Tatler's Ultimate Guide To Vegetarian And Vegan Dining In Hong Kong
Over the past few years, the trend towards eating less meat and consuming a plant-based diet has steadily increased, with more and more restaurants in Hong Kong opening to meet this demand. Beyond sad salads and raw foods, vegetarian and vegan diets are flavoursome, colourful and varied – as is evident in the wide range of eateries to choose form within Hong Kong.
From vegetarian dim sum to plant-based burgers, South Indian specialities and much more, whether you follow a strict diet, or are just looking to cut down your meat consumption, there's plenty on offer to keep you satisfied. Here, we list the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Hong Kong in our ultimate guide:
Kind Kitchen by Green Common
100% plant-based grocery store and deli chain Green Common is best known for introducing the Beyond Burger to Hong Kong back in 2017, and continues to offer vegan diners ample offerings to eat in and take away. Set up by David Yeung (the founder of the social enterprise Green Monday), Green Common continues to do their part in reversing our environmental impact and raise awareness of our landscape.
Operated by Green Monday, Kind Kitchen is a casual cafe that offers vegan dishes from a diverse set of cuisines. Along with serving Beyond Meat burgers, hotdogs and more, Kind Kitchen makes use of other popular plant-based products in creative dishes such as omnipork and black truffle gyoza and the new "Omni K Ramen".
Tatler recommends: For a plant-based breakfast, don't miss the Beyond Sausage breakfast muffin. We also love the Omni spicy dumplings.
Kind Kitchen, Shop 1, 1/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2110 0055; facebook.com/KindKitchenbyGreenCommon
Opened by Christian Mongendre in 2019, Treehouse serves a range of healthy vegan and vegetarian dishes. Perfect for a quick lunch, the menu features sourdough flatbreads wraps, burgers and salad bowls, which can be customised with toppings that include charred cauliflower, grilled tempeh, vegan cheese, tumeric soft egg, avocado and more.
Promising to be sustainable, ethical, modern and fast, Treehouse also delivers when it comes to flavour. After the success of the first location in H Code, Treehouse has now also joined the roster of eateries available at the newly opened Basehall in Central.
Tatler recommends: Don't miss the signature sourdough flatbreads wraps. If you don't want to make your own, opt for the Banyan, which features a green base, fried eggplant, numeric soft egg, roasted garlic hummus, cabbage, fresh tomato and Amba sauce.
Treehouse, Shop 1, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 3791 2277; facebook.com/treehouse.eco
See also: Your Guide To Basehall, Hong Kong’s Trendiest New Food Hall
Found inside the Ovolo Central hotel, Veda is a vegetarian haven that's a must-try. The all-day dining destination's menu is globally inspired with dishes taking influence from Chinese, Indian and Nepalese cuisines, to name just a few.
The aloo gobi, corn kidchi and Silk Route momos are all firm favourites on the main menu, while the breakfast menu includes the hearty Veda Veggie Breakie, classic Avocado on Toast and more.
Tatler recommends: We love the aloo gobi—baked cauliflower with crispy cumin seeds roasted potatoes and crunchy nuts.
Veda, Ovolo Central, 2 Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong; +852 3755 3067; ovolohotels.com/ovolo/central/veda
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Serving “fast slow food” since 2012, Mana is a staple for non-meaters in Hong Kong who are after flavour-filled, nutritious and hearty whole foods. Renowned for their signature Za'atar flatbread wraps, fill yours with the likes of falafel, halloumi cheese, baba ghannouj, portobello mushrooms and more. House-made burgers and healthy salad bowls also feature on the menu, along with Mana's own range of vegan coffees made with plant-based milks.
After opening a Star Street-adjacent location in 2019, Mana recently opened up shop on Central's Staunton Street. Laid out spaciously over two floors, the location continues to spread the brand's zero-waste, plant-based and whole-food message
Tatler recommends: You can't go wrong with any of the signature flats, but the The Babylon Burger—plus a side of rainbow yams—are worth indulging in.
Mana, 8 Staunton Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong; +852 5501 7583
Mana, 8-10 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; +852 5501 7591; mana.hk
See also: Eco Heroes: Bobsy Gaia, Founder Of Mana
If you think that following a plant-based diet means that you can't indulge, think again. Newly opened Big Dill serves a menu of comfort food favourites, all created using their very own house-made and plant-based meats. Expect juicy beef burgers, Southern-fried chicken, smokey barbecue pulled pork and creamy mac 'n' cheese—all with absolutely no animal-derived products.
