Lately, we’ve been finding ourselves drawn to Wan Chai more often than not. Aside from shopping on Tai Yuen Street for junk boat floaties or cruising for antiques through Queen’s Road East for the upcoming holidays, we have been flocking to this busy commercial area to try out all the amazing plant-based restaurants Wan Chai has to offer. As one of the hottest vegetarian dining scenes in the neighborhood, choices and cuisines abound almost every where you look. Bringing thoughtful and well-crafted dishes into the limelight, here is our list of the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Wan Chai!
Almost identical in setup to its Sheung Wan sister locale, 12Noon Wan Chai is a prime hub for all busy urbanites to get their healthy lunch, dinner and juice options. Their cold-press juices are prepared daily using only fresh and natural ingredients to restore balance and rid yourself of toxins. Breakfast with a morning booster shot and cold-press juice will set you back about HKD45. Grab any of their freshly made salads, noodles, wraps, rolls for lunch a-la-carte from HKD 35 and up, or better yet, opt for their awesome lunch set which includes entrée, side, dessert, and a juice starting at HKD65. Refresh, rehydrate and rejuvenate your hunger with this fast casual to-go spot.
Shop 310B, 183 Queens Road East, Hopewell Centre, Wan Chai, +852 2819 8279.
We love Happy Veggies for their yummy vegetarian menu (literally, we have not had a bad dish here) and for what their company represents. As one of the first vegetarian, non-profit social enterprises in Hong Kong, the restaurant is staffed almost entirely by deaf waiters, waitresses or those with heart conditions. Their menus are filled with pictures of delicious lunch and dinner entrées so dining patrons can reference to when ordering. We tend to go in a big group each time we visit Happy Veggies so we can try all the menu options!
1/F, 99 Hennessy Road, Bayfield Building, Wan Chai, +852 2529 3338, email@example.com.
Khana Khazana (Vegan-Friendly)
One of the best vegetarian Indian restaurants on Hong Kong island, we love Khana Khazana’s wide selection of North and South Indian dishes with their culinary team of Tandoor, curry, and famed South Indian chefs starting at about HKD70 for entrées. What’s more, most dishes can be prepared vegan as well, and there is also a separate Jain menu available. With an extensive Indian street food menu like dosas and idlis, we can attest that these snacks washes down nicely with drinks from their fully stocked bar.
1/F, 20 Luard Road, Dannies House, Wan Chai, +852 2520 5308, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Loving Hut (Vegan-Friendly)
A longstanding gem, Loving Hut is one of the largest vegan restaurant chains on the planet. In its Wan Chai location, the menu abounds with Asian and western dishes like soups, salads, noodles, mock meats and dumplings with entrées starting from HKD60 and up. Try their lunch set which allows you to choose three dishes with red yeast rice, soup, and herbal tea for an affordable HKD48. Their vegan pizza, always sold in limited quantities and almost always sold out, is pretty delicious if you can get your hands before the lunch crowds does. During dinnertime, there is often an open mic night of various singers and songwriters to serenade you throughout their spacious second floor walk up. Committed to promoting a plant-based lifestyle, they also carry vegan dog and cat food for our furry friends!
2/F, 93-99 Wan Chai Road, Luen Tai Building, Wan Chai, +852 2574 3248
Isoya Japanese Vegetarian Restaurant (Vegan-Friendly)
A beloved traditional Japanese restaurant that flies under the radar (as there is no web site or official Facebook page), Isoya is worth the hype and the price tag. Serving vegetarian sushi, maki rolls, soba noodles, mocha, tempura and the like using conventional Japanese produce that are in season, the cozy Wan Chai haunt offers set lunches (starting at HKD98) and dinners (a meal for two could set you back about HKD800) in the highest quality. Dishes can be altered to suit vegans.
9/F, 83 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, +852 5500 8812.
LockCha Tea House
A long-established tea shop on a mission to locate and bring only the finest teas to Hong Kong, LockCha Tea House is also home to a distinguished menu of delicious vegetarian dim sum. With a limited rotating variety to choose from ranging from HKD 28 and up, we recommend their turnip cake and fried squash dumplings when you see it on the menu. Available for lunch and dinner, LockCha is open daily except every second Tuesday of the month, so plan accordingly!
G/F, The K.S. Lo Gallery, Hong Kong Park, 19 Cotton Tree Drive, Admiralty; +852 2801 7177, email@example.com.
Liza Veggies (Vegan-Friendly)
A vegetarian Chinese kitchen with a smattering of international dishes, Liza Veggies focuses on Cantonese and Taiwanese dishes. Popular with the Wan Chai lunch crowd for its affordable set lunch where diners can choose three out of six daily dishes that includes soup and rice for HKD 45, the dinner rush can also get packed with its generous portions of popular entrées like their braised eggplant or mock chicken. A-la-carte dining items start from HKD 68 and up.
2/F, 105 – 111 Thomson Road, Harvard House, Wan Chai, +852 2575 6060.
A small two-chain restaurant serving organic, plant-based comfort food, OVO Cafe is a chic vegetarian establishment reminiscent to with an LA vibe. Tucked inside the Old Wanchai Market, if the beautiful interior isn’t enough to draw you in, their fabulous set lunch (HKD78) of Corn Veggie Burger, Vegetarian Tom Yum Soup or Veggie Risotto will. Entrées start at about HKD 95 and up but we are all about their All Day Green Breakfast (HKD98) each time we make a trip over – it’s that good!
G/F, 1 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, +852 2527 6011, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Images courtesy of Freepik/topntp26 (lead), Pexels, 12Noon, Happy Veggies, Khana Khazana, Loving Hut, Isoya, OVO Cafe.