Hong Kong may be a foodie paradise, but restaurants serving nutritious, healthy fare aren’t exactly in abundace. If you’re looking for a guilt-free, wholesome meal, the following restaurants will show you that eating healthy can be delicious, too. Here are our top 7 healthy eateries in Hong Kong.
Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Grassroots Pantry focuses on serving innovative vegetarian cuisine using sustainable and organic ingredients. The airy, minimalist space on Hollywood Road has a charmingly rustic vibe. The menu caters to all sorts of diets, including raw, vegan, gluten-free and Buddhist options. Some of their most tempting choices include the lemon chia seed pancakes, vegetarian lotus root ‘meatballs,’ and a kelp stay noodle salad. In addition, they serve some deliciously creative cocktails using ingredients such as lemongrass tea, chrysanthemum syrup and beetroot juice.
Touted as one of the best options for vegetarians in Hong Kong, Veggie SF’s decor carries a charming and colorful 1950s San Francisco theme, complete with quirky antiques and souvenirs. Their extensive menu includes a range of burgers, pastas, noodles, fresh juices and all-day breakfast options. Highlights include the Singaporean-style laksa and sushi rice with fried veggies, as well as the garlicky potato wedges, which are perfect for sharing.
Located in Sai Ying Pun, Locofama is a health-conscious, affordable eatery that ingredients sourced from local, organic farms. With its simple, rustic decor, pale wood tables and open kitchen, this is the perfect spot for a lowkey dinner with close friends. Highlights include their snow crab sesame oolong soba and organic cooked chicken.
Enjoy a lighter, meat-free version of Hong Kong’s famous dim sum at LockCha Tea House. Patrons love the restaurant’s serene atmosphere, old-fashioned wooden screens and staff dressed in traditional Chinese clothing. The menu includes delicious fried mushroom dumplings, custard buns and fried turnip cakes. In addition, they offer over a hundred different Chinese teas of the finest quality.
This incredibly cool eatery is located in industrial building in Wong Chuk Hang (not far from Ocean Park). The interior features exposed brick walls, marbled counters and lots of natural lighting. The menu consists of nutritious Mediterranean style salads, ultra thin-crust pizza, in-house roasted coffee, as well as fresh soups and salads. This spot also makes for a great weekend brunch joint, featuring tasty goodies like lemon scented pancakes and French toast with avocado.
HOME - Eat To Live, Central | Courtesy of HOME - Eat to Live
The immensely popular HOME – Eat to Live is located in a two-storey space on the convenient Des Voeux Road. This casual restaurant is known for its plant-based menu filled with vegan, gluten-free and raw options, but receives praise from veggies and meat-eaters alike for their fresh and filling flatbreads, burgers and salad bowls. The interior consists of warm wood furniture and plenty of lush plants and greenery, with a range of seating for different sized groups – including community tables, bar seating by the window, and cushioned little nooks for intimate groups of two.
Local eatery Mana! is founded on the principles of the slow food movement taking root amongst eco-conscious diners. There are two branches of Mana! – one is Mana! Café in Sheung Wan, which features more seating space and al fresco tables. The other is Mana! Fast Slow Food in Central, which is a tighter space but features a slightly bigger menu, with custom wraps and salads available. Both restaurants serve Mana!’s signature ‘open flats,’ which are served over freshly baked bread and smothered in Zaatar, a flavorful Mediterranean spice mix. In addition, they also serve veggie burgers, raw desserts and coffee.