Whether you're a vegetarian, vegan, or are just wanting to eat healthy for a change (which can prove to be difficult when living in Hong Kong), then you should head over to Maya Cafe Mediterranean Lifestyle on Moon Street in Wan Chai. The interior is welcoming and has outdoor seating in the back if you're there on a not-too-hot, but not-too-cold day. The menu offers a uniquely wide selection of items that will please any palette.
The restaurant gives off an inviting and homey vibe; it almost feels as though you're stepping into a private kitchen. Except not the typical fancy private kitchens you'll find in HK where they charge you $800 per head for a five course meal that will likely fail to satisfy your hunger. But, moving on.
Though it may not look like there is much seating when you first peer into the narrow restaurant, there is an outdoor terrace at the book that can accommodate a handful of diners as well.
Normally, I'm not a huge fan of small, compact restaurants, but when we went there were hardly any people inside the restaurant so it did not feel as cramped as it might have if it had been full of customers.
The waiter was also extremely attentive and friendly, which is often, unfortunately, difficult to come by here.
Maya Cafe offers a fairly extensive menu given that it's a vegetarian restaurant. We ordered the Slow Cooked Vegetable Stew ($132 HKD) and the Ratatouille ($162 HKD).
The stew didn't exactly look the greatest when it came out, but don't let its looks fool you - this dish was absolutely delicious. It was fresh and hearty - a solid winner!
The Ratatouille was packed with a variety of vegetables and had baked cheese and spices on top. Prior to eating here, I had never tried Ratatouille and had only heard of the name because of that Disney movie that came out a few years back with the same title. I loved every bite of this dish.
I would recommend Maya Cafe Mediterranean Lifestyle restaurant to anyone who likes vegetarian/organic/gluten free dishes. However, the price point is quite high for a smaller vegetarian cafe. Though I suppose eating out in Hong Kong is never really cheap, unless you're heading to a local cha chan tang for some macaroni and spam soup.