You may have missed World Vegan Day on November 1st. But fear not as the entire month of November is dedicated to celebrating the rise of vegan lifestyle globally! Once viewed as a drastic lifestyle change, the popularity of plant-based diets has exploded in recent times.
In a year that has been heavily disrupted by a global pandemic, our personal health and that of our loved ones has taken on paramount importance. And the incredible growth of alternative and sustainable plant-based meat substitutes has also shone a light on the effects over-consumption has had on climate change. So, it is perhaps fitting that we’ve seen a number of vegan and vegetarian restaurants open up this year.
Check out our round up of a few restaurants we think have the most delicious looking vegan food around the city.
Located within a wellness retreat in Times Square, Sakti Elixir offers a full plant-based menu of healthy and delicious bites. Culinary curator, Arnaud Hauchon, places much focus on the quality of the food as well as sustainability. As a part of the Fivelements brand that originated out of Bali, Sakti Elixir is the perfect complement to the yoga and wellness facilities the group is known for. While the restaurant does use honey for some of their creations, the majority of the items are vegan-friendly. For example the Curry Laksa and the Cherry Tomatoes Salad.
Click here for reservations | Level 13A, Tower One, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay
With the rise in popularity of plant-based “meat” alternatives, it was inevitable that one of the most popular burger joints in town would get in on the act. Introducing the Impossible Burger from Butcher’s Club. The burger uses Vegan Cheddar, Vegan Sauce and a Vegan Scotch Bap to replicate the famous Classic Burger everyone has come to love over the years. And what’s more is that other fixtures from their menu have been reinvented using both Impossible “Meat” and Beyond “Meat”.
Walk Ins Only | Shop 10, G/F, Rialto Building, 2 Landale Street Wanchai
Whilst not quite a fully-vegan restaurant, Miss Lee is a modern Chinese vegetarian restaurant located on Wellington Street. With menu items ranging from vegan-friendly and gluten-free, to dairy-free and egg-free, there are plenty of vegetarian options to be enjoyed here. With the kitchen helmed by Michelin-starred chef Siu Hin Chi, the quality and creativity in the dishes is undoubted. Vegan signature dishes include Mapo Eggplant with Beancurd and Multigrain Rice wrapped in Lotus Leaf.
Click here for reservations | G/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central
Whoever said comfort food couldn’t be healthy? Big Dill proves just that by creating a menu full of burgers, nachos and sides with all plant-based ingredients. Operating out of Espresso Martini on Third Street in Sai Ying Pun, the entire menu is vegan-friendly. Aside from their plant-based “Beef” Burgers, they also serve up “Chicken” Burgers, “Lamb” Gyros and Cauliflower Nuggets.
Walk Ins Only | 123-125 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun (Inside Espresso Martini)
While The Commune in K11 may not have the most extensive list vegan-friendly items on their menu, international restaurants are becoming more accommodating for flexitarians. With a beautiful view over the harbour and stunning dishes to match, it’s becoming easier to eat more healthy and sustainably.The Avocado & Citrus Salad is sure to brighten up anyone’s day. And they also serve an Impossible Burger for those looking for plant-based alternatives.
Click here for reservations | 10/F, K11 Artus, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Just a few years ago, it would have been almost unthinkable of finding a fully vegetarian restaurant in an international hotel. But that’s exactly what the folks at Ovolo Hotel have done with VEDA. While not everything on the menu is vegan-friendly, there’s enough to keep everyone happy. Perhaps more exciting is the presence of several South Asian inspired dishes. For example the Aloo Gobi and Corn Kichdi.
Click here for reservations | Ovolo Central, 2 Arbuthnot Road, Central
It is fair to say that Korean cuisine is most often associated with Korean barbecue. However there’s been a recent trend rising that showcases Buddhist Temple food that is completely vegetarian. Soil to Soul in K11 Musea is the first of its kind to hit the shores of Hong Kong and they’ve taken a fine dining approach to the healthy and unique cuisine. And with only few dishes that include honey or yogurt, there will plenty of vegan-friendly options. These include Korean Stir-fried Vermicelli and Blessed Tofu Pockets.
Call +852 2389 9588 for reservations | Shop 704, K11 Musea, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Meal plans have become more accessible over the years, and Green Cravings focuses exclusively on delivering plant-based meals. Having only sprung up earlier this year, they have quickly amassed a loyal following. And with a rotating menu of Asian and Western influenced recipes, it’s hard to get tired of the healthy food. Common items such as Pesto Pasta and Nasi Goreng are in the rotation. As are more flavourful dishes like the Spiced Chickpea Bowl or the Mexican Chilli with Beyond Meat.
Visit their website to view menu | Deliveries only to Central, Wanchai and Quarry Bay
Founder Christian Mongendre knows plant-based cuisine, having found success with HOME Eat to Live before they closed in 2017. Thankfully he’s opened his new concept, Treehouse, with a very similar menu. This time set up in the trendy H Code on Pottinger Street, there are plenty of vegan options to choose from. Such as the Willow Flatbread, Forest Burger, or Raw Bites. Better yet, diners can create their own vegan-friendly Flatbread, Salad or Grain Bowl from the various ingredients at the counter.
Walk Ins Only | Shop 1, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central