Where to find the best plant-based burgers in Hong Kong
10 Mar 2020
With ever-increasing options for animal product-free eats, there’s never been a better time to have (or at least consider) a plant-based diet in Hong Kong. And when it comes to meatless burgers, we’re definitely not short of options. From soy protein to quinoa, here’s our pick of the best plant-based burgers in Hong Kong.
Beef & Liberty
Pioneers of the Impossible burger in Hong Kong, it’s safe to say that Michelin-recommended Beef & Liberty knows a thing or two about plant-based dining. They’re serious about more than beef though, with their sustainable, plant-based sister brand Leaves & Liberty, which features on all their menus, championing a selection of veg-forward fare that’s equally good for your taste buds and the planet.
What to try: Tuck into one of their bestsellers, The Quinoa (HK$99), with a home-made quinoa patty and vegan mayonnaise, oozing with flavours that pack a punch.
Beef & Liberty, various locations including 3/F, California Tower, 30-32 D'Aguilar Street, Central, +852 2450 5778; www.beef-liberty.com
From the same crew behind vegan grocer Green Common is eco-friendly Kind Kitchen. Best known for their signature Omnipork and Beyond dishes, this vegan diner also uses cruelty-free and dairy-free ‘meat’ alternatives made from ingredients like peas, non-GMO soy and shiitake mushrooms.
What to try: Go for the juicy Beyond Burger Plus (HK$108), served with vegan cheese and avocado. It’s 100 percent free of cholesterol, antibiotics or artificial additives.
Kind Kitchen, 1/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, +852 2110 0055; www.greenmonday.org
The Butchers Club Burger
While The Butchers Club Burger has made a name for itself with its dry-aged Australian Black Angus beef patties, the meat experts are making a stamp on the plant-based dining scene thanks to meat-free alternatives made with Beyond Meat and Impossible.
What to try: Join the (vegan) clan and tuck into the Beyond Wu Tang Style (HK$120) – this meat-free take on one of the diner’s signatures features a Sriracha-loaded Beyond patty and tempura sweet potatoes sandwiched in a vegan Scotch bap.
The Butchers Club Burger, various locations including Shop G34-35, G/F, K11 Art Mall, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui; www.thebutchers.club
When it comes to plant-based dining in the city, Central go-to Veggie SF has become a staple thanks to its selection of MSG-free fare. Inspired by the fab and quirky 1950s San Francisco, this vegan diner dishes up innovative plant-based plates with flavours from all over the globe.
What to try: Pay your respects to the Black Mamba himself and grub on Kobe’s Favourite (HK$158) made with a vegan ‘beef’ patty and tangy homemade barbecue sauce served with grilled onions, potato wedges and a side salad.
Veggie SF, 10/F, 11 Stanley Street, Central, +852 3902 3902; www.veggiesf.com
Look no further than H Code hotspot Treehouse for a wide range of meat-free flatbreads, burgers and grain bowls that are fully customisable to suit your palate.
What to try: For flavours that remind you of Home (if you know, you know) and pack a punch, their signature plant-based Forest burger (HK$90) made with beet and mushroom patties encased in a vegan sourdough bun will make you come back for seconds. Make it a complete meal (HK$128) with sides of sweet potato fries, daily fresh greens and homemade pickles, and wash it all down with a bottle of house-made lemonade (HK$40).
Treehouse, G/F, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, +852 3971 2277; treehouse.eco
They’re one of the most popular drinking spots in town, but friendly neighbourhood bar Shady Acres is also upping the ante when it comes to the weekend brunch game, with an excellent range of plates to suit all types of eaters.
What to try: Cure that hangover with Shady’s impossibly tasty Impossible cheeseburger (HK$125), with a meat-free patty, slabs of aged cheddar, charred onions and a generous serve of the secret Shady sauce.
Shady Acres, 46 Peel Street, Central; www.theshadyacres.com
In addition to a selection of plant-based pastries, longstanding Kwai Chung go-to Loving Nature is also home to an array of vegan dishes inspired from different parts of the globe, and at budget-friendly prices to boot.
What to try: Available on the all-day menu, Loving Nature’s signature dairy-free portobello mushroom and avocado cheeseburger (HK$80), served with soup, is perfect any time of the day, really. Pair it with a serve of pan-fried veggie dumplings (HK$36 for 6 pieces) or potato wedges (HK$26) because why not, honestly.
Loving Nature, Shop 107, 1/F, Edge, 30 Kwai Wing Road, Kwai Chung, +852 3628 3884; www.facebook.com/lovingnaturehk/
East TST mainstay Green, located within Hotel Icon, features an all-day selection of Southeast Asian and European fare – it’s also home to one of the largest vertical gardens in Asia.
What to try: Not your ordinary vegan burger, the brasserie’s gluten-free Impossible Burger 2.0 (HK$168) is oh so tender and loaded with flavour. It’s served with your choice of sides: French fries, sweet potato fries or green salad.
Green, Lobby, Hotel Icon, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, +852 3400 1300; www.hotelicon.com