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Praised for its curries, aromatic spices, and flavorful food pairings, there is no contest that Indian food is just so good. Oscillating between sweet, spicy and savory, there is a dish for just about any palate. And don’t get us started about Indian desserts, which deserve a whole separate post altogether based on the sheer vastness of different cultures, traditions, and climates! While traditional Indian fare is strictly vegetarian, it definitely is not hard to find a dish that’ll make you forget it’s meatless. For those of you trying to cut back on meat or trying out Green Mondays, take heed! Here are the best vegetarian Indian restaurants in Hong Kong, in no particular order.
A Green Queen favorite, Saravana Bhavan features some of the most delicious South Indian and Pakistani (with plenty of North Indian options as well) vegan and vegetarian dishes this side of Tsim Sha Tsui. As one of the world’s largest chains of vegetarian restaurants, boasting over 60 outlets globally, they specialize in crispy, golden crepe-like dosas, soft and spongy idlis, and deep-friend lentil doughnut-esque vadas. With a daily changing menu of homemade desserts, be sure to save room for some sweets.
4/F, 23 – 25 Ashley Road, Ashley Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2736 1127, firstname.lastname@example.org. Open Monday – Friday 9:00AM – 3:00PM, 6:00PM – 10:30PM; Saturday – Sunday 9:00AM – 10:30PM.
A popular Tin Hau hotspot, Haveli serves a variety of classic North and South Indian dishes using only fresh, seasonal ingredients. With a rotating menu every quarter, be on the lookout for their section of Indo Chinese specials like Szechuan noodles and paneer chili made with traditional Chinese sauces. But we gotta tell you – their curry is definitely the spice of life. Be sure to pair it with some garlic naan to soak up that paneer in a tomato and spice gravy!
G/F, 20 Tsing Fung Streeet, Tin Hau, +852 2494 7000, email@example.com. Open Daily 11:00AM – 11:00PM.
Serving a wide array of North and South Indian dishes as well as Indian street food, Khana Khazana is a veggie haven – in fact, most of their dishes can be prepared vegan. Big plus: they also have a Jain menu available on request. Located in the heart of Wan Chai, this spacious layout doesn’t miss a beat with a full bar on deck to cater for corporate and private parties. With a culinary team of Tandoor chefs, curry chefs and renowned South Indian chefs, choices abound on this authentic Indian menu.
1/F, 20 Luard Road, Dannies House, Wan Chai, +852 2520 5308, firstname.lastname@example.org. Open Monday – Friday 12:00PM – 3:00PM, 6:00PM – 11:00PM; Saturday – Sunday 12:00PM – 11:00PM.
Branto Pure Veg Indian Restaurant
With a loyal following, Branto first got their start introducing vegetarian Indian pizza to the people of Surat in the state of Gujarat, India (their moniker is a derivative of Italian). True to life, you’ll still find a variety of veggie pie options like Indian Paneer pizza and Corn Pineapple pizza. But Italian pleasantries aside, Branto serves a variation of Northern and Southern Indian dishes, Gujarati, Punjabi, Jain and some Chinese dishes. Famed for their signature thalis (set meals), pav bhaji, and popular Punjabi dish chole bhatura, this longtime Kowloon haunt always packs a crowd so come early!
1/F, 9 Lock Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2366 8171, email@example.com. Open Monday – Friday 11:00AM – 3:00PM, 6:00PM – 11:00PM; Saturday – Sunday 11:00AM – 11:00PM.
Sangeetha Vegetarian Restaurant
A chain of signature South Indian restaurants, Sangeetha provides delicious aromas and flavor of spices from the traditional Udupi and Chettinad style of cooking. Offering an extensive menu of meatless dishes alongside vegan-friendly and Jain options, be sure to leave some room for their large assortment of sweets to choose from.
Shops 1 – 5 & 31, Upper Ground Floor, 62 Mody Road, Wing On Plaza, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2640 2123, firstname.lastname@example.org. Open Monday – Friday 8:00AM – 3:00PM, 6:00PM – 10:30PM; Saturday – Sunday 8:00AM – 10:30PM.
Woodlands International Restaurant
A mainstay since the ’80s, Woodlands International Restaurant has been serving authentic Indian and Punjabi dishes in Tsim Sha Tsui to wide fanfare. With a variety of set menus to choose from – North or South Indian, Jain or their Woodlands special thali – different people will give you different reasons as to why Woodlands is their favorite. From their dosa specials, idly vada, chit chaat (aka, one of the most popular street food of India), a wide assortment of desserts, this is a mecca for Indian food lovers.
UG1, 62 Mody Road, Wing On Plaza, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 6687 2725. Open Daily 12:00PM – 3:30PM, 6L30PM – 10:30PM.
Sharmaji Indian Veggie Restaurant
A cozy family run restaurant serving a variety of North and South Indian dishes, Sharmaji is a hidden gem located in Hung Hom. Serving the comfort of homestyle Indian cooking at very reasonable prices, look for starred icons stating vegan- or Jain- options available. Try their paneer (cottage) cheese burger or aloo (stuffed potato) sandwich, but be sure to order their legendary homemade desserts!
G/F, Shop A, Block 2, 3 Tsing Chau Street, Hung Hom Garden, Kowloon, +852 2334 0133. Open Monday – Saturday 9:00AM – 9:30PM.
Images courtesy of Pexels, Sharava Bhavan, Haveli, Khana Kazana, Branto, Sharmaji, and Woodlands.