Casa owner James Bradshaw picks the best vegetarian dishes in town.
I absolutely love food. Yet a few months after starting Casa, I turned vegetarian. I thought eating out in Sai Kung would become a nightmare of token vegetarian dishes in Western restaurants (usually an uninspiring cheese fest). But I’ve discovered Sai Kung is a great place to eat as a vegetarian. As well as the restaurants below, a couple of Sai Kung’s Chinese restaurants are very good, but I’m concerned their dishes may contain pork or chicken fat.
AJ’s Sri Lankan Cuisine
Having worked with Sri Lankans in the past, I’ve become a massive fan of their food. It’s a healthy version of Indian food, with a long list of vegetarian curries, appetisers and breads. Some vegetarian dishes contain butter, but there are still a lot of options for vegans. Try the vegetarian soup ($35), house special vegetarian lamprais ($99) and string hopper biryani ($80).
AJ’s Sri Lankan Cuisine, 14 Hoi Pong Street, Sai Kung, 2792 2555
A relative newcomer, Village Kebab has a short but sweet selection starting with the falafel kebab, which even meat lovers will agree is their best. There’s also a vegan option. They have one of the best veggie burgers I’ve ever had, plus vegetarian samosa ($42) and Greek salad and pita ($52).
Shop 37, G/F, Ko Fu House, 952 Fuk Man Road, Sai Kung, 2791 2525
Okay for vegetarians, not so great for vegans. There are have several tasty vegetarian options for breakfast such as the fresh fruit bowl with vanilla sugar ($38) and homemade granola with honey, toasted hazelnuts and yogurt ($51). There are also a handful of Italian style mains available all day.
Classified, 5 Sha Tsui Path, Sai Kung, 2529 3454
Only one vegetarian option for lunch, but it’s a fantastic combo of veggie sushi, tempura and salad. The dinner menu has a lot more to offer and it is great value compared with the Japanese restaurants in the city.
Takka Fusion, Shop 2, Block A, 42-56 Fuk Man Road, 2792 2202
Becoming vegetarian inspired me to create an expansive veggie menu at my own restaurant. We’ve also got perhaps the biggest vegan option in Sai Kung – a Japanese-inspired selection of veggies and dips. Customers’ favourites are the portobello mushrooms ($70), kimchi pancakes ($60), spinach and coconut dip ($60) and Mexican red pesto dip ($60).
Casa, Shop 1, Hoi Pong Square, Sai Kung, 5594 0007
The Village has a growing selection of vegetarian curries as well as veggie staples such as saag paneer (spinach and cheese, $85), aloo gobi (cauliflower and potato, $65) and dhal makhani ($65). I’ve recently been requesting their recommendations and the results havebeen superb.
The Village, 1-E Po Tung Road, Sai Kung, 2791 2525
Jojo Sai Kung
Good-quality Indian food and enough veggie options to not get bored after a few takeaway deliveries. The dhal makhani ($64) is excellent. Other veggie options include fried okra with fried onions ($68) and aloo mutter (potatoes and peas, $64).
Jojo Sai Kung, U/F, 21 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung, 2574 7477
May’s Sawaddee Thai in the Alley
Not as many options as I feel there should be after visiting northern Thailand, but you can request the curries and vegetables without meat. I recommend the pomelo salad (ask for it without prawns, $76) and the Thai-style morning glory ($58), but all the curries are great.
Shop 5, G/F, Sai Kung Garden, 16 Chan Man Street, Sai Kung, 2791 6399