‘You are what you eat.’ Bearing this old saying in mind, we’ve rounded up a few of the city’s best nutritious and healthy food selections. It’s time to take your diet (and your Instagram food game) to the next level.
Healthy living and achieving wellness are at the core of Grassroots Pantry’s philosophy.
Chef Peggy Chan founded Grassroots Pantry in 2012 to support eco-conscious practices and complement particular dietary needs. Sustainable, organic and locally-sourced ingredients are used to create wholesome dishes like soft-shelled maki roll, signature mixed mushroom linguine and Moroccan tagine stew. The restaurant’s clean lines, muted colours and tropical plantations complement their food and give the restaurant a homey feel.
Shop D, G/F, CentreStage, 108 Hollywood Road, Central, 2873 3353, grassrootspantry.com
Set in a two-storey space on Wellington Street, Kasa works on the concept of convenient healthy takeaway with a sit-down area on the second floor.
Kasa offers a MSG-free, vegetable-centric twist on contemporary Cantonese flavours. The team changes the menu regularly to keep things fresh. But the sweet potato noodles with sauteed shiitake mushrooms and onsen egg is a popular favourite. Plus the team blends as much local and raw ingredients as possible in their beverages. Long lines can be seen at Kasa during lunch hour so get in early.
G/F, 61 Wellington Street, 2868 6864, facebook.com/kasahongkong
Perched on top of an industrial building in Wong Chuk Hang, 3/3rds is a cafe serving all things fresh and healthy. The cafe has a cosy and rustic ambience – filled with couches and wooden furniture.
The menu changes regularly with the likes of salads, sandwiches, soups and pizzas. Plus a variety of cakes and pastries. The team has welcomed a rooftop garden where they can grow their own herbs to ensure freshness of the ingredients used in their food. The rooftop is also open for customers to dine alfresco during service and can be hired for events.
Find out more about 3/3rds’ philosophy in our interview with owner Daniel Wan here: southside.hk/2015/08/a-look-into-33rds-in-wong-chuk-hang/
22/F, Unit 22D, Yally Industrial Building, 6 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang, 3462 2951, three-3rds.com
Newly opened Sweetpea Cafe is a cute little spot of gluten-free goodness. Hidden on the steps of Shin Hing Street, it rocks a quaint vibe with wooden decor and high chairs for the kids.
Co-owner Angela Hon started with humble beginnings, baking for friends and family. But has now made her dreams come true with a permanent spot for her savoury and sweet offerings. Favourites include acai berry bowl, breakfast tartine, and their ‘not-your-ordinary scrambled eggs’. With different egg-and dairy-free selections available each week, Sweetpea’s macarons, cakes and donuts are delicately decorated and if described in one word, pretty comes to mind.
G/F, 4 Shin Hing St, Central, 3689 7269, facebook.com/SweetpeaPatisserieHK/
Home Eat to Live
Located in a comfortable and homey two-storey space on Des Voeux Road, the decor reflects its name completely – to feel at home.
The restaurant sports wooden and earthy furnishing with sofas and long communal tables. Serving plant-based cuisine and employing eco-friendly practices, Home Eat to Live aims to inspire Hongkongers to take on a healthy lifestyle. Using organic ingredients as much as possible, produce is sourced from a web of local farms to create nutritious salad bowls, soups, wraps, desserts and more.
Shop G01 & 101, 77 Des Voeux Road Central, 2777 4777, homerestauranthk.com
Blending health and wellness with like-minded individuals’ lifestyle, The Elephas brings wholesome healthy food to Hong Kong.
Situated inside Warrior Academy, a training facility, gym junkies can indulge in anything from fully raw, gluten-free snacks and everything in between. The menu has Asian flavours and sees the likes of a salmon burrito bowl, home-made healthy pastries, and nutritious smoothies. The Elephas also has a dedicated coffee bar with beans from Vietnam, India and Indonesia and a special The Elephant Blend.
Shop 118, 1/F, Hong Kong Plaza, 188 Connaught Road West, 2838 3979, theelephas.com
Following a plant-based diet, Green Common hopes to inspire a holistic and sustainable lifestyle in their guests. Located on 1,000 sq ft of space the restaurant can accommodate up to 50 people. Made up of superfoods,
The Rainbowl includes quinoa, kale and blueberries. Otherwise, try the Hainan Runaway Chicken and the Soba So Good for something more substantial. Green Common also offers a Superkids menu, which include Freeing Nemo, a Gardein fish burger and a kid-friendly Rainbowl – the Magic Rainbow. There is also a green store where diners can purchase all the superfood ingredients.
Shop OT G61, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 17 Canton Road, 3102 1220, greencommon.com
While you’re here, why not check out our picks of Hong Kong’s best restaurants with a view: southside.hk/2017/03/best-restaurants-views-hong-kong/