Cheungs Building, 1-3 Wing Lok St; 2320 5808
What: Kale. Mmm, kale. This leafy veg has the highest level of antioxidants among all vegetables, making it a little like the SWAT of the salad world. This was the very thinking that got Kale, a new cafe on Wing Lok St in Central/Sheung Wan started.
Hero and co-owners have a deep love of Kale and the benefits it bestows to the human race. They founded their cafe, named aptly after their primary ingredient, in an attempt to teach people about the value whilst also offering delicious fare for the busy Hong Konger.
Eating: Located on the upper floors of Cheung's Building, this little eatery is ideal for a lunch date or when you are in the mood for excessive health. We tried their taro and sweet potato chips (yum) which goes for a reasonable $35.
Had some overly sippable juices: like the virgin sangria ($38) made from beetroots, apples, oranges, lemon and lime, and the kail ($38): kale, mint, cucumber and apple.
The sliders ($38 for one) are most decent, especially the vegetarian iterations such as the felafel. Even more so with the gluten free bread by Choice, which is some of the best gluten free bread we have had in this city. We were not quite as fond of the meat sliders, in which the oil they had been cooked in was too low quality and drenched the meat. These would be good in the set, which includes two sliders and a salad ($98) or two sliders and fries ($88).
The salad was a star! They have weekly specials that change according to what's fresh and inspiring the chef. We were there we tried a lush chickpea and tofu in a wasabi and apple cider dressing, kale salad, beetroot and okra salads, with a nice dollop of their famed avocado hummus ($25). They were all outstanding and we would gladly visit again to grab this for lunch or a light dinner. A box of this nutritious sustenance will cost you $48 for a 250g box, an steller price point.
Overall: We love the vision of Kale and that they are bringing this free-radical fighting leaf to the forefront of the Hong Kong consciousness. Huge props to the salad and the inventive drinks. A little hard to find, but a gem in central Hong Kong. Long live the cruciferous kale king.