Tatler recommends: The Zeus Gyro—a tender "lamb" wrap stuffed with French fries, cucumber, tomatoes, onion, fresh mint and garlic sauce—is already proving to be a crowd favourite.
Big Dill, G/F, 123-125 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong; +852 5270 6777; facebook.com/BigDillOfficial
Opened in January 2020, Miss Lee aims to marry contemporary vegetarian cuisine with Chinese flavours. Catering to a range of dietary restrictions, the menu is not only fully vegetarian, but offers both dairy-free and gluten-free dishes.
Along with the cosy and colourful restaurant space, Miss Lee has a street-side deli-counter that serves grab-and-go veggie options throughout the day.
Tatler recommends: Fire Balls—Miss Lee's version of sweet and sour pork, featuring king oyster mushrooms, pineapple, sweet plum sauce and dehydrated pineapple chips.
Miss Lee, G/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central; +852 2881 1811; misslee.hk
See also: ZS Hospitality Finds Success Running New Vegetarian Restaurant Miss Lee
Lock Cha Tea House
This speciality Chinese tea house is the perfect place to stop for a peaceful afternoon meal. The range of tea on offer is among the best in the city, including specialist brews from Alishan Oolong to Wuyi Yanzhonglan, but if the wide and varied tea menu doesn't temp you in, the vegetarian dim sum is sure to.
The original location can be found in Hong Kong Park, with a second stationed within the historical Tai Kwun, so you can dip into Hong Kong’s cultural delicacies, whilst immersing yourself in city's heritage.
Tatler recommends: Cravings are sure to be sated with the spring rolls, steamed turnip cake and steamed barbecue sauce buns. Plus an order of the steamed custard buns for something sweet.
Lock Cha Tea House, G06-07, Block 01, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2276 5777
Lock Cha Tea House, G/F, The K.S. Lo Gallery, Hong Kong Park, 10 Cotton Tree Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong; +852 2801 7177; lockcha.com
See also: The Best Places For Tea In Hong Kong
Serving traditional South Indian fare, Woodlands has long been established in Hong Kong for its quality vegetarian cuisine. Specialising in Jain and Buddhist Food, all dishes at Woodlands contain no onion, garlic, or root vegetables and are 100% plant-based. Come hungry as you'll want to sample as much as you can from the menu which includes everything from dosas, uttappam, idly, sambar and more.
Tatler recommends: For a taste of everything, opt for the South Indian thali, or order the classic masala sosa.
Woodlands, UG Shop 16 & 17, Wing On Plaza, 62 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong; +852 2369 3718; woodlandshk.com
Confusion Plant-Based Kitchen
This casual Sheung Wan cafe has become popular with meat-eaters and vegans alike, serving a menu that demonstrates that plant-based cuisine is more than just salads. The menu is ever-changing, and globally influenced at Confusion, with items including Impossible Philly cheesesteak and fries; hedgehog mushroom quesadillas; spicy lemongrass eggplant and marinated tofu; and Omnipork Sichuan mapo tofu.
Tatler recommends: We're fans of the hedgehog mushroom karaage, along with the Indonesian mixed vegetable and chickpea curry.
Confusion Plant-Based Kitchen, G/F, 103 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong; +852 2563 3699; confusion.hk
See also: Plant-Based Eatery Confusion Gets Vegan Dining Right
Serving sophisticated Buddhist-Japanese cuisine, Isoya's food is always beautifully presented—but it's far from being style-over-substance. The vegan sushi is delicately made with ingredients such as lotus roots and fried cherry blossoms, and every detail is executed to the highest level with fresh ingredients from Japan, providing a unique, yet authentic Japanese experience with a plant-based twist.
Tatler recommends: If you're dining here in the evening, opt for the daily kaiseki, a traditional multi-course Japanese meal. The lunch set, with its selection of appetisers (ranging from spinach with sesame sauce to natto mixed with okra) and fulfilling mains such as the popular lime somen is consistently excellent, and finishes with cream-filled mochi.
Isoya, 9/F 83 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai; +852 5500 8812
With two cafes in Sham Shui Po, Years and newly opened The Park by Years cater to both vegan and vegetarians. The original space, Years, offers a veggie-friendly menu of curries, pasta dishes and burgers, while the newly opened second concept is totally plant-based. Sweet-toothed diners will be left more than satisfied with the array of desserts, including tofu cheesecake, brownies and poached pear vegan pancakes.
Tatler recommends: The new poached pear pancakes are pretty as a picture, but you also can't go wrong with any of the daily vegan cakes and Japanese sets.
