The recent bounty of healthy lunch choices in the +852 means the city is awash with healthy veggie bowls and scrumptious salads. With so many new entrants on the wellness scene, we wanted to round up some of our favs below.
Curried Mixed Seafood Quinoa Salad @ The Elephas
Located in new gym The Warrior Academy, The Elephas has both a Health Bar serving food and a Coffee Bar for a pre- or post-workout caffeine boost. The resto serves Thai-inspired dishes, which pair nicely with their Muay Thai classes. Try the Curried Mixed Seafood Quinoa Salad (HKD 98), made with grilled garoupa, shrimp, squid and mussels over a quinoa base, and topped with rocket, cherry tomatoes and shiitake mushrooms.
The Elephas (The Health Bar): Shop 118, 1/F, Hong Kong Plaza, 188 Connaught Road West, Sai Wan, +852 2838 3979; open Monday to Friday 12PM – 8PM, Saturday 11AM – 4PM.
Laughing Buddha Bowl @ Anything But Salads
December 2016 Update: Anything But Salads has closed down.
Local raw vegan trendsetter Anything But Salads has re-opened and now offers a whole menu of delectable meal options. Their Laughing Buddha Bowl (HKD 99) hits some veggie high notes with quinoa, fermented namul (seasoned Korean vegetables such as red cabbage and bell peppers which are fermented in house), dehydrated tomatoes, salsa, avocado, nori seaweed, sprouts, sesame seeds, chilli-almond butter sauce and oh-so-delicious raw garlicnaise.
Anything But Salads: Shop B, G/F, 14 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan, +852 2858 6666; open Tuesday to Sunday 11AM – 9PM.
Asian Invasion @ Genie Juicery
Known around town for their delicious cold-pressed juices, Genie Juicery has amped their menu ante and now stocks of bright vegan salads. Try their Asian Invasion (HKD 70), a staff favorite, made with organic kale, seared purple cabbage, garlic, ginger, nori seaweed, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, Japanese brown rice, and a sesame-almond dressing, PLUS a cheeky topping of gluten-free pretzels!
IFC Mall – 2096B, Podium Level 2, IFC Mall, +852 2644 5875; open Monday to Friday 7AM – 8PM, Saturday & Sunday 10AM – 8PM.
Sai Ying Pun – Shop A, 1/F Fook Moon Building, 56-72 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, +852 2803 2048; open daily 8AM – 8PM.
Ivory Billed Woodpecker @ HOME Eat To Live
July 2017: HOME Eat To Live has now closed down.
Plant-based metropolis HOME Eat To Live has more than a few yummy veggie offerings. However, we can’t get enough of the Ivory Billed Woodpecker (HKD 128), a bowl of goodness full of purple rice, quinoa, wilted kale, fermented cabbage, stewed adzuki beans, grated carrot and a seaweed-tahini dressing. Yes please!
HOME Eat To Live: G/F & U/G 77 Des Voeux Road Central, Central; open Monday to Saturday 10AM – 10PM.
Bibimbap @ K-Roll
For the uninitiated, bibimbap is a emblematic dish in Korean cuisine: the terms means “mixed rice” and a bowl of involves warm white rice topped with seasoned vegetables and chili pepper paste. K-Roll offers a plant based version (HKD 80) made with tofu, spinach, carrots, bean sprout, squash, black & white mushrooms and an optional soft-boiled egg.
Central – Shop 41, L3 Concourse Level Hong Kong MTR Station, Central +852 2563 2811; open Monday to Friday 11AM-8:30PM, Saturday & Sunday 11AM – 6:30PM.
Sheung Wan – 6A Bonham Strand G/F Sen Fat Building, Sheung Wan, +852 2234-5505; open Monday-Friday 11:30AM-8PM, Saturday & Sunday 11:30AM-6:30PM.
Wan Chai – Shop 104, Brim 28, Causeway Centre, 28 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, +852 2806 3488; open Monday-Friday 11AM – 7PM.
Organic Apple Roasted US Pasture Raised Pulled Pork Shoulder @ Supafood
Supafood founder Stephen Wu wants to change the way we all eat. We could not agree with his vision more, especially when it means indulging in their moreish Organic Apple Roasted US Pasture Raised Pulled Pork Shoulder salad box (HKD 108-118), which also comes with organic kale, cherry tomatoes, pomegranate, roasted pumpkin, feta, red onions, chia seeds, quinoa, apple, coriander, and an apple cider vinaigrette.
Supafood: G/F, 1 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, +852 2812 6088; open Monday to Saturday 12PM – 8:30PM.
Grilled Vegetables Salad @ The Restaurant By The Kinnet
September 2017 Update: The Kinnet has now closed down.
Located in holistic health centre The Kinnet, The Restaurant By The Kinnet has a selection of healthy options many of which change daily. Our pick? Their Grilled Vegetables Salad, (HKD 68), a delightful combination of eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, green beans and feta topped with pesto.
The Restaurant By The Kinnet: 3/F, 33 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan, +852 3968 7623; open Monday to Saturday 8AM – 10PM.
Summer Brussel Sprout Salad @ Tivo Kennedy Town
The next time you are in K-Town, be sure to check out the new ‘Superfoods’ menu at Tivo. Our favorite, their elegant Summer Brussels Sprout Salad (HKD 78) combines the roasted cruciferous veggies with a poached egg, lemon and anchovies.
Tivo Kennedy Town: 33 Praya, Kennedy Town, +852 2543 1238; open Monday to Friday 11:30AM – 11PM, Saturday & Sunday 8AM – 11PM.