Knead is a favourite of ours at Sassy. Opt for either a salad (from $65) or a sandwich (from $60) with fresh and delicious ingredients. Select your bread, meats, veggies, cheese and other toppings. Make your own, or go for one of the suggestions on its menu; and with the option to dine in or takeaway – you’re spoiled for choice. Get $5 off if you bring your own mug or take out container!
Knead, 28 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.kneadhk.com
We pop in this hipster cafe from time to time for a good cup of joe, but Why 50 offers so much more than that. Its tartines (open sandwiches) are full of deliciousness, and its elevated char siu and scrambled eggs tartine ($94) has us coming back time and time again. It also offers loads of light and healthy choices such as a “rawnola” yoghurt parfait ($93) and vegan wraps, there’s something for everyone!
Why50, Shop E, G/F, 27 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/why50hk
Little Birdy serves up a killer lunch set (priced at $98), which includes its cage-free, hormone-free Australian chicken roasted or deep fried, your choice of rice or chips, a side detox salad and some refreshing homemade iced tea or lemonade. Superfood salads and handcrafted sandwiches are also on the menu, and it caters to your naughty side, too, with a succulent chicken and waffles drizzled in maple syrup ($100). Pick up your chick at its sunny space on New Street.
Little Birdy, 15-17 New Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.littlebirdy.com.hk
If you’re after some finger-lickin’ chicken, La Rotisserie‘s lunch set also always hit the spot. Priced at $78 for a quarter roast chicken, side dish of the day and either a bowl of hearty (vegetarian!) soup or an iced tea, it’s hard to resist! Add $20 for a slice of its indulgent chocolate gateau if you’re feeling a bit cheeky.
La Rotisserie, G/F, 33 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.larotisserie.com.hk
Hit up K-Roll if you’re in the mood for a little spicy Korean goodness. We’re partial to a Fire K-Bowl ($80), although beware – this one has made some of us tear up in the office while eating it! It also has a great Bibimbap and decent veggie options if you’re looking for a meat-free lunch.
K-Roll, G/F, Sen Fat Building, 6A Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.k-roll.com.hk
We love the salad sets at Monsieur Chatte, a quaint French spot that’s minutes away from our office. For $89, you’ll get a hearty salad with up to four ingredients, as well as a cup of delicious homemade soup and a mini dessert! And if you’re looking for delicious French cheese, baguettes (and even bottles of wine), you’ll be thrilled to know it stocks all of those French culinary delights here and more!
Monsieur Chatte, 121 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.monsieurchatte.com
Purple Tomato is another make-your-own salad spot, or, rather, modify-your-own salad. Choose from one of its salads off the menu, including Caesar, Greek or Cobb, and switch up the base and toppings to your liking. The staff behind the counter are super friendly and always happy ro help with any requests. Its filling salads start from around $80 and you can top up your meal with a soup combo, too!
Purple Tomato, Shop 2A, Kai Fun Building, 2 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
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 around 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 its Sheung Wan eatery for a delicious poppy seed bagel schmeared with a chive cream cheese, and definitely add on some lox for extra indulgence! Set sandwiches on the “schmenu” also include the likes of the Scheuben and the Loxy Lady, which are bth favourites of ours and are priced at $90.
Schragels, Shop 1, G/F, 17 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.schragels.com
Located just minutes from the Sassy office, Pokéworld has well and truly stolen our hearts with its offerings of super fresh fish and generous portions. We love the classic poke bowl, which is priced from $89 (with half brown rice, half salad for us!), or for something a little different, opt for a Pokiritto – all the goodness of a bowl, transformed into a fully-loaded, seaweed wrap!
Pokéworld, 8 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.pokeworldhk.com
We’re letting you in on our little secret by sharing this one with you. You could easily walk right on by this tiny sushi shop, but you definitely need to try it out. The expert sushi chefs make everything fresh for you, from classic salmon and spicy tuna rolls, to our favourite salmon teriyaki with avo! It’s a must try.
ShaKiYauHo, Shop D, G/F., Fu Fai Commercial Centre, 27 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
For a little taste of the Mediterranean, Tava is a great option offering a selection of kebabs, salads, hummus, falafel and more. The takeaway spot is perfect for a quick lunch, but does tend to get busy at peak times! We love the generously filled grilled lamb or chicken wraps (with extra spicy sauce!), but the salads are also tasty and fresh, and start at just $50.
Tava, 31 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/TavaSheungWan
Who says fast food can’t be healthy? At 12NOON, everything is made fresh daily, with heaps of veggie options available, too. Its light but filling set lunches are priced between $65 and $85 and include your choice of main dish, side dish, dessert and cold-pressed juice. We especially love the mushroom soup and chicken and rocket avocado roll. Did we mention all the offerings are under 500 calories?
12NOON, Shop G7, Nan Fung Tower, 88 Connaught Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.twelvenoon.net
Veggi Monster is an unassuming vegan burger joint tucked away on Wing Lok Street. Its signature burger, the Dark Giant, is made with organic black bean and quinoa, and is topped with soy cheese and a charcoal bun. Still not satisfied? It also serves up homemade salads and pastas. We promise that the food here could make even the most hardcore carnivore change their mind.
Veggi Monster, G/F, Shop 1B, Cheungs Building, 1 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/veggimonsterhk
Newcomer Confusion has quickly found its way into the hearts of us Sassy girls. Confusion’s menu is 100% vegan and combines flavours from all over Asia. Its standard lunch menu is wallet-friendly and includes a daily soup or salad, and we absolutely love the grilled portobello mushroom wrap with vegan mozzarella, chipotle mayo and rocket. Wash everything down with the complimentary infused water and you’ve sorted yourself a lovely lunch.
Confusion Plant Based Kitchen, G/F, 103 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.confusion.hk
Teakha is a local concept brand bringing single origin teas from around the world right to our neighbourhood. Its homemade cakes and pastries are an excellent companion to the many teas, so look no further if you’ve got a sweet tooth. We love to unwind at the seats outside this homey teahouse with a cup of Masala Chai and its take on the classic Huevos Rancheros.
Teakha, Shop B, 18 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.teakha.com
Loved by locals and expats alike, Ma Sa Restaurant is not your average cha chaan teng. Famous for its triple runny egg yolk char siu rice, the line goes around the block at lunch. You can customise most of its dishes, and the ladies have the uncanny ability to suggest the best dish for you if you’re indecisive. You can get a massive portion with a drink for less than $50, so bring your appetite (and friends!)
Ma Sa Restaurant, G/F, 23 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Just across the street from Ma Sa Restaurant is another local favourite: Sang Kee. Home to its silky smooth fish belly congee (CNN included the dish on its Top 40 Hong Kong dishes round-up!), you can also get classics like beef brisket noodles and Chinese doughnuts. Each bowl of congee is served with ginger and spring onion soaked in homemade soy sauce. Comfort food at its best.
Sang Kee, G/F, 7-9 Burd Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
If you’re looking to break the budget a little, we also recommend 208 Duecento Otto, Chachawan, Classified, La Creperie, Grassroots Pantry and Shelter Lounge.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on 13 April, 2016 and was updated on 6 August, 2018.