Sorting out a vegetarian Christmas dinner or lunch can be a challenge. With its focus on turkey, stuffing and meat-heavy sides, herbivores historically miss out during the festive season, confined to a sad bowl of Brussels sprouts. That’s why we’ve rounded up the finest plant-based festive menus in town!

Nectar

A vegan Christmas dinner menu from Nectar, a plant-based restaurant in Hong Kong.

Undisputed leaders when it comes to the city’s plant-based cuisine movement, head chef Peggy Chan has concocted a festive menu that skips the meat without sacrificing on decadence. Christmas Dinner Pie made with braised cabbage and tofu sausage stuffing ($208) goes down a treat, as does the bai ling mushroom cutlet and gravy, served with sweet potato mash, beetroot slaw, and peas n’ beans ($258). A five-course Christmas menu is available on Christmas Eve from 6-10pm for $758. Festive menu available from December 20-26.

108 Hollywood Rd., Sheung Wan, 2873-3353, nectarexperience.co.

The Globe

The vegan roast, a vegetarian Christmas dinner option at The Globe in Hong Kong.

More than just its impressive selection of beers and sports, this popular traditional British pub in SoHo also serves up some mean vegan recipes to please its plant-based punter. Their Christmas lunch menu this year includes a roasted mushroom and puy lentil pate, followed by a plant-based roast made from tempeh and beans, and served with all the trimmings like potatoes, parsnips and Brussels sprouts. $420. Available from December 3-25.

45-52 Graham St., Central, 2543-1941, theglobe.com.hk.

nood food

Plant-based meatloaf, a vegetarian Christmas dinner option at nood food in Hong Kong.
Homemade ground meatloaf with vegetables

Made with plant-based Impossible meat, this vegan meatloaf set from Pure Fitness chain nood food ($133) is a hearty substitute for the traditional beef and pork. Pair with your fave carb or veggies for a perfectly balanced meal. Available at Kinwick and Starstreet Precinct branches from December 11-25.

Kinwick Centre, 32 Hollywood Rd., Central, 8199-8189; Starstreet, 3 Wing Fung St., Wan Chai, 2298-5310.

Beet

Haute cuisine meets rustic charm at this succinctly-named restaurant that emphasises seasonal and locally sourced ingredients on its ever-changing menu. Their Seasonal Vegetarian Tasting Menu is a sumptuous feast fit for the holidays, and includes a baked beetroot with ricotta (or cashew, for vegans) that’s made with golden beets that are poached in homemade kombucha, beetroot vinegar and dressed with a blend of local herbs and gooseberry vinegar. $780.

6 Kau U Fong, Central, 2824-3898, beetrestaurant.com.

Habitu

OK, so it’s another beet dish – but with a name that adorable, how could we skip it? For festive feasts in your home or office, Habitu’s catering options serve up a plant-based take on Beef Wellington, wrapping juicy beetroot in buttery pastry puff then baking until it’s golden and flaky. Order on its own for $550 or go for one of their festive set meals, which come with sides like pastas and kale avocado tahini salad.

For catering inquiries, please contact 3550-0023 or email [email protected]

VEDA

For something a little more exotic, you could also opt for some South Asian fare. This vegetarian/vegan restaurant tucked away in the Ovolo Hotel in Central does wonders with its plant-based menu, and the Baked Aloo Gobi is a showstopper. A whole head of cauliflower is baked until it’s meltingly tender and served with crispy potatoes and curry sauce.

2 Arbuthnot Rd., Central, 3755-3067, veda.com.hk

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