Looking for a healthy lunch option in bustling Wan Chai? We’ve done the research and deduced that this hood’s lunch offerings are well above average, ranking for taste, quality, and value. From upmarket prix fixe to cheap and cheerful options, here are the best healthy lunch options you’ll find in Wan Chai.
Despite some steep competition, this neighbourhood smokehouse stands alone when it comes to its lunch set ($160 for 3 courses, inc. dessert). Starters include light, spreadable bites served with fresh rye bread, like whipped mackerel or eggplant carpaccio, while mains showcase deliciously smoky flavours, like grilled chicken thigh with tahini and tomato or smoked sweet potato with feta, farro, and crunchy asparagus – bonus points for having a vegetarian dish that rivals the meat option!
G/F, 9 Ship St., Wan Chai, 3101-1081, mrbrownhk.com.
Le Garcon Saigon
Lunch sets at this effortlessly chic brasserie will run you a bit more ($198), but for the level of freshness and quality ingredients, it’s well worth it. Starters include a light salad and soup (both vegetarian), followed by a choice of beautifully smoked mains. The chargrilled Wagyu beef on rice noodles with fresh veggies and herbs is sublime, but there’s plenty of inventive tofu options if you’re going meat-free. Try the smoked coconut sorbet (vegan) with a shot of coffee poured over it for dessert, or an aftermeal Vietnamese coffee prepared for you tableside.
G/F, 12-18 Wing Fung St., Wan Chai, 2455-2499, legarconsaigon.com.
The pastry-lovers’ perennial favourite, Bakehouse’s weekday lunch set offers more substantial fare, such as a mouthwatering kale and avocado salad with dried figs and parmesan-pesto dressing. Mix and match courses depending on your mood ($108 for two courses; $148 for three), and make sure to save room for one of their signature tarts off the dessert menu.
14 Tai Wong Street East, Wan Chai, bakehouse.hk.
This kaleidoscopic Brazilian-Japanese restaurant on Lee Tung Avenue is hard to miss, and that’s a very good thing because the lunch sets here shouldn’t be missed. Choose from a menu of adorable bento boxes ($138) that are filled with fun Nipo-Brasileiro bites, like snapper passion fruit ceviche, edamame salad or panko mushrooms.
Shop 18-20, G/F, Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, 2617-2900, lecomptoir.hk/djapa
Casual vegetarian buffet concept that rings in at $98 for lunch.
181 Hennessy Rd., Wan Chai, 2333-6207
Social enterprise that hires hearing-impaired staff, serving Cantonese-style vegetarian food in a casual cafe setting.
1/F, Bayfield Building, 99 Hennessy Rd., Wan Chai, 2529-3338
GREAT Food Hall
Super salads and healthy to-go options for the Queen’s Road East lunch crowd.
LG, Two Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2918-9986
Cafe & Meal MUJI
Ah, soothing Japanese minimalism. Get your rice and then select from various options, from grilled fish to veggies, for a perfectly balanced plate.
Shop G05B, G/F, Hopewell Centre, 180 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, 3971-3280
Isoya Japanese Vegetarian
A vegetarian Japanese fine-dine. For the lunch set, there’s an attractive tray with small mouthfuls exquisitely presented and a nourishing bowl of noodles in broth to finish.
9F, 83 Wan Chai Rd., Wan Chai, 5500-8812
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