Hong Kong’s dining scene is among the most diverse in the world, but its commitments to sustainability remain limited. Although there have been increased efforts to promote eco-friendly practices in the city, there’s still a lot of room for improvement. Nonetheless, we will celebrate those who are well on the bandwagon, which can hopefully serve as inspiration for up-and-coming restaurants. Here are the gamechangers – who happen to also have at least one Michelin star.
Opened by Chef Simon Rogan, a famous British restauranteur, Roganic presents a truly farm-to-table concept in the heart of the city. Each dish sources ingredients fresh from the New Territories. You can expect the most beautiful presentations at this fine dining space, which holds one MICHELIN star and a MICHELIN Green Star for its commitment to sustainability.
When Chef Richard Ekkebus took the kitchen reigns of Amber, he had a vision in mind – to offer an exquisite sustainable fine dining experience. The contemporary French restaurant at Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel has held onto its two Michelin-stars for 14 consecutive years and earned The Michelin Green Star in 2022. As you would expect, its eco-friendly ethos is prominent throughout. From its dairy-free ingredients to the lack of meats, the dishes instead focus on local organic produce and sustainable seafood. Amber works with plant-based alternatives to plastic packaging too.
VEA’s Chinese-meets-French philosophy combines the best of both cuisines. The MICHELIN restaurant pays tribute to Chef Vicky Cheng’s Hong Kong childhood with French finesse. In terms of sustainability, VEA sources herbs from its own garden using fertilizer decomposed from food scraps. Plus, the team sources local brands including wines and teas.
TATE elevates the fine dining experience with its beautiful setting, top-notch menus and exceptional service. Chef Vicky Lau’s six to eight-course menus use ingredients that are mainly locally sourced, with occasional exceptions like the Australian Wagyu and Hokkaido scallop. As if its two Michelin stars are not reason enough to visit, take note of the sustainable practices. Last year, its seasonal Ode to Earth menu was a vegetarian lunch menu with tea pairing devoted to nature’s finest treasures.
An intimate hideaway in bustling Central, MONO pays tribute to Latin American cuisine by Chef Ricardo Chaneton. The 30-seater space welcomes gourmands with its expansive chef’s counter to watch the magic happen in front of your eyes. Earning its place in the Michelin Guide 2022 with a MICHELIN star, the restaurant also celebrates responsible ingredient sourcing using seasonal highlights.
Boasting two MICHELIN stars, Bo Innovation is a vibrant space decked in quirky murals and quintessential comic figures. The restaurant recently teamed up with sustainability pioneers TiNDLE vegan chicken to offer a plant-based option on its menu.
This Korean joint quickly won the hearts of Hong Kong diners with its modern iterations on classic dishes. Chef Mingoo Kang is no stranger to accolades, thanks to the success of Mingles, in Seoul, which holds two MICHELIN stars. Hansik Goo has followed suit, earning a MICHELIN star this year. It highlights traditional Korean heritage with modern flavors, using locally-sourced ingredients wherever possible.