Eco-conscious resto, Grassroots Pantry offers organic and natural health food options, with a menu that caters to all dietary needs. We love the filling Signature Salad ($128) which comes with curly kale greens, sprouted seeds, cranberry, beetroot and an orange-cashew dressing. Topped with a macademia “cheese,” this salad is raw, vegan, gluten-free and even Buddhist friendly!
Grassroots Pantry, 108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2873 3353, www.grassrootspantry.com
If you’re in the neighbourhood and craving some crunchy greens, opt for Purple Tomato, a small takeaway place offering plenty of salad options!
One of the most popular remains the P. Tomato ($115, depending on your choice of meat) a lush lunchbox filled with grilled steak, bacon, boiled egg, tomato, cucumber, goat cheese, and romaine, and it’s dressed with caramelised onion vinaigrette.
Add a wealth of extra toppings from mandarin oranges, sweet corn, croutons and chickpeas, bacon, a soy patty, tuna or turkey. For great prices and hefty portions, Purple Tomato is a solid lunch choice (and a Sassy favourite!).
Read more: 6 Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget
Purple Tomato, Shop A, Kai Fun Building, 2 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 6695 3623
Affectionately referred to as ‘Mr. Cat’ here at the Sassy Office, this quaint café is yet another Sheung Wan lunch hotspot, just a few minutes walk from the MTR.
Monsieur CHATTÉ offers up hearty French deli faves including sandwiches and a bountiful salad bar. Build your own including four toppings (we’re talking lentils, goat’s cheese, roast beef, tons of veggies and more) with a cup of soup for just $89. Take it back to the office or head on up to the third floor where you can enjoy the tranquility of its small dining area.
Monsieur CHATTÉ, 121 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 3105 8077, www.monsieurchatte.com
MANA! is the perfect choice for anyone on the go. Another great eco-friendly and sustainable café here in Honkers, build-your-own small ($78), or large ($130) salad box, and choose from five different types of leafy green and up to four toppings. Avocado, hummus, halloumi, kale and sundried tomatoes are but a few of the options available.
Complete your meal with an organic kombucha or a pressed juice and you’ll be feeling fresh and fueled all day long.
MANA! Fast Slow Food, 92 Wellington St, Central, Hong Kong, 2851 1611, www.mana.hk
Convenient and above all fresh and delish, Toss & Turn in Pacific Place caters to all of your salad needs. Providing a full salad bar and meal deals, pick your favourite leaf, two proteins and up to four veggies or crunchy toppings.
It also offers four set salads on the menu; we’re eager to try the smoked salmon and prawn as well as the Caesar Extra ($78), complete with a chicken fillet, bacon, egg, pineapple, cucumber, Grana Padano cheese, croutons and, of course, our beloved Caesar dressing.
Toss & Turn, Shop 3, B3 Three Pacific Place, Admiralty, Hong Kong, 2633 8312, www.hk.tossnturnsalad.com
Offering delectable sandwiches and takeaway salads, just tick the “I Knead a salad” option on the menu and you’ll be set to create your favourite concoction. The Standard consists of a base, a main ingredient and two toppings. Choose from spinach, rocket or mixed leaves, a main of either meat or cheese (additional for $13 extra) including braised beef brisket, schnitzel, chicken breast and ham. Dine in or takeaway for a quick and nutritious, satisfying lunch!
Knead, G/F 28 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2851 7778, www.kneadhk.com
Known for its rich, roasted coffee, Elephant Grounds has a killer health-conscious menu for both busy and causal lunch goers alike. The Crispy Kale Quinoa Salad ($90) is a top choice for the kale fanatics, complete with black olives, tomato, cucumber, corn, a lemon garlic dressing, some toasted tortilla chips and the best part – a perfectly, oozy poached egg.
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Elephant Grounds, Shop C, G/F, 42-48 Paterson Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.elephantgrounds.com
Elephant Grounds, G/F, Win Fung Building, 8 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2778 2700, www.elephantgrounds.com
Elephant Grounds, 61 Caine Road, Mid-Levels, Central, Hong Kong, www.elephantgrounds.com
Locofama ensures that every bite is fresh and locally sourced. And whilst its a great dining-in option, it also offers excellent salads for delivery.
We hear the Pomelo Prawn Salad ($98), with a base of fresh pomelo topped with crisp crystalline ice plants, red onions and a sweet chilli lime dressing is a customer fave. The crunch of the ice plants and sweet touch of spice paired with the tangy taste of pomelo sounds good to us! The best part? It will deliver straight to your desk!
