Long gone are the days when vegan food translates to boring, bland eats.
Veganism has taken a turn for the better this past decade, eliminating any preconceptions of previously “dull” menus, and instead offering tasty, flavourful alternatives to meat — all the while pumped with health benefits and ethical treatment of animals leading towards a sustainable lifestyle.
Hong Kong is well on the bandwagon for this movement, branching out into different vegan cuisines and budgets for every foodie, regardless of whether you’re fully committed to veganism or merely trying out the hype. From decadent hotel dining to casual vibes, we’ve rounded up five of our go-to vegan-friendly cafés in the city.
As far as health and wellness goes, luxury hotel Rosewood Hong Kong can be trusted for all things catered to your wellbeing needs — from holistic pampering to its fitness facilities throughout the property. Following suit, the in-house, sustainably-minded Asaya Kitchen offers nutritious plant-based meals (with optional pescatarian dishes) sourced only from the sea and soil. The 120-seat dining concept focuses on healthy, wholesome meals, executed under the experienced hands of veteran chef, Renaud Marin.
The Mediterranean-meets-Japanese-inspired menu utilises fresh ingredients from local farmers, fisheries and artisans, with raw favourites including Mushroom Carpaccio and Cauliflower Cocotte for a vegan indulgence, all the while overlooking the stellar views of Victoria Harbour and Rosewood’s infinity pool.
Asaya Kitchen, 6/F, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3891 8732
Sakti Elixir at Fivelements Habitat
Balinese-inspired wellness haven Fivelements Habitat stays true to its sustainability roots, offering plant-based cuisine from its dining experience, Sakti Elixir. Those familiar with the property’s flagship Fivelements Bali will be aware of the brand’s gastronomical concept of health-conscious dining. The cuisine is designed to nourish and rejuvenate the mind and body through the use of plant-powered nutrition, sourcing its organic ingredients from local farmers and sustainable agriculture.
Nourish in the vegan-friendly menu here, which focuses on cooked and raw ingredients with a pan-Asian twist. The dishes are curated by the same master behind Sakti Dining Room in Bali, Arnaud Hauchom, who continues to implement tasty, nutrition-dense meals such as chickpea and cassava pancakes tinged with turmeric. The Causeway Bay restaurant is open to members and non-members of Fivelements alike, providing a daily set lunch option or à la carte specialities from curry laksa to cashew cheese on toast.
Sakti Elixir, Fivelements Habitat, Level 13A, Tower One, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 6803 5081
Situated in art mall K11 Musea, Avobar caters to fans of the trendy superfood, serving a nutritious, vegan-friendly menu to promote clean, green eating. Each avocado used is ethically and sustainably sourced from farmers around the world, and is packed with vitamins, minerals and nutrients to suit all consumer lifestyles. The 60-seat setting is home to all-day dining to cater to vegan foodies on the go.
Embrace the benefits of the superfood at this restaurant, with creative hits including Matcha Pancakes, served with homemade “avobutter” and your choice of a sweet or savoury topping, or the famous Avo Bun Burger, made from a sweet potato and red lentil patty sandwiched between two avocados for a tasty plant-based treat. For post-work relaxation, try the quirky Avo Margarita or signature Avocolada for a refreshing green-themed spin on your classic cocktail.
Avobar, Shop B201-4, B2/F, K11 Musea, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
LockCha Tea House
Being vegan no longer means compromising on your favourite cuisine, with many alternative ingredients available these days to sub in classic dishes — and that includes the beloved Hong Kong tradition of dim sum. Lock Cha’s two properties (in Tai Kwun and Hong Kong Park) take a vegan and vegetarian approach to the traditional delicacy, prepared using a lighter, less greasy cooking method than what would be typically found in a yum cha joint.
The restaurant is renowned for its fragrant tea appreciation ceremonies served in an antique-style environment amongst lush, manicured gardens. Vegetarians and vegans can embrace the delicious dim sum options from fried bean curd cake to steamed fresh lily dumplings, all served in a serene setting under the roof of a Canton-style heritage teahouse.
LockCha, G/F, The K.S. Lo Gallery, Hong Kong Park, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2801 7177
LockCha, G06-07, Block 01, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2276 5777
Earning its title as Hong Kong’s first completely vegetarian hotel restaurant, Ovolo’s Veda celebrates meat-free cuisine with a contemporary East-meets-West menu curated by chef Hetty McKinnon from Brooklyn’s Arthur Street Kitchen. Dive into signature dishes including the tasty baked aloo gobi, four cheese naan pizza, Kathmandu momos, and our personal favourite, the street-side pani puri (pictured here). The all-day restaurant serves wholesome meals from dawn to dusk, from green smoothies in the morning to a soul-warming veggie congee and wild mushroom curry for dinner, catering to the health-conscious round the clock.
Veda, Ovolo Central, 2 Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3755 3067
Featured image: Asaya Kitchen