Ohms Cafe launches vegan lunch bento
Located right at the Sheung Wan end of Hollywood Road, Ohms Cafe is a small and friendly fairtrade restaurant with a focus on vegan cuisine. This month they’ve launched a cute vegan bento box lunch option, complete with fresh organic ingredients such as brown rice, local vegetables and tofu. Every day the cafe offers a choice of two different bento boxes, each with three dishes and rice ($58), and you can add a freshly-prepared daily soup for just $20. Ohms is also encouraging its patrons to reduce waste, and offers reusable containers for a $100 refundable deposit.
192 Hollywood Rd., Sheung Wan, 5400-4236, www.facebook.com/ohmshk2017.
An eight-course Japanese vegan menu at Matsunichi
If you love trying innovative veggie menus, and find yourself anywhere near Kowloon Bay, you’ll want to check out Japanese restaurant Matsunichi’s new eight-course “Vegetarian Vibes” menu ($600). Devoted to showcasing some of Japan’s rare and seasonal vegetables through “Sojin Ryori,” a method of vegetarian cooking practised by Buddhist monks in Japan, the menu includes a seaweed soup, taro dumplings, as well as a selection of colourful vegetarian nigiri sushi. The highly nutritious menu then moves on to tomato tofu crafted with three kinds of tomatoes and served with a house-made vinegar jelly; and crispy tempura using vegetables prized for their medicinal effects such as nutritious maitake mushrooms. This menu is available on weekends for lunch and dinner and for “Meatless Mondays” from now until the end of May.
Level 2, Goldin Financial Global Centre, 17 Kai Cheung Rd., Kowloon Bay, 3188-2760, www.matsunichi.com.hk.
Dear Lilly’s surprisingly healthy menu options
Taking over the glass-walled space on the rooftop of IFC mall, Dear Lilly is a beautifully decorated restaurant serving contemporary European cuisine that pays homage to classic Mediterranean flavours. While it’s been making headlines for it dizzyingly romantic design (helmed by renowned interior designer Ashley Sutton), the food is well worth mentioning too. While we loved their take on classic comfort dishes (think rich puttanesca pappardelle and decadent choco-caramel tart), we were also impressed by their lighter and more nutritionally balanced options. Think slow-cooked octopus with roasted pepper salsa; rocket and seaweed hummus; and the interesting salad selection. Our favourite was the curly kale salad with quinoa – full of seeds, red radish and finished off with a fresh orange vinaigrette.
Shop 4010, Podium Level 4, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St., Central, 2771-6060, www.diningconcepts.com.