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If you’ve got a passion for all things veg – or have a loved one with a similar inclination – look no further than this latest top 18 list of vegetarian/plant-based restaurants in Hong Kong.
1. Chi Lin Vegetarian
For a Zen experience, this peaceful Buddhist eatery nestled within the magnificent Tang Dynasty-style landscape 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.
Long Men Lou, Nan Lian Garden, 60 Fung Tak Road, Diamond Hill
Hours: Mon - Fri from 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Sat from 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
This Northern Chinese veggie joint’s dishes are completely MSG free, with a heavy reliance on mock meats (which explains the popularity of the restaurant’s sweet ‘n’ sour “pork”). We’ve enjoyed many of the healthy, guilt-free dishes on their extensive menu – most notably the Shanghainese cold noodles, tofu dumplings and beautifully presented cold appetiser platters.
10/F, World Trade Centre, 280 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay (with another branch in Tsim Sha Tsui)
Hours: 11:00am - 11:00 pm daily.
Peggy Chan, owner and founder of GP, has served amazing food to HK for over four years now. Her commitment to serving local and sustainable plant-based dishes is admirable, and her seasonal Asian-inspired menu is both creative and delicious. Grassroots Pantry also offers cooking and environmental workshops and a virtuous catering service. The vegan, gluten-free cinnamon rolls deserve a special thumbs up (anything with almond condensed milk does), in the same way the truffle pasta, deconstructed blueberry cheesecake and acai bowl do.
108 Hollywood Rd, Central
Hours: Mon - Sun from 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
$68 buffet say whaaaaat?! Ahimsa Buffet has been hugely popular since it opened its doors last month as the only affordable buffet-only vegetarian in Hong Kong. It serves meat-free, predominantly Asian dishes, at an astonishing price of $68 for 60 minutes during lunch hours and $108 for 90 minutes at night on weekdays and $128 on weekends. Their most popular dishes are dim sum items like Turnip cake and steamed bean curd rolls.
Shop B, G/F, Wah Hai Mansion, 10-16 Fort Street. North Point
Hours: Mon - Sun from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm & 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
We think India serves some of the tastiest vegetarian cuisine in the world, and Branto is an oldie-but-goodie representative of this country’s fine meat-free fare. The basic décor is nothing to write home about, but the food most certainly is. Unlike most of the dumbed-down Indian cuisine around town, Branto’s dishes are spicily authentic (and cheap as chips too). Highlights are the Bombay-style puri snacks utilising small rounds of deep-fried unleavened bread, dosas (thin, crispy rice-flour pancakes with various fillings) and thalis – a little bit of everything on a big metal plate.
1/F, 9 Lock Road, TST
Hours: Mon - Sun from11:00 am - 3:00 pm & 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
6. Sangeetha Vegetarian Restaurant
Heralding from Chennai, this chain seems to be everything but a chain. Although it has seen a worldwide fan base quickly adopt big flavours, the warm service comes as though from a tiny Bombay local. The East TST branch is owned by a family whose brother had tasted this very chain's food in Dubai and was craving a worthy alternative in Hong Kong. Our favourites are the flavoursome palak mushroom curry (spinach and mushrooms in delicious ways you did not think possible), the homemade Indian sweets (try the barfi) the paper dosa which rivals the HK - Macau in length.
UG 1-5 & 31, Wing On Plaza, 62 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Hours: Mon - Fri from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm & 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm, Sat - Sun from 8:30 am - 10:30 pm
This local vegetarian restaurant lives well up to its name: everything here is served raw based on the concept that raw food contains the most nutrition. With vegan and gluten-free options made with the freshest of ingredients, Greenwoods is a great choice for the health conscious who live on Kowloon side. Their lunch sets are affordably priced, beginning with their house speciality green smoothie and leading on to creative fruit and vegetable pairings that will dispel the notion that all healthy food tastes bad.
13/F, 2 Carnavon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Hours: Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Sat 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
If you’re looking to satisfy both your Asian and Western vegetarian cravings at one sitting, this delicate restaurant in Causeway Bay excels in many fields. They serve everything from Japanese handrolls to dim sum and linguine, plus an extensive selection of delectable desserts to finish. They're all executed very well too, thanks to a team of experienced chefs that include an executive chef who has worked over 20 years in the kitchen at Kung Tak Lam, a dim sum sous chef who spent over 15 years at Heichinrou in Japan, and a pastry chef who came from the talented pastry team at The Herbivores. They also offer vegan and egg-free options.
25/F, Jardine Center, 50 Jardine’s Bazaar, Causeway Bay
Hours: Mon - Sun 11:30 am – 4:30 pm, 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Being vegetarian and loving Japanese food isn't easy, but Isoya makes it just a little less hard with their fresh and nutritious no-meat fare. Isoya offers fixed-price lunch and dinner sets, the latter of which features a daily keiseki according to what the chef deems best for the day. This cute little resto is worth a try even for non-vegetarians who are just curious food adventurers.
