Hong Kong’s Healthy Restaurant Guide, 2016

By Lau  /  January 8, 2016
If you have over-indulged over the festive season, we’ve compiled the list of healthy places in Central district so you kickstart 2016 on the right foot.  Our top picks for healthy eateries serves vegan meals, raw food, detox juices, smoothies, gluten-free options and uses organic local produce. Here’s to a healthy 2016 ! 

Urban bakeryurbanbakery_butterboomFor an affordable healthy lunch at the Landmark, head to Urban Bakery (also part of Maxim’s group). With sleek interiors inspired by London Street culture, Urban Bakery is set in a cozy yet urban dining space with walls designed by Portuguese Graffiti Artist Vhils. Urban Bakery is a great place to pick up a healthy salad box for lunch in Central but they are better known for their freshly baked croissant. 

Shop 322, 3/F, Landmark Atrium, 12-16 Des Voeux Rd. Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 3565-4320

Fish & Meatfish_and_meat_butterboomHidden away on the on the corner of Wyndham Street and Glenealy is Fish & Meat. This trendy restaurant offers simple seafood and meat dishes with fresh ingredients that nourishes your body. The kitchen is helmed by chef Russell Doctrove, who has over 10 years of experience cooking in some of top restaurants in the world including Michelin-starred restaurant Gordon Ramsey, and Amber to name a few. The menu focuses on farm-to-table ingredients to create rustic-style dishes with fish and meat options.

32 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 2565-6788 www.fishandmeat.hk

 Genie Juicerygenie_juicery_butterboomGenie Juicery has been the talk of the town for a while for their juice cleanse programs which lasts for multiple days. Detoxers drink strictly juices to cleanse their bodies of nasties. Designed for busy city-dwellers keep fit on the go to stay healthy with no added fuss. For those who don’t’ want a cleanse program, you can visit their juice bar at IFC where you can pick up juices, smoothies and healthy snacks like raw granola.

2096B, ifc Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 2803-0369 www.geniejuicery.com

Mana! Fast Slow Foodmana_hongkong_butterboomLocated on the steep slopes of Wellington Street is Mana, a small cafe for health junkies looking for vegetarian grab-and-go meals with gluten-free options. Mana Raw is a smaller version of the original Mana, just a few steps away at 97 Wellington Street. Each item on the menu is packed full of nutritional goodness. Their speciality, toasted wraps offers over 15 choices of fillings from grilled vegetable, humus, falafel to salad. Or get their delicious tofu burger for hearty satisfying meal. With yoghurt bowls full of vitamins like acai berries, raw granola and cacao and healthy juices and drinks like the wheatgrass shot, Mana is one of the most popular places for healthy eaters, be prepared to wait as their lunch queue is usually very long.

92 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong. Tel:2581-1611 www.mana.hk

Nood Food nood_butterboomNood is Pure Fitness’s new health food cafe that opened in 2015 to cater to Pure Fitness’s members and also the demand for healthy food amongst the expats living in Midlevels. Located on the ground floor of Pure Fitness Centre in the middle of Soho next to the Midlevels escalators, Nood is conveniently located so you can grab a healthy meal on the way to work. Gym members can grab a protein shake or a vitamin packed juiced after their workout. There is a hot food section and salads bar where you can pack a healthy lunch to work and a prepackaged food section for grab and go healthy snacks and juices.  The bar opens from 7am till late.

32 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 8199-8189  www.allnood.com

Organic 21 organic21_butterboomOpened by a local NGO (Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups) and as the name suggests, Oraganic 21 is a healthy restaurant that uses ingredients sourced from their own organic farm in Yuen Long, the only USDA certified farm in Hong Kong. Organic 21 has an all white clean interior; ceiling, walls, tables and chairs that sets a clean eating atmosphere. The menu is starkly all vegetarian and they serve breakfast, brunch and lunch. You can pick up your organic food at their grocery shop next door.
60 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 3104-9134 
Open Kitchen
openkitchen_butterboomOpen Kitchen, formerly Simply Life is popular choice for those working in IFC and queues during lunch hours speak for itself. There’s a decent selection of food which are reasonably priced like sandwiches, pasta and risotto dishes under HK$200. We love the their salad bar that serves a range of delicious healthy greens. Choose from roasted pumpkin salad, french beans, mixed grilled vege, mushroom salads and lots more, all made with fresh ingredients and comes in generous portions.
Shop 1081, 1/F, ifc Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 2234-7356 www.simplylife.com.hk 
Veggie SF
As the name suggests, Veggie SF is a 1950s-themed San Francisco diner serving strictly vegetarian dishes. The decor is decked out with vintage collectibles and American memorabilia that takes you back in time with old ice skates, dated advertisements and signed football and helmets. The restaurant is a refreshing addition to Hong Kong’s American-themed dining scene and offers hearty vegetarian comfort food like ratatouille and vege burgers, don’t forget to save room for dessert, the chocolate cake is popular. 
11 Stanley St, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 3902-3902 www.veggiesf.com
Wasabi Warriors
wasabi warriors_butterboomLocated on Stanley Street is Wasabi Warriors, a takeaway where you can drop by tasty sushi bites and rolls.  Originally from Australia, they expanded its empire in 2015 after finding huge success in their hometown with 50 stores since its inception back in 2010. We love the eco-friendly concepts like ingredients using free-range chicken and sustainable Norwegian salmon with organic vegetables and the taste which does not disappoint. 
50 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 2323-1512 www.wasabiwarriors.com.hk
Sheung Wan
Dandy’s Organic  Café
For health concience fans looking for vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free options in the heart of Sheung Wan, head to Dandy’s Organic Cafe. The kitchen is headed up by Chef Vivi Cheung, who is no stranger to the Hong Kong organic scene having opened food shop Organic Land and O Green Café. With the aim to promote healthy eating, Dandy’s Organic Cafè offers a broad range of nutritional eastern and western dishes like risottos, pastas, brown rice, steaks, desserts and salads.
108 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. Tel:2815-8221
Eat Right 
eatright_butterboomEat Right offers healthy alternatives to the insanely rich and unhealthy meals around Hong Kong. Most items on the menu taste are delicious and doesn’t skimp out on the flavour. We love their signature cuban bean rice salad and their organic wholewheat pancakes with blueberry compote that leaves us pleasantly satisfied without feeling guilty. For those who need a something more filling, try their baked salmon fillet or the Thai chicken and mango salad. On top of that, owner Martin Lorentsson offers a food program for those who are too busy to  follow a diet with meals are tailored to your body’s needs and delivered to your doorstep.
23 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 2868-4832 www.eatright.com.hk
Kale kale_hongkongKale is a modern restaurant serving  vegetarian and meat options that which took us by surprise as most healthy eateries only serve vegetarian dishes. Kale offers a selection of nutritious food that’s both flavourfull and good for the body. Apart from the usual salad and soup options, there’s a variety of meaty choices like Cajun Chicken and Kale Crab Fried Rice.

