Many of us in Hong Kong lamented the departure of HOME Eat To Live back in 2017. But now, founder Christian Mongendre is back with a new plant-based concept dubbed TREEHOUSE, to open in early September this year. The flagship restaurant will embody Mongendre’s passion for spreading healthy, ethical, mindful eating with the world.
Located on the ground floor of new H Code building off Pottinger Street in Central (we hear WeWork is moving in),TREEHOUSE will reacquaint Hong Kongers with a sense of connection with nature by providing high quality, healthy, sustainable, modern fast-casual food.”TREEHOUSE is everything I have always believed in, everything I stand for and and everything I’ve wanted to share with the world,” Mongendre told Green Queen exclusively.
TREEHOUSE will offer an all-day menu, featuring Mongendre’s signature dishes made with ingredients that are as locally and organically sourced as possible and a whole foods, plant-based ethos. The menu is entirely plant-based save for two toppings (eggs and halloumi cheese). Along with a wide range of gluten-free and raw options, TREEHOUSE will serve Build Your Own bowls, breads, burgers and salads, as well as cold- pressed juices, cold brew coffee, kombucha and smoothies.
The 50-seat venue is built and designed with sustainability at its core. TREEHOUSE will feature lead-free eco-cement, reclaimed wood, 100% recycled plastic furniture, recycling bins and a composting station for food waste. In addition to the eco-friendly interior, other “One with Nature” attributes include free drinking water and FSC-certified biodegradable packaging for takeaway items.
Mongendre has long been one of the leading figures pushing the plant-based movement in Hong Kong. Not only did he launch the much-loved and very missed plant-based restaurant HOME – Eat To Live, he was also involved in the opening of MANA! locations around the city.
“The F&B industry needs a major paradigm shift to end the global health crisis, and it is our responsibility as restaurateurs to serve the highest quality nutritious food to the people creating an ethical business model with sustainability built-in,” said Mongendre.
We at Green Queen are buzzing about TREEHOUSE’s opening and excited to welcome this new addition to the city’s thriving veggie dining scene. No doubt, Mongendre won’t disappoint.
Lead image courtesy of Christian Mongendre.