9/F, 83 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai
Hours: Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm, 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
10. Thai Vegetarian Food - currently under renovation
Thai Vegetarian Food serves great vegetarian Thai food that is true to its roots, with traditional dishes such as spring rolls, curries, fried rice and glass noodle but with a plant-based spin. All these come at the amazingly low price range of $60 - $80.
G/F, 28 Nam Kok Road, Kowloon City
Hours: Mon - Sun 12 pm – 3 pm, 6 pm – 10 pm
11. Veggie Spinner
Located in the quiet neighbourhood of Tai Hang, Veggie Spinner is a small café serving up some of the freshest salads you'll ever get your hands on. Fresh juices, soups and wraps are also on offer for a quick and nutritious meal. The café is small and seats only around ten, making takeaway a popular choice among diners.
G/F, 144 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang
Hours: Mon - Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Enjoy veggie tapas alongside innovative cocktails at French-inspired bar Topiary. Topiary strives to bring to guests healthy bar snacks, very different from the greasy fare we often get with our drinks. Hidden on the third floor of Central's Hilltop Plaza, Topiary is a great hideout for vegetarians and veggie lovers alike.
3/F, Hilltop Plaza, 49-51 Hollywood Road, Central
Hours: Mon - Thu from 6:00 pm - 1:00 am, Fri - Sat from 6:00 pm to 2:00 am, Sun from 4:00 pm to 12:00 am
We consider this the top table of vegetarian dim sum. In a land of overly salty, strangely textured, nutrient lacking meat-substitutes, the refined lot at Lock Cha have reinvented this Sunday favourite in a way that stands aside and lets the vegetables shine. The philosophy surrounding tea has long been what made Lock Cha famous, and this diligent attention to detail has trickled down to all of their menu items.
G/F, The K.S. Lo Gallery, Hong Kong Park, Admiralty
Hours: Mon - Sun 10 am - 8 pm
Not the most inventive name on the block, Pure Veggie House is exactly what it is - a family-friendly restaurant serving only vegetarian food. Their signatures include the Pure Veggie House fried rice, stuffed hairy gourd and pan-friend abalone with pine nuts. Their organic delights are all proudly made without MSG and added spices, and produce is freshly cultivated from their ecological farm.
3/F, Coda Plaza, 51 Garden Road, Mid-levels
Hours: Mon - Sun 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
15. O Veg
Located on the other side of the city in rustic Yuen Long, O Veg is worth the trek for those with a passion for home grown, sustainably sourced food. Instead of following a menu, the owner prepares a simple 3-course menu based on the day's freshest harvest. They're open only on Fridays and weekends - the rest of the week devoted to farming on their 40,000 square feet farm just minutes away from the restaurant.
G/F, 53 Tai Kong Po, Kam Tin, Yuen Long
Hours: Fri - Sun 18:30 - 22:30
16. Saravanaa Bhavan
This South-Indian restaurant is a well-known gem within the vegetarian community. With more than 80 outlets around the world, this chain eatery is known for its insanely extensive menu that is consistent in quality and at a very reasonable price range. The new Hong Kong branch is certainly not left behind with over a hundred dishes on their menu, with the majority of their dishes falling below a hundred dollars. If you decide to pay a visit, be sure to order some of their dosas which are known to be among the best in the world.
4F, Ashley Centre, 23-25 Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Hours: Mon - Fri 11:30 am – 3 pm, 6 pm – 10:30 pm; Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
On a mission to promote food and lifestyles that inspire change and don't cost the earth, this organic and vegan cafe serves raw cold-pressed juices and smoothies, as well as a variety of vushis (vegan sushi), soups and salads. Everything is as nutritious as they are delicious, and the always-changing menu keeps regulars on their toes and coming back for more.
97 Wellington Street, Central
Hours: Mon - Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Green Monday's philosophy of 'Common Good, Common Sense' is starting to flourish in Hong Kong and as such they have now opened two grocery stores called Green Common. The second to open was in Nan Fung Tower, Central, which not only introduces the world’s first plant-based megastore but also a health and eco-lifestyle cafe. OVOCAFE serves fresh and tasty green eats to city inhabitants, not only to satisfy the needs of vegetarians, but also to reach out to those unfamiliar with green diet to encourage them to taste the beauty of sustainable living. In a pioneering move, it uses Beyond Meat on the menu which is dubbed to be "the future of protein". This 100% plant-based meat substitute carries the same amount of protein and nutrition value as real meat, purportedly without sacrificing its taste, chew or satisfaction.
G/F, Shop 1, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road, Central
Hours: Mon - Sun 11:30 am to 10 pm