Years, 191-199 Fuk Wah Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong; +852 6338 3719
The Park by Years, 132 Yu Chau Stree, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong; +852 5336 4000; facebook.com/yearshk
See also: Neighbourhood Guide: Where To Eat, Drink And Shop In Sham Shui Po
Ohms Café and Bar
Proving that vegans can have their cake and eat it too, Ohms Café and Bar serves a delightful range of plant-based sweet treats and fair-trade coffees.
As well as plenty of dishes to curb those sweet cravings such as pancakes, ice cream and homemade cakes, Ohms also offers a small savoury menu for lunch.
Tatler recommends: Take a look at the daily selection of freshly made vegan cakes.
Ohms Café and Bar, Shop A, 192 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong; +852 54004236; facebook.com/ohmshk2017
Pure Veggie House
Previously located in Central, Pure Veggie House may now call Tsim Sha Tsui home, but it still serves the same menu of Chinese vegetarian food. As well as offering a full menu of vegetarian dishes and dim sum, much of what is on offer at Pure Veggie House is vegan friendly, with the restaurant taking positive steps to be more eco-conscious – even using organic produce cultivated from its own Ecological Farm.
Tatler recommends: Stir-fried dried tofu with Sichuan black bean and chilli.
Pure Veggie House, 27 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong; +852 2525 0552; facebook.com/pureveggiehouse
Before the rise of vegetarian restaurants in Hong Kong, Veggie SF had been quietly serving a meat-free menu since 2011. The quirky '50s inspired space can be found tucked away on Central's Stanley Street, and serves an internationally-inspired menu, featuring everything from homemade burgers and pasta dishes, to more creative options such as Soi Nam Chick'n Rice, Indonesian gado gado salad and more.
Tatler recommends: We're fans of the comforting Vietnamese noodle soup bowl.
Veggie SF, 10/F, 11 Stanley Street Hong Kong Central; +852 3902 3902; veggiesf.com
While there are several restaurants specialising in South Indian vegetarian cuisine in Hong Kong, Khana Khazana offers a menu focusing on specialities from the North. While the full menu is vegetarian, many dishes can also be prepared as vegan or Jain on request. If you're looking for a takeaway that's sure to satisfy, opt for a selection of the restaurant's rich curries and traditional breads. On weekdays, the restaurant also serves a lunch buffet featuring freshly made appetisers, a hot dosa on the table, curries and desserts.
Tatler recommends: Don't miss classic such as palek paneer, chana masala and vegetable makhani.
Khana Khazana, 1/F, Dannies House, 20 Luard Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; +852 2520 5308; fusionconcepts.com.hk/khana-khazana
If you're heading over for a day trip in Discover Bay, stop by for a totally vegan meal at Hemingway's. The ocean-front bar and restaurant specialises in plant-based comfort food, with a wide and varied menu that offers a little something for everyone. Expect burgers, pizzas and more, along with a full bar and live music on weekends.
Tatler recommends: The vegan nachos come highly recommended, as do the pizzas.
Hemingway’s DB, Shop G09, G/F, D'Deck, DB Plaza, Discovery Bay, Hong Kong; +852 2987 8804; hemingways.hk
Chi Lin Vegetarian
Set inside the secluded Nan Lian Gardens in Diamond Hill, Chi Lin Vegetarian will make you feel world's away from the busy city streets. The menu of MSG-free and vegetarian dim sum, noodles and a la carte dishes can be enjoyed while you look out on the beautiful gardens and architecture from the Tang Dynasty. Despite its peaceful location, the restaurant can get busy at weekends, so it's best to call and book ahead if planning a trip.
Tatler recommends: Make ordering hassle free and choose the set for two, four or eight people, which includes a range of signature dishes.
Chi Lin Vegetarian, Long Men Lou, Nan Lian Garden, 60 Fung Tak Road, Diamond Hill, Hong Kong; +852 3658 9388
Mirror & Vegan Concept
If you're craving pasta, Mirror & Vegan Concept will deliver with its menu of authentic Italian and vegan dishes. Despite the slightly odd decor—with mirrors featuring heavily—the quaint restaurant serves tasty dishes coupled with friendly service, with the pasta itself along with the decadent sauces not suffering from being made from plant-based ingredients.
Tatler recommends: The black truffle and asparagus risotto is a favourite on the menu, or opt for the classic spaghetti aglio olio e peperoncino.
Mirror & Vegan Concept, 9/F, 118 Queen's Road Central Central; +852 2868 0810; facebook.com/mirrorveganconcept