Hong Kong: Veggie Wonderland

Hong Kong is a vegetarian wonderland, and offers an explosion of culinary flavors from European to Traditional Chinese cuisine. Here are some of the tried and tested veggie must-dos in HK.

CENTRAL, HONGKONG ISLAND

imageGrassroots Pantry for Brunch

Grassroots is a one stop restaurant for those seeking clean eating. With ingredients sourced locally through fair trade and excellent warm service, a meal at Grassroots is a delightful experience. Catering to vegans and vegetarians, the menu has specials almost every day and will surely delight even die hard carnivores on a Meatless Monday. Centrally located you can’t miss this pit stop on a day out in Central!

Green Picks (Brunch Favorites)

  • PAN-FRIED GYOZA with Almond Dan Dan Dressing. Szechuan Peppercorn Vinaigrette
  • AN ETHNIC PLATE :Dal Makhani. Scrambled Tofu. Crushed Kasoori Methi Aloo. Moroccan Carrot Salad. Pap-en-vleis Berbere Stew. Pickled Kohlrabi & Wild Arugula. Teff Ingera (serves 2-4) (V.GF.BF)
  • Turmeric Latte

Budget: USD 30/ head

Website: http://www.grassrootspantry.com/

Pure Veggie House for a traditional lunch

imageIn a nondescript building called Coda Plaza in the mid-levels, there’s a gem of a Buddhist restaurant. Finding flavorful traditional Chinese cusine, with no MSG was my dream come true. Wontons, Dimsums, Gyoza, you name it and it’s on the menu. Paired with Jasmine tea, you surely can’t stop raving about this fantastically authentic dining house.

Green Picks (Signature dishes)

  • Deep fried Enoki with spiced salt; Steamed Wontons with Hot Sichuan sauc; Pan fried gyoza,
  • Black truffle sauce fried noodles

Budget: UDS 20/ head

Website: http://topstandard.com.hk/en/12-english/pvh/20-pvh-home

Wildfire PizzaBar @Peak Tower

imageAfter a morning hike up the Peak, finding a great spot to enjoy the view with some comfort grub is an absolute delight. Wildfire is the just that place, with superb thin crust pizza. They also have a Holiday brunch menu on Sundays and other hols. This one is a winner for the view and pizza with the right bite.

Green Picks

  • Slow oven baked Frittata
  • Buffalo Mozzarella Pizza

Website: http://www.wildfire.com.hk/

Herbivore

imageIn the heart of Soho, if you are looking for a classy vegetarian dinner Herbivore is the place to go. The décor is Scandinavian minimalist inviting you to clean and flavorful meal. Some of the house specials are the result of an eclectic Asian & Italian fusion. Some lovely surprises on the menu, it’s perfect for a special statement meal.

Green Picks (Our Favorites)

  • Starters: Avocado Salsa with salted Chips
  • Mains: Herbivores Ricotta & baby spinach ravioli, kombu, porcini soup, truffle paste ; Portobello Steak; Truffle Risotto

Budget: USD 30 / head with wine

Website: http://www.goherbivores.com/


 MACAU

IES: I- Espresso

imageOn a day out in Old Macau, if you are visiting the Ruins of Saint Paul, and looking for a quick vegetarian friendly bite and coffee, IES is perfect. IES has a relatively simple menu, and if you need a carb refill on tourist day out the Truffle Fettuccine won’t disappoint you. Pair it with some chilled Perrier and you will be all set to discover Old Macau on foot.

Golden Peacock, Venetian Macao

imageWhen you hear of a Michelin star restaurant, more often than not it’s exorbitant and will make you think twice before indulging. Golden Peacock at the Venetian breaks this stereotype, with its mid-priced and unique vegetarian a la carte menu. The menu is a fine balance of traditional flavors interspersed with Molecular cuisine techniques. You also have all time favorites like the dal and naans, if you are looking for a hearty Indian meal without pretense. Definitely worth a stop before a long night at the casino!

Green Picks

  • Sona Mor Vegetarian Platter
  • Dal Sona Mor ; Sundried Tomato and Chili Naan
  • Tender Coconut & Alphonso Mousse, Madras Coffee Crispy with Rose Petal Ice cream

Budget:  USD 20-25/ head

Website: http://www.venetianmacao.com/restaurants/signature/golden-peacock.html#overview

Tsim Tsa Tsui, Kowloon

imageOzone Rooftop  at Ritz Carlton

The trail is never complete without some fantastic tipple. Head to the World’s highest rooftop bar Ozone at the Ritz Carlton, for a spectacular view of Victoria Harbor, sunset and a gorgeous skyline. Twilight is the best time to catch the view as day turns to night with the twinkling lights of Hong Kong. Ozone, serves the most decadent Truffle fries with perfectly golden thick cut fries, shaved black truffles and shredded parmesan. The bourbon cocktails with tropical fruits are absolutely lip-smacking.

 

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