Read more: Hong Kong Dining: Healthy Food
Locofama, 11 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.locofama.com
With branches all over town, Cali-Mex is well known for its cheap and hefty burritos, but it also offers a build-your-own basic Taco Salad bowl ($78). Satisfying your cravings and keeping your health goals on track, enjoy your salad ‘naked,’ or in a crispy tortilla bowl topped with shredded lettuce, mixed beans, chicken, spinach or beef.
For an additional $10 to $20, treat yourself to pulled pork, shrimp or Angus steak and choose your level of spice. You can also choose to add guacamole for $18 – an obvious choice!
Read more: Best Mexican Restaurants in Hong Kong
Cali-Mex, various locations across Hong Kong, www.cali-mex.com
If you’re not so keen on the masses of, err… salad in your ‘salad,’ then 3/3rds Central is a great compromise for heartier, healthy choices. From Wild Rice to Chargrilled Broccoli with Garlic and Chili, these small ($60) and large ($90) boxes will keep you full throughout the day.
Holding out for a cheat day? Its weekend brunch menu is something else!
Read more: 3/3rds: Healthy and Hearty Food in Central
3/3rds, 22/F, Yally Industrial Building, 6 Yip Fat St, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, 3462 295, www.three-3rds.com
This friendly neighbourhood salad counter serves up innovative and delish dishes to enjoy in its quaint corner café or on the go. Choose a base of rice, salad, or both, and either a regular ($70) or large ($90) box, each piled high with your favourite choices, all made fresh and privately farmed!
Fresca, 54A, Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2770 2282, www.frescahk.com
From steaming pots of soup to roast chicken and bowls full of kale, nood food has a whole host of tasty, good-for-you options to choose from. In a rush? Grab one of its pre-made salads or wraps and a fresh pressed juice from the fridge.
Read more: Healthy Breakfast in Hong Kong with nood food
nood food, various locations across Hong Kong, www.allnood.com
Not technically a place one would consider takeaway (and definitely a dine in spot), the Buenos Aires Polo Club promises good value bound in all its Argentinian culinary glory. Head downtown for its lunchtime special salad bar. It offers a free-flow of salads for $248. Though the price might be a little high on the bar, it’s definitely a worthwhile ‘treat yourself’ pick-me-up!
Make sure to request your salad as takeaway and grab its house special Palermo drink while you’re at it – one curated for a true Buenos Aires experience; mixed with raspberry, lime and egg white ($98).
Buenos Aires Polo Club, 7/F, Lan Kwai Fong Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2321 8681, www.bapoloclub.com
Plat du Jour, which directly translates from French into ‘specially prepared dish,’ offers excellent choices of salad to take-away during your lunch or dinner break. Its fresh Tuna Nicoise Salad ($90) has a distinct mixture of ingredients, with soft-boiled eggs, olives and baby potatoes, giving you the perfect fill of veggies and protein for the day. Its range of healthy French-style nibbles and meals are bound to satisfy multiple taste buds!
Plat Du Jour, LG1, Pacific Place One, Admiralty, Hong Kong, 2715 0511, www.facebook.com/PlatduJourHK
Traditionally a bakery chain with stores all around the world, you’ll be surprised as to the unique salads Le Pain Quotidien has to offer. We love its Detox Salad with Organic Quinoa ($118), a scrumptious combination of root veggies, fresh mint, red onion, avocado, parsley, and pomegranate.
Take away this salad in Le Pain’s very own cold metal tin and mix it up with the pesto oil provided to get the quinoa layered at the bottom mixed with the rest. (Ask for a lemon wedge to burn those extra calories!) This salad is not only filling, but also definitely a much needed midday refresher!
Le Pain Quotidien, G/F, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, 2520 1801, www.lepainquotidien.com
Personalised and specially tailored to your dietary requirements, the Veggie Spinner is quite a popular healthy spot amongst Hong Kong locals. Not only does it serve vegan dishes, but its chefs will happily and willingly spin up an appetising salad for you if you tell them what you’d like! Now that’s something that you can’t find in this city very often… Its salads are changed up every season and offer great value for what they’re priced at, $52 for a small portion and $72 for large.
Also, its healthy chocolate smoothie is a must-have alongside your salad. With a great blend of cacao, walnuts, coconut oil, banana and soy milk, you are set for the rest of the day!
Veggie Spinner, 144 Tung Lo Wan Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2802 6126, www.facebook.com/VeggieSpinner