Destination dining at its healthiest, Artichoke Canteen is nestled in an industrial building in Ap Lei Chau. With its very own lounge and garden, The restaurant is committed to serving “real” food – that is, ingredients that are locally sourced or organic where possible. They also aim to keep food true to its original flavour, and make dishes as healthy as possible. Think healthy, hearty fare, such as pumpkin and seared tuna salad, veggie burgers and lean grilled meats served with plenty of veg.
311, 3/F, Harbour Industrial Centre, 10 Lee Hing St., Ap Lei Chau, 2580-0293, artichokecanteen.com.
In response to customer demand, Divino Patio in Wan Chai has come up with a new health-conscious a la carte menu. Think standout dishes such as slow-cooked cuttlefish with Italian black rice and tomato salsa; baby spinach salad with quinoa, fresh fennel, grapefruit and pecans; or pan-seared swordfish steak with wild rocket and sun-blushed tomatoes.
Shop 11, 1/F, BRIM28, Causeway Bay Centre, 28 Harbour Rd., Wan Chai, 2877-3552, www.divinogroup.com.
Fish & Meat
Perched at the top of Wyndham Street, Fish & Meat offers a fuss-free dining experience with a focus on sustainably sourced clean proteins, cooked simply and served with healthy sides. Think atlantic mackerel with chickpeas and salsa verde, sustainably sourced tuna and compressed watermelon salad, grassfed beef tartare and fresh burrata with grilled peaches and vine tomatoes. Also has a private dining room for special occasions or meetings.
32 Wyndham St., Central, 2565-6788, www.fishandmeat.hk.
One of Hong Kong’s original vegetarian, sustainable restaurants, Grassroots Pantry is the place to go for vegetarian brunch and smart-casual dining in a stylish location. Also offers gourmet vegetarian catering as The Alternative Caterer.
108 Hollywood Rd., Sheung Wan, grassrootspantry.com.
Sustainable seafood in a lush Southside setting. The multi-course tasting menus are sublime, and there’s also a sushi bar if you want to go even lighter.
Shop 303-304, 3/F, The Pulse, 28 Beach Rd., Repulse Bay, 2889-5939, www.theocean.hk.
A trendy new spot in Sai Ying Pun, Okra may not bill itself as a healthy restaurant, but head chef Max Levy is in fact extremely passionate about healthy and sustainable eating. The menu leans heavily on tofu and seafood, with specialties including the nigiri tofu, which is made fresh daily; and the seaweed salad.
110 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, 2806-1038, www.okra.bar.
A hugely popular Italian-American-style bar/restaurant in SoHo that prides itself on sourcing locally and responsibly. Sister restaurant to Linguini Fini and Stone Nullah Tavern, who are also pioneers of the locavore movement.
28 Elgin St., Central, 2577-7160, www.postopubblico.com.
Pure Veggie House
A Buddhist vegetarian spot with a seriously Zen vibe that’s perfect for out-of-town guests on restricted diets. Think vegetarian stuffed dumplings, fried enoki mushrooms and black truffle mushroom pouches, all carefully crafted by master dim sum chefs, or for the evening, braised lotus leaves wrapped in winter melon; “Buddha’s Love” vegetarian casserole; or even Sichuan style bamboo roots in chili oil.
3/F, Coda Plaza, 51 Garden Rd., Mid-Levels, 2525-0552, topstandard.com.hk.
Longstanding IFC restaurant RED has recently launched a vegan fine-dining menu of seriously healthy plant-based starters, mains and desserts, all beautifully plated. Try the avocado and cashew gazpacho, the coconut wraps with avocado, quinoa and mango, or even the “Harvest Crumbe” with dairy-free ice cream.
Podium Level 4, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St., Central, 8129-8882, pure-red.com.
While this hotspot in Prince’s Building may be better known for its wraparound balcony, killer views and pricy cocktails, it actually offers a “We Vegetables” menu that offers fresh organic produce, from the golden saffron vegetable risotto with white truffle oil, to the Shanghainese style vegetable dumplings in vegetable broth and Indian paper dosas, there’s plenty here to keep plant eaters satisfied.
25/F, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Rd., Central, 2537-1388, www.sevva.hk.
A locavore Chinese restaurant in PMQ. Sources sustainable produce with as low a carbon footprint as possible and creates low-oil, low-MSG dishes with a taste of home cooking. Sipping a fresh coconut or an organic cocktail on the outdoor terrace is a real joy.
SG12-SG14, G/F, Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen St., Central, 2858-8238, sohofama.com.
A Middle-eastern restaurant that found a niche as a vegetarian eatery, but now offers quality meat dishes too. Think sharing plates of mezze, flatbreads and richly flavourful mains, as well as lean protein kebabs for paleo peeps. Also does private events.
4/F, Lee Wai Commercial Building, 1-3 Hart Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui,