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Hong Kong is delicious. There we said it. Perhaps overshadowed in the past by the famous food scenes of New York and London, The Kong can more than hold its own: once you’ve had dim sum here, you’re ruined for life.
You won’t be able to eat it anywhere else, it’s that good. The excellent xiaolongbao is one of the many things that makes Hong Kong one of the best tasting cities in the world, with an awareness for health and wellness developing more and more every day, especially in the juicing stakes.
Grassroots Pantry is a homespun restaurant and workshop with a simple core philosophy: to create food that heals with the highest culinary standards and using the freshest, most nutrient-dense of sustainable, plant-based ingredients. It’s got great vegan and vegetarian brunch or dinner and they have a variety of sweet and savoury dishes. The menu here is simply awesome, we highly rate this place. We even love how they segment their menu: R = Raw | V = Vegan | GF = Gluten-Free | BF = Buddhist-Friendly | NF = Nut-Free.
Anything on their menu is a winner (like, seriously) but we always go for the turmeric chai latte – they do the best one in Hong Kong. In August 2015, they moved to a new home on 108 Hollywood Road. The new space emphasises clean lines, Scandinavian minimalism and neutral tones to align the senses, and their signature rustic, homey feel remains in every inch of this new building. If you’re in town and need a healthy dose of nutritious, plant-based richness then this should be your go-to place. It’s certainly at the top of our list.
Mana’s mission is to serve a healthy, organic and plant-based alternative to fast food in an eco-friendly and responsible manner. We love this place for both food and juice, in fact it’s probably our joint favourite in Hong Kong (right up there with Grassroots Pantry). In particular, we like their ‘open flats’ which taste like healthy pizzas. Based nice and centrally on Wellington Street, Mana are a movement of restaurants and cafes operating at zero-food-waste, using only compostable and biodegradable packaging.
They’re great for salads, wraps and shakes and are real pioneers of serving organic, wholesome, plant-based food and drink – complete with motivational messages that inspire proactive change. An ancient Lebanese mixture of herbs blended with olive oil called ‘Zaatar’ sits at the heart of their concept and they have a wonderful selection of juices, from fresh whole coconut to organic kombucha. This is definitely our kinda place.
The original juice bar, Genie Juicery has been delivering excellent cold-pressed juices since 2011. With the demand for healthy options growing in the city, the girls who run this place took the leap and opened their first flagship store in the iconic International Finance Centre (IFC) shopping mall. Now selling juices, smoothies, nut mylks, cold brew coffee and raw food, Genie Juicery is a one-stop destination for all things healthy in Hong Kong. With 3 locations throughout the city, you’re never too far away from a healthy green juice.
Catch Juicery started from humble beginnings: two friends, one vision. Their mission is to create a mind-blowing wellness experience that’s very affordable. Make sure you check out the brand new branch, conveniently located on Wellington Street, Central.
One of the world’s youngest and most talented Michelin-starred chefs, Akrame Benallal, is bringing his expertise in fine dining to the world of fresh cold-pressed juices. He blends his ideas and flavours into carefully crafted recipes that balance taste and texture. The result is a series of gourmet beverages with a twist – try the healthy Madame Carrot, at the zingy Lime Supreme, or the freshly-squeezed Beach Burn for breakfast. You won’t be sorry. Every bottle of Water Juicery exemplifies one of his signature dishes and they have several pop-up stores dotted around the city.
The Restaurant By The Kinnet
This place is open and airy (hard to find in Hong Kong) and is also fairly hidden away in Sheung Wan on Hillier Street, something of an urban oasis in the glass jungle. We like it for brekkie mostly, although it has recently started serving dinner till 10pm too so we’ll be checking that out next time we’re in town.
They believe that what we eat fuels our minds and spirits so eating well is key to their menu options. We love their salads and bowls – our favourite being the smoked salmon bowl (salmon, sweet corn, kimchi, soft boiled egg, spinach with brown rice). Their Avocado Chicken Pitta Pocket is pretty tasty. too.
Home – Eat to Live
Great for healthy vegan or veggie lunch bowls, salads, wraps and burgers, HOME – Eat to Live is an innovative, fast, sustainable, energy-generating vegetarian restaurant. In balancing mind and body, this place strives to use only organic produce whenever possible. Most of their ingredients are sourced locally from a network of farms and food is made fresh daily. Their juices are pretty good but for us it’s the earth and salad bowls that make this place worth a visit.
Up on Hollywood Road sits the new Nood, Pure Fitness’s new health food cafe that opened in 2015 to cater to Pure Fitness’s members and the demand for healthy food amongst the expats living in Mid-levels.
Located on the ground floor of Pure Fitness Centre (in the middle of Soho next to the Mid-levels escalators), Nood is conveniently located for grabbing a healthy meal on the way to work and gym members can get a protein shake or a vitamin-packed juiced after their workout. No preservatives or additives, they operate on a ‘you are what you eat’ policy. The food is only OK, but Nood’s location and connection to Pure put it firmly on our list.
Great vegetarian food served up in an Americana-style setting with ‘50s jazz music playing and shelves stuffed with inspirational books. The menu is varied, not necessarily all healthy but in a city renowned for its obsession with meat and seafood, this place serves up some much-needed comfort food for veggies. All their food is meat-, seafood- and MSG-free and only the freshest ingredients sourced locally every day are used. A solid choice for leaf-eaters in a city that isn’t always well-equipped for them.
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