaves, and “fish” fillet in sour Sichuan soup (HKD238), with thinly sliced oyster mushroom mimicking the texture of fish.

Veggie Kingdom, 7/F, VIP Commercial Centre, 120 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2366 0336/2366 3233


Kailash Parbat

Kailash Parbat
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India offers arguably some of the best meat-free dishes of any cuisine anywhere in the world; it’s colourful, varied, and bursting with flavour. At the HK outpost of Kailash Parbat, which has a history dating back to the 1940s, when it was first opened in Karachi, Pakistan, by the Mulchandani brothers, the menu reads like a bible of vegetarian Indian cuisine. For that reason, we strongly suggest going in a group so that you can try as many of the generously portioned dishes as possible. We adore the Bombay bhel puri (HKD75), pav bhaji (HKD95), chole bhatura (HKD105), and paneer tikka lababdar (HKD119). Kailash Parbat also provides fully vegan and Jain menus.

Kailash Parbat, Shop 302, 3/F, Multifield Plaza, 3–7A Prat Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3428 5545, WhatsApp 5379 0130, book here


Isoya Japanese Vegetarian Restaurant

Isoya
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We enjoy Isoya not only for its delightful vegetarian Japanese food, but also for its peaceful, zen-like atmosphere. In general, Japan is not the easiest place for a vegetarian to dine well, being extremely fond of grilled meat and raw fish, so Isoya – run by the same team behind non-veg Ishiyama in Causeway Bay – is all the more welcome. The flavours are authentic, clean, and soothing, with the set lunch menu (from HKD98 pp) being particularly recommended; it includes three small starters/sides, a main, and dessert. Even the season-driven dinner omakase (from HKD300 pp) won’t break the bank.

Isoya Japanese Vegetarian Restaurant, 9/F, 83 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, 5500 8812


Thai Vegetarian Food

Thai Vegetarian Food
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Those in the Hong Kong know are well aware that Kowloon City is where it’s at when it comes to authentic Thai food, and Thai Vegetarian Cuisine is tops in that ’hood. The tom yum soup, red and green curries, and som tum (green papaya salad) are highly endorsed for the classic sweet, spicy, and sour flavours for which Thai cuisine is known. Diners can order small portions of the main courses (priced at under HKD70) for a mix-and-match Thai feast.

Thai Vegetarian Food, 28 Nam Kok Road, Kowloon City, 6153 7421


JAJA

JAJA
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Housed within Hong Kong Arts Centre, Mira Dining’s JAJA aims to put the “fun” in vegetarian dining, offering a colourful (heavy on the pink) and eye-catching interior matched by an equally vibrant East-meets-West menu. A standout is this stunning Living Maki Platter (HKD178/6pcs; HKD328/12pcs), featuring spicy jackfruit roll, eggplant teriyaki roll, and enoki spider roll. The Soup-er Wontons (HKD138), served with a mala tahini sauce, and one-metre-long red curry pizza (HKD468) are worthy savoury contenders. Stealing the dessert show is the Sweet Tooth Ferris Wheel (HKD218), where custard, rose cream, and chocolate-cream doughnuts go for spin.

JAJA, 6/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, 2877 3999, WhatsApp 6698 6194book here

Stephanie Pliakas is the Digital Editor of Foodie. From Michelin-starred fine-dining to the local comfort-food eats dished out at cha chaan tengs, she has immersed herself in the 852’s ever-changing food scene since making Hong Kong her home more than a decade ago. When Stephanie is not devouring something delicious, she’s cooking and baking up a storm at home (whilst listening to true crime podcasts).

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