Healthy Eats

Healthy Eats

3 August, 2015
Restaurant Roundup
Six raw, organic, and vegetarian dining options new to HK this year!
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MANA! — TWO (!) NEW LOCATIONS:
 
MANA! CAFÉ
Address: 8 Tai On Terrace, POHO
Good for: ‘Slow foodies,’ gluten-free, healthy writers
Having just opened this past weekend, Mana! Café is the group’s second new location this year! A calmer environment with spacious seating areas where people can simply relax, this new location in the quaintly hip PoHo neighbourhood brings a different flavour to the Mana! family. Its laid-back bohemian atmosphere is perfect for the eclectic menu including open flats, deliscious desserts and fair trade organic coffee. Mana! Café offers a new style of organic café that isn’t so ubiquitous in Hong Kong. 
 
MANA! RAW
Address: 97 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
Good for: Raw foodies, juicers, gluten-free
Another newish Mana! edition we love — Mana! Fast Slow Food has a sister, one who never cooks her food! Mana! Raw is the healthy food chain’s first creation, opened earlier this year. It boasts a completely raw organic food selection, along with custom-made fresh juices and smoothies. More bio-available than cooked food, the nutrients gained from consuming raw food is meant to give your body just what it needs. After all, didn’t we still eat before we 'cooked' our food? But health benefits aside, we go just for the taste. Try the "Delight" shake for a fruity, healthy hit of goodness!
www.mana.hk
 
GRASSROOTS PANTRY (New location!)
Address: 108 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Good for: Organic-heads, gluten-free vegans, and everyone!
Originally based in Sai Ying Pun, Grassroots Pantry is a responsible eatery that has uprooted and transplanted (pardon the puns!) to a new location in Central. Grassroots Pantry has always focused on sourcing organic, sustainable and local ingredients as much as possible. By emphasising the farm-to-table relationship, the restaurant seeks to encourage sustainability and the ‘slow-food’ movement. And now its new, convenient Central location puts all that into a bright, airy space with lots of room for group lunches and corners for romantic veggo dinners.
www.grassrootspantry.com
 
WASABI WARRIORS
Address: Unit F, G/F, World Trust Tower, 50 Stanley St., Central, Hong Kong
Good For: Sustainability warriors
With the tagline “Eat good, do good, feel good,” Wasabi Warriors is a fun Japanese restaurant that sources all their produce from the local food industry. Founded in Australia in 2007, Wasabi Warriors has since expanded to both Hong Kong and the Philippines, and follows a ‘green heart’ concept. This idea encapsulates symbiosis with the local community in the form of donating excess food to charity or composting — so almost no food is wasted. Unusually for a sushi joint, they cater to all tastes and needs, such as offering brown rice rolls and vegetarian sushis. For a quick bite you can enjoy while helping the local food economy, look no further!
www.wasabiwarriors.com.hk
 
MUNCHIES
Address: 4 Shin Hing St, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Good For: A healthier sweet treat
Located in the cute steps above NoHo, Munchies is a fully organic, GMO-free goodie shop providing cookies, donuts and ice cream for a responsible (!) sugar-fix. The desserts, which are all handcrafted in-shop and include regular rotations of limited-time special treats, have been developed to ensure that flavour isn't sacrificed in the search for healthier, more eco-friendly munching. The goodies on offer provide a great way to grab dessert with slightly less guilt, and the hip urban vibe fits in well with the surrounding neighbourhood of designer shops and cafes. Head on over for your next desktop dessert, or to satisfy your Bob Marley-inspired ‘munchies!’ 
www.facebook.com/munchieshk
 
ZUMUFI
Address: Shop D, G/F, Willy Commercial Building, 28-36 Wing Kut Street, Sheung Wan
Good for: Juicers
With a large selection of wallet-friendly juices, Zumufi is first a juice bar and then a café. The shop's mtto is 'Wellness Made Tasty', and they make a variety of conventionally sourced juices, with a “plus” category that highlights healthier options. Along with their juices, Zumufi also serves organic teas and Paninis to curb your hunger pangs. You'll have to find it first, tucked away in a busy alley off Queens Road Central... but this addition to your lunch-hour quick-bite options will be worth the hunt!
www.facebook.com/zumufi
 
 
 
 

By: Louis de Tilly-Blaru
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