We often have an inner debate about lunchtime. Should I meal prep in the evening to save money, or should I splurge on a delicious meal? Luckily for you, these Central restaurants give you the chance to feast on the food that you’ve been craving, without hurting your wallet. Whether you’re in the mood for a piping hot bowl of ramen, a filling salad, or a hearty Banh Mi, we’ve got you covered with our roundup of the best lunch deals in Central for under $100.
NOC is a relative newcomer here in Hong Kong, but it’s certainly made its mark with six stylish locations across the city. Its coffee options are extensive (as the name suggests), but it’s well worth checking out the tasty food menu. The Avocado Smash ($94) comes highly recommended and can be found on the menu at both the Graham Street and Gough Street locations. Think sourdough toast, piled with ripe, smashed avocados and served with a sprinkling of feta cheese and pomegranate seeds. This perfectly balanced lunch option will fill you up, and still leave you change from $100! If you’re feeling a bit naughtier, go for the Loaded Potato Waffle ($78) at Gough Street, which comes with half an avocado and a sunny-side up egg. You can even add bacon for an extra $20 (go on, you know you want to!). Don’t forget to inform the friendly staff if you have any special dietary requirements.
When: Both locations open daily, 8am to 6pm
Where: 34 Graham Street, Central, Hong Kong; 18 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Graham Street: Food items range between $68 and $94; Gough Street: Food items range between $74 and $118
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Who says fast food can’t be healthy? A staple of veggies, MANA! cooks up plant based foods that are good for both the environment and your health! We love the delicious flatbreads here, which are baked in the restaurants own brick oven, before being smothered in “zaatar” (a combination of sesame seeds, thyme, sumac and sea salt). Try out one of the Signature Flats ($50 for half, $85 to $95 for full), or opt for a small Salad Box, which includes a selection of daily salads ($78). You can also create your own Flat, which is rolled up with four toppings of your choice ($50 for half, $90 for full).
When: Open daily, from 10am to 10pm
Where: 92 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $50 for half Flats, $85 to $95 for full Flats and $78 for a small Salad Box
This is the ideal place to grab a takeaway lunch in Central. We always love the opportunity to customise our lunch, so it’s no surprise that we’re huge fans of Maison Libanaise. You will be able to choose from a selection of delicious proteins, such as Maison’s Falafel ($78), Za’atar Fried Chicken ($98) and Harissa Roasted Cauliflower ($88). Next, decide whether you want the protein in a wrap, salad, or rice bowl. Finally, top your meal off with some of its mouth-watering sauce options. We recommend opting for the Cucumber Labneh and the Red Harissa.
When: Open daily, from 11am to 11pm
Where: 10 Shelley Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $78 to $98
It’s no wonder that this bustling wonton noodle restaurant has been Michelin recommended for the past 10 years. Locals and tourists alike frequent this famous establishment, which is packed daily. Every dish on Tsim Chai Kee’s short menu has been perfected, but our favourite is the King Prawn Wonton Noodles ($32). All of the dishes are perfectly complemented by its famous chilli sauce.
When: Open daily, from 9am to 10pm
Where: 98 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Noodle dishes range from $32 to $50
Sushi lovers rejoice! Chotto Maki is about to become your go-to lunch spot. The main draw of this Japanese resto is the option to create your own roll ($78). Choose from a wide array of flavours and ingredients, including tofu skin, kimchi, tempura and truffle mayo. If you aren’t feeling creative, opt for one of the delicious and experimental signature rolls, like the Chick Chick ($70) or the Beef-Iyaki ($70). Traditionalists will enjoy the classic sushi and sashimi options. There are also pre-made lunches ready for those who are in a rush!
When: Open from Monday to Saturday, 11:30am to 7pm
Where: 3 Li Yuen Street West, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $78 for a customized roll, $68 to $72 for a signature or classic roll, $27 to $39 for 3 pieces of sashimi
If you’re craving healthy food with Asian flavours, look no further. We will never get fete up (sorry, had to) of this place! Fete Up specialises in well-balanced and reasonably priced meals, and all of the options consist of a good combination of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Opt for a Fete Box ($83), which includes one grain, one protein, two veggies, one side and one garnish, or a Fete Lite Box ($93), which includes one protein and any five sides or garnishes. We recommend trying the Organic Coconut Rice, Taiwanese Braised Pork, Roasted Tuscany Cauliflower and Broccoli with Almond and Garlic Flakes.
When: Open Monday to Friday, from 11:30 am to 3:30pm
Where: GF, 182 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $83 for a Fete Box and $93 for a Fete Lite Box
If you’re craving dumplings, this hole in the wall is famous for its Pekingese Dumplings and Beijing Stir Fry. Dig into a delicious plate of Pork and Chive Dumplings ($58) or Green Onion and Mutton Dumplings ($75). Alternatively, opt for the piping hot Spicy Minced Pork Noodle ($48), or cool down with Cold Noodle in Sesame Sauce ($42). Polish off your meal the right way with a glass of Soya Bean Milk ($10).
