Healthy is the new hipster, and there’s currently no shortage of hip-looking eateries popping up around town boasting all things vegan, organic or, well, just plain healthy. We’ve rounded up some of Hong Kong’s best healthy fixes that also happen to be very delicious.
Hidden inside an unassuming mall in Sai Ying Pun is a cafe that sits next to the crossfit gym Warrior Academy. With plenty of wooden tables, inviting sofas and beautiful salads up for grabs, The Elephas quickly stole a spot on our list of regular lunch spots. Instead of boring ol’ Caesar, you can take your pick of Asian-inspired dishes like curry seafood quinoa salad with garoupa, shrimp, squid and mussel; or spicy chicken satay, crispy tofu skin and root vegetable salad. Don’t skip on the gluten-free desserts, and make sure to grab a cuppa to go with the meal.
Shop 118, 1/F, Hong Kong Plaza, 188 Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun, 2838-3979.
Located right around the corner from beloved K-Roll, Supafood is from the people behind Sohofama, serving up some healthy goodness that you can take away in minutes. Though seats are limited, this is a great spot for al-desko lunches and quick grab-and-go snacks. If you’re counting calories, make sure to try the salad boxes with warm proteins like baked halibut and pulled pork shoulder paired with fresh greens and light dressings. Reaching for a snack? Try the gluten-free coconut or carrot cake supaballs instead.
1 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, 2812-6088.
After its first successful venture in Wan Chai, KASA opened a second outlet right on busy Wellington Street. With a menu that differs from the Hong Kong-inspired dishes in the original outlet, KASA Central has a focus on healthy renditions of Chinese dishes that place vegetables in the spotlight. The two-story space is a great option when you need a quick take-away that’s also packed with nutrients and flavors and served in recycled paper boxes. Sample dishes include: quinoa with minced chicken, dried cranberries and anchovy purée, cold tofu with homemade celery chili sauce and chili oil, and eggplant lasagne with homemade spicy tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese.
G/F, 61 Wellington Street, Central, 2868-6864.
Brought to you by restaurateur Christian Mongendre (formerly of Mana!) and ZS Hospitality group, HOME is a haven for vegans. It’s got wraps/flatbreads, as well as rice bowls, salads and even burgers that are clean and guilt-free. For a quick fix, try the Nourish shake for a pick-me-up — it’s a healthier but just-as-tasty version of a chocolate and banana ice-cream smoothie.
Shop G01-101, 77 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan, 2777-4777.
Pokeworld is the place to go for those sushi burritos that are all over your Facebook feeds. DIY the poke bowl you’ve been dreaming of here, because you can mix and match your proteins and dressings. We have our eyes on the salmon belly and tofu pokiritto (poke burrito) with wasabi mayo, rainbow masago with plenty of cucumber and Daikon sprouts. Need a drink? Wash your meal down with some cold-pressed juice for the full healthy package.
8 Hillier Road, Sheung Wan, 2811-2125.