Are you trying to reduce your meat intake for the new year? Whether you’re actively trying or just interested in vegetarian options, here is a thorough list of some of the best in Hong Kong. Who said vegetarian had to be boring?
Yau Veggie Bistro
Yau Veggie Bistro opened its doors in the spring of 2020, serving vegetarian cuisine with impeccable attention to details. The signature dish is beef wellington made with Beyond beef, vegan bacon and homemade ‘foie gras’ terrine. Its vegetarian ratatouille that is perfectly lined up is also a great display of culinary skill. Most importantly, you can request for all of the dishes to be dairy-free since 90 percent of the menu is also vegan-friendly.
Yau Veggie Bistro, Shop C, 16 South Lane, Western District, 6899 0989
Treehouse is an eatery that offers signature bowls and breads that are customisable to your tastes. Perfect for a lunch option, create your own combo by picking a a base, toppings, sauce and seasoning blend. Eat the rainbow from its large range of vegetarian toppings, making it suitable for every sort of diner. Other menu options include burgers, pizzas and a soup of the day.
Treehouse, Shop 1, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, 3791 2277 and Basehall, LG/F, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central
Chi Lin Vegetarian
Founded from the Buddhist practice, Chi Lun vegetarian is hidden in the Silver Strand Waterfall in Nan Lian Garden. The serene environment is an oasis away from the city to indulge in fine vegetarian cuisine. Being a Buddhist restaurants also means that it offers clean cooking with low oil, sugar and salt and no MSG. Try its daily sets, five fortune appetiser platter or various braised dishes.
Chi Lin Vegetarian, Nan Lian Garden, 60 Fung Tak Road, Diamond Hill, 3658 9388
Focusing on clean diets and fighting climate change, MANA! pioneered the idea of “fast slow food” to serve Hong Kong eco-friendly, plant based food. Taking culinary inspiration from around the world, its food is made daily and accommodates to all sort of dietary requirements. There are nine signature flatbreads you can choose from or create your own and choose from its 40 toppings. Build your own soup for the colder weather or dip into its tubs of hummus and baba ghannouj.
MANA!, 8 Staunton Street, Soho, 5501 7583 or 8-10 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, 5501 7591
Part of Ovolo hotels, VEDA showcases how vegetarian food is a celebration not a sacrifice, cooking food with flavour and creativity. It offers tiffin boxes where diners can choose a starter and main for a nutritious and flavourful lunch. Options include truffled polenta, wild mushroom curry, aloo gobi and Himalayan dumplings filled with spinach and ricotta. It also has a breakfast menu and an extensive wine menu with signature cocktails for an after-work pick me up.
Veda, 2 Arbuthnot Road, Central, 3755 3067
LockCha Tea House
One of Hong Kong’s most coveted tea houses also offers vegetarian dim sum for a dining experience filled with culture. Its two venues are located in prime heritage venues in Hong Kong to further accentuate the history and art. Fill up on signature dim sum dishes like steamed vegetable buns, beancurd rolls, pan fried turnip cake and spring rolls.
LockCha Tea House, G6-7, Block 1, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, 2276 5777 and G/F, The K.S. Lo Gallery, Hong Kong Park, 10 Cotton Tree Drive, Admiralty, 2801 7177
Soil to Soul
Soil to Soul is a contemporary Korean vegetarian restaurant that serves dished inspired by Korean temple food. Chef Gu Ji Kwang is a temple food master leading the kitchen. It presents a more liberal interpretation of temple food that still abides by the principals of the Buddha-Dharma. For example, it offers a vegetarian afternoon tea set with sweet and savoury sections. It is also offering vegetarian poon choi options in preparation for Chinese New Year.
Soil to Soul, Shop 704, 7/F, Victoria Dockside K11 Musea, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 23899588
Indian food is a staple for vegetarians due to the culture and traditions of the country, meaning that its cuisine has a huge range of flavourful dishes to explore. Woodlands is an Indian staple in Hong Kong has been open since 1981 and is famous for its huge dosas and substantial menu. If you want to try multiple options, try the Woodlands special thali that is a platter which comes with various dishes.
Woodlands, Shop 16 and 17, UG, Wing On Plaza, 62 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, 2369 3718
Miss Lee brings a contemporary take on Chinese vegetarian cuisine in a chic and fun environment. Dine in for its a la carte or lunch tasting menu or takeaway from its deli-counter for a grab and go lunch. Diners are sure of the quality of every dish as they have been recommended by Michelin-star chef, Siu Hin Chi. Try innovative dishes like Cantonese style chickpea sliders , pumpkin wonton or braised bamboo pith stuffed with enoki mushrooms.
Miss Lee, G/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central, 2881 1811
Transport yourself to the fabulous 50’s in downtown San Fransisco just by visiting Veggie SF. This restaurant is filled with novelty American decor to create an ambience like no other in Hong Kong. Its 100 percent vegetarian menu showcases international classics like a spicy Korean burger, all day breakfasts with scrambled tofu, Italian basil beetballs and avocado sashimi. The extensive food and juice menu will cater to every palette.
Veggie SF, 10/F, 11 Stanley Street, Central, 3902 3902