When: Open daily, from 11:00am to 10:00pm
Where: 65 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $58 to $75 for a plate of 10 dumplings, $50 to $62 for a bowl of dumplings with noodles.
Few things are better than slurping down a bowl of ramen. If you find yourself craving some piping hot and extremely flavourful comfort food during lunch, make a beeline for Bari-Uma. If ramen doesn’t appeal during the hot and humid summer months, we suggest getting some Chicken Karage ($35) and an order of the Spicy Gyoza ($38).
When: Open daily, from 11am to 4am
Where: 22 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $83 to $98 for most ramen options
It is so hard to come by New York style bagels in Hong Kong, so we were very excited to find R&R Bagels. The bagels are freshly rolled and baked in-house every day and are the perfect consistency – crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside. You can’t go wrong with a classic Smoked Salmon ($85), but we also love the more creative sandwiches. Try out The Hampton ($85), which is stuffed with fresh chicken breast, Camembert cheese, walnuts, sun-dried cranberries, arugula, toasted peppercorns and cream cheese. There’s also the option to build your own bagel if that’s more your style.
When: Open Monday to Friday, from 7:30am to 5pm; Saturday and Sunday, from 9am to 9pm
Where: 28 Li Yuen Street West, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $65 to $85 for a bagel sandwich
If you’re on a health kick, budget, or just craving some good Peruvian style rotisserie chicken, you’ll enjoy this quick stop for lunch. You’ll be happy to know that all ingredients are naturally grown and raised with no MSG, preservatives or additives. Try the Chicken Meal ($75), which includes your favourite part of the chicken (breast, leg, or wings) with rice, veggies, and a delicious sauce. If you don’t eat chicken, worry not! Seafood lovers can dig into for a Salmon Fillet Meal or Shrimp Meal ($85), and vegetarians can pick up a Tofu Salad Meal ($75). Healthy Chicken’s burritos, burrito bowls and quesadillas are also delicious and very reasonably priced.
When: Open Monday to Satuday, from 11am to 10pm
Where: Khuan Ying Commercial Building, 87 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $75 to $85 for a chicken, seafood or tofu meal, $65 to $85 for a burrito, $34 to $54 for a burrito bowl and $48 to $58 for a quesadilla
This little restaurant on Lyndhurst Terrace cooks up unbelievably delicious Shanghai Pan Fried Buns. There are few things in life that compare to biting into these little pockets of goodness, which are filled with piping hot soup and stuffed with mouth-watering pork. The dumplings are stuffed into a pan and cooked in big batches, causing the bottoms to become crispy and the tops to steam. We recommend trying the Signature Pork Buns ($35 for four) and the Truffle Buns ($17 for one). Don’t forget to douse the buns in vinegar and hot sauce for the perfect finish! If you’re feeling peckish, grab some noodles too. The Stirred Noodles With Scallion, Oil and Pork Chops ($45) hit the spot, as do the Pork and Vegetable Wontons With Soup ($36).
When: Open daily, from 9am to 10pm
Where: Shop 1A, G/F, 52-60 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $17 to $43 for classic buns, $22 to $58 for noodles
This vegetarian salad spot is perfect for anyone looking for a healthy lunch. Fresca is famous for its salad boxes, which come with a base of greens, rice, or a mix of both, and include various toppings. The regular salad box ($77) comes with three toppings and the large salad box ($100) comes with four. The toppings on offer change all the time, but favourites include Korean Tofu, Greek Salad and Spiced Pumpkin. The nourishing soups ($40 for small, $50 for large) are also great options for lunch. Gluten-free foodies shouldn’t leave without grabbing a muffin ($22), a crepe ($34) or a cookie ($16).
When: Open Monday to Saturday, from 8:30am to 5pm
Where: 54A Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $77 for a small salad box and $100 for a large salad box, $40 for a small soup and $50 for a large soup
Banh Mi Kitchen serves up hearty Vietnamese sandwiches in the heart of Central. The crispy subs are freshly baked daily, guaranteeing consistently high quality. If you’re a fan of the classic banh mi, opt for the Cold Cut Classic ($55). The Char Siu ($58), the Lemongrass Chic ($55) and the Vegetarian Delight ($50) are some other favourites. Those of us with big appetites (guilty) will appreciate the option to add a Rice Paper Roll for $25 with the purchase of any Banh Mi.
When: Open Monday to Friday, from 10am to 7pm; Saturday and Sunday, from 12pm to 5pm
Where: 22 Li Yuen Street East, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $47 to $60 for a Banh Mi
Editor’s Note: This article was originally written by Heidy Choi and was published on 30 August, 2017 and was updated on 15 May, 2019 by Izzy Baehr