Breakfast might be the most important meal of the day, but not for us at Sassy HQ. As soon as it hits 11am, we start discussing what to eat for lunch. Salads because we’re trying to be “healthy”, a rice bowl because we’re vying for some comfort food, or even a delicious toasted sandwich… yep, the options around our office are endless. So we bring you our favourite reasonably priced eats around Sheung Wan under $100… mainly because we can’t stop talking about food.
Dandan Soul Food From Sichuan
Oh, Jerome, we owe you an apology. We’ve dined at Dandan Soul Food From Sichuan countless times over the last few years and have yet to let our Sassy readers in on your comforting fare. But know this, we do love you and your spicy Sichuan noodles so very much. And that velvety tofu is just that: velvety, silky and divine. The set lunch starts from $70 for a main, appetiser and a drink. Oh, you can choose your spice level, too.
Dandan Soul Food From Sichuan, Grand Millennium Plaza, 181 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, www.dandanhk.com
Knead is a new favourite of ours at Sassy HQ. Opt for either a salad or a sandwich with delicious ingredients. Select your bread, meats, veggies, cheese and other toppings. You can make your own or go for one of the suggestions on their menu, dine in or takeaway. The choice is yours…
Knead, 28 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.kneadhk.com
If you’re after finger-lickin’ chicken, you’ve got to check out one of our go-to lunch spots: La Rotisserie. Their set lunch is $75 for a quarter roast chicken, side dish of the day and either a bowl of hearty soup or an iced tea. Check out our review here.
La Rotisserie, G/F, 33 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.larotisserie.com.hk
Purple Tomato is another make-your-own salad spot, or rather, modify-your-own salad. Choose from one of their salads off the menu, including Cesar, Greek or their special P. Tomato. The ladies behind the counter are super friendly and may even throw an extra topping or two in there for you. A salad box is around $70, depending on what’s in it.
Purple Tomato, Shop 2A, Kai Fun Building, 2 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Hit up K-Roll if you’re in the mood for a little spicy Korean goodness. We’re partial to a Fire K-Bowl ($75), although beware – this one has made some of us tear up in the office while eating it! They also have a great Bibimbap and decent veggie options if you’re following Green Monday. Check out our review here.
K-Roll, G/F, Sen Fat Building, 6A Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.k-roll.com.hk
In the mood for pho? Sometimes we are on a cold winter’s day. The food at noodle mi is delicious and packed with flavour, and all items have no MSG, unnatural additives or artificial flavours; you can just taste the freshness. Head there early if you’re eating in as it fills up pretty quickly. A bowl of pho starts at $65. Check out our review here.
noodle mi, G/F, 2 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.noodle-mi.com
Our nickname for this place is “Mr. Cat”, purely because most of us can’t translate French. Regardless of the ridiculous moniker we’ve given it, we love the salad sets at Monsieur Chatte, a quaint French spot that’s two minutes away from the office. For $79, you’ll get a hearty salad with up to four ingredients as well as a cup of delicious home made soup. We’re big fans of the pumpkin soup.
Monsieur Chatte, 121 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.monsieurchatte.com
Little Burro is a definite favourite of ours at Sassy HQ, not just because we’re a little obsessed with guac. Anyway, who doesn’t love a pulled pork taco or two ($78 for two)? Opt for a rice bowl or a salad bowl ($78) with all the trimmings if you’re in the mood. Or even a skinny burrito ($65), because, well, that’s how we roll…
Little Burro, 1 Upper Station Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.little-burro.com
Who doesn’t love the poké at Pololi, which is literally a minute away from the office? Choose between Ahi Tuna or Non-Ahi options, pair it with rice or salad or a mix of both, and prepare to be bowled over. A bowl with one of the pre-made selections is $90, but you can build your own poké bowl too, for $100.
Pololi, G/F, Centre Mark II, 305-313 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.pololikai.com
We pop in here from time to time for a good cup of jo’, but Why 50 offers so much more than that. Their tartines (open sandwiches) are full of deliciousness, and the vibe in here is super cool and quite hipster. Definitely one of our favourites.
Why 50, Shop E, G/F, 27 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/why50hk
Dim Sum Square
Ahh… some of us are partial to a good ol’ fashion har gao (steamed shrimp dumpling) at Sassy HQ for lunch. Who doesn’t love this staple Hong Kong meal? Dim Sum Square is great value for money, and you’ll definitely leave feeling satisfied. Get here early for lunch though, the queue can go round the block!
Dim Sum Square, G/F, 88 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Schragels is the authority on true New York-style bagels in the 852. Stop by their Sheung Wan eatery for an indulgent poppy seed bagel schmeared with a chive cream cheese. Or whack on some lox if you’re in the mood.
Schragels, Shop 1, G/F, 17 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.schragels.com
Don Buri Kings
Since Don Buri Kings opened up in December, we’ve been addicted to the warm bowls of fluffy Japanese rice and cooked salmon Teriyaki. And by addicted, we mean we go there at least once a week. Okay, more like twice a week… maybe even three times a week?! All you need to know is that it’s delicious. Choose from a variety of ‘dons’ at lunch (we always go for salmon Teriyaki but the veggie curry is great too) and you’ll get a flavourful miso soup or ice tea too. Prices range from $51-$100.
Don Buri Kings, G/F, 33 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Other Sassy favourites
And if you want a healthy, reasonably priced snack, we’re regulars at Thyme on Hillier Street in Sheung Wan (next to La Rotisserie and Don Buri Kings). You can grab a cup of fresh fruit or a choose from a huge range of fruit juices… mango and orange is always a winner, or go for an adventurous combo like passionfruit and pineapple!