New restaurants in Hong Kong to celebrate World Vegan Month
12 Nov 2020
With everyone prioritising health, the planet (or both!), there’s no better time to consider a diet shift than World Vegan Month. And while the world continues to recover and keep things moving, there is no shortage of new places to dine cruelty-free in Hong Kong. Here’s our picks!
Brought to us by Catch Concepts (the same crew behind Elementary), Chickpea is the newest (and one of the healthiest!) answer to working lunches and all-day errands. Perfect for urbanites constantly on-the-go living in the hustle and bustle of the city, their pita pockets and rice bowls are health-forward and travel-friendly! And to top it all off, their secret, housemade hummus is just sinfully delicious.
Chickpea, Shop 3, Union Commercial Building, 12-16 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central; https://www.instagram.com/chickpea.hk/
Appropriately-timed for World Vegan Month, the highly-anticipated MA has just opened right at the heart of Central. Helmed by chef Tina Barrat, the H18 Conet spot features French raw-vegan fare with a reimagined twist. In the current pandemic climate, diners have been searching for healthier options but still equally as delicious. If you’re looking to start November in a cruelty-free, MA offers a unique dining experience for vegans, carnivores and everything in between. Highlights include Portobello mushroom burgers smothered in cashew truffle sauce (HK$250), and well-renowned zoodles (read: raw zucchini noodles) tomato, caper and black olive to pesto, pine nut and arugula (HK$198). Cap it off with their low-carb and ketogenic-friendly Tiramisu (HK$95) or any of their nut-cheesecakes (prices start from HK$75).
MA, Shop No.11, 1/F, H18 Conet, 23 Graham Street, Central; +852 3165 1717; https://marestaurant.com.hk/
Even though the plant-based boba shop has been in business since the summer, Mother Pearl has made a mark thanks to their reimagined (and healthier!) sips. Located in Central, here you’ll find health-tea sips using ingredients that are made in-house and from scratch. From OG boba to seasonal drinks, there’s a sip perfect for you.
Mother Pearl, 25 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central; www.po-house.com
This is not exactly new but still something worth celebrating: Under the scheme “Year of the Veg”, Ovolo has become the first hotel group to become fully vegetarian across all ventures. Joining Veda is its Southside sister Komune. The all-day diner has since removed meats from its menu and debuted a revamped vegetarian concept. Dishes to look forward to are the Red pesto and beetroot pizza with zucchini, onion and black olive and the Charred guacamole and tomato waffle.
Komune, Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, 3460 8157; www.komune.com.hk
The Tea Academics
A first for Hong Kong, the Tea Academïcs is one of the newest ventures from The Academïcs Group. Located at LHT Tower, the latest addition to Queen’s Road boasts some of the finest hand-brew teas from different parts of the globe. On the menu is a variety of signature tea lattes made with dariy-free milks plus plant-based fare curated by Executive Chef Atisha Kumar. Highlights include the Ceremonial Japanese Usucha (HK$128) with ceremonial-grade matcha, the strong and malty Sri Lanka Ceylon Black Tea (HK$78) and the sweet and delicate Pink Chamomile (HK$78). Some of the dishes to look forward to are the Paratha Omelette (HK$88) with halloumi, sauteed onion, organic eggs, coriander and chilli, and the Beetroot Coconut Pancake (HK$78) with Greek yoghurt, candied banana, pistachio, and coconut flakes.
The Tea Academïcs, 1/F, LHT Tower, 31 Queen's Road, Central; +852 3187 7303; www.the-academicsgroup.com/the-teaacademics