1-3 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. Tel: www.kale.com.hk

Fresca fresca_butterboomNew to Hong Kong’s healthy eating scene is Fresca, a vegetarian restaurant that just opened in late 2015 on 54 Hollywood Road. Fresca serves a selection of salad, soups and sandwiches that uses ingredients only from local farms. The location is small and seats no more than 25. The place is decked out with cute clay pieces of farm animals and glass jars with miniature gardens.  

54-58 Hollywood Rd, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 2770-2282 www.frescahk.com
Grassroot Pantry 

grassrootpantry_butterboomGrassroot Pantry is a hip vegetarian cafe located on Hollywood Road on Upper Shueng Wan. The place is headed up by Peggy Chan who’s very passionate about healthy eating sustainable farming and organic food. Designed like a cosy English home, the dining area is like a living room decorated with flowers, plant pots, rustic interiors, whimsical wallpaper and antique pieces.  Be prepared for delicious healthy food as the menu is designed to impressed. Order a Thai vegetable curry, Japanese soba noodles or Schezuan Vegetable Stir Fry. 

108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. Tel: 29871-3353  www.grassrootspantry.com
K-Roll is a small Korean joint opened by 3 Korean ladies living in Hong Kong. Known for cheap Korean food that’s both tasty and healthy, this is the place to go to for a quick healthy bite. The food here is good value for money, with an array of interesting choices to choose from especially popular are their rolls and wraps. K-Roll make light, healthy and extremely delicious food with plenty of hearty dishes to offer like the Korrito—a Korean burrito, rice bowls, bento boxes and the usual Korean speciality dishes like bibimbap, japchae (potato noodles) and dukbokki (spicy rice cakes).
6A Bonham Strand, G/F Sen Fat Building, Hong Kong. Tel:  2234-5505 www.k-roll.com
Noodle Mi
Having opened in 2012, Noodle Mi brings a healthy interpretation of Vietnamese cuisine that’s MSG free. Guests can expect traditionally Vietneseame dishes including rice vermicelli dishes, gluten-free pho, snacks and banh mi. We highly recommend the salami and lemongrass beef banh mi as the broth tastes healthy but lacks in flavour. We love the casual friendly atmosphere in Noodle Mi with their white and orange walls and wooden decor. 
2 Bonham Strand East, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. Tel: 2253-1113 www.noodle-mi.com
The Kinnet Café
Hidden away on the 3rd floor of The Kinnet Wellness Centre is Kinnet Café, a cafe serving a range of hot healthy organic meals like Shakshuta baked egg, pumpkin and carrot soup, quinoa and sweet corn cakes and the standard gluten-free options. The space is lovely and bright with a beautiful outdoor seating to set the laidback atmosphere. 
3/F, The Kinnet Wellness Centre, 33 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan. Tel: 2968-7600 www.thekinnetcafe.com
Anything But Salad
Co-founded by Calista Goh, Anything But Salad (ABS) started as a snack business but after requests from clients, ABS went into catering business. As the name suggests, ABS is a cafe that cooks up a variety of healthy dishes (besides from salads) with a focus on on raw desserts and packaged goods. These include customized raw cakes, coconut yogurt, kombucha, VICE (Vegan ICE-cream), chocolate chip cookies, truffles and wide assortment of raw snacks like dried tomatoes and flax crackers.
14 Tai Ping Shan Street, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 6743-5000 www.anythingbutsalads.com

pololi_butterboomInspired by Hawaiian cuisine, Pololi is a take-out joint decorated in tiki tiki themed decor like surfboards and painted waves on walls to create a Hawaiian relaxed atmosphere. The menu is all about healthy ‘poke’ sashimi bowls, which are cubes of seasoned raw tuna mix with salad, rice or both. Seating is limited at Pololi with 4 counter seats, but we saw customers eating on the steps outside. 

313 Queen’s Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. Tel: 2511-1106  www.pololikai.com

Sai Ying Pun
Locofama locofama_butterboomCo-founded by Chef Justin Chan, Locofama is a great place for those looking for some peace and quiet away from the busy city life to sit and read a book. We love the white walls, wooden rustic decor, open space, long wooden tables and open kitchen allowing guests to watch chefs cook. Come here for simple healthy food made from fresh intervenes and flavours are equally well balanced. 

 9-13 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong. Tel: 2547-7668  www.locofama.com


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