Super Salads: Hong Kong's Best Spring Greens
If you think a salad is just a pile of greens on a plate, you’ve still got a ways to go.
Vanimal, the new vegetarian hotspot in Kennedy Town, focuses on finding unique and inventive ways to serve vegetables. Sometimes this involves fried lotus root, turnip powder, or green tea salt. But their signature salad, billed as the “Catch of the Day,” is a pure, unadorned selection of fresh produce at the peak of its season, served alongside chamomile-infused oil, pickle juice and smoked sea salt. After all, when you’re working with the best ingredients, fancy doesn’t mean fussy and flavor can’t be compromised.
If variety is the spice of life, the rotating salad menu at the new Central location of 3/3rds should keep you alive for a while. Always made with seasonal ingredients, and only available at two-hour intervals to maintain freshness, their current signature salad ($60 for a small box, $90 for a large) is a parade of textures, and packed with protein: wild rice and quinoa get a hit of sweetness from dried apricot and pomegranate seeds, topped with crunchy pistachios.
The Restaurant by the Kinnet
Not all salads have to be eaten raw. The Restaurant by the Kinnet has a warm alternative, bringing a bit of char to traditional salads by serving grilled eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes (the “meatiest” of all vegetables) and green beans with a tangy feta and pesto dressing ($85). Smoky, creamy and utterly satisfying, this salad is a meal in itself—and it’s healthy enough to follow with a slice of the Kinnet’s light and airy coconut chiffon cake ($40).
Salty and stale croutons are out; juicy and crisp pomegranate seeds are in. If you’re not fiending for falafel at the new SoHo Middle-Eastern restaurant Maison Libanaise, try their golden fried eggplant ($68) with a splash of tahini yogurt, drizzled with olive oil. Once your taste buds get in on this mix of creamy and tart, you won’t even miss the carbs.
Supafood, the latest concept from the people who brought you Locofama and Sohofama, is all about giving customers fresh options on the go. They offer a variety of seasonally rotating and always organic (their meat is Australian grass-fed or US pasture-raised) salad boxes, sandwiches, rice bowls, fresh juices and smoothies, available at their Sheung Wan location and by delivery (from $20 delivery fee). Want to feel extra “supa” today, without having to leave the office? Try their baked sustainable halibut and kale salad ($138) mixed with apples, cherry tomatoes, pumpkin seeds and couscous.
Eating on the go?
Don’t settle for fast food. Pick up a salad at these fail-safe counters in less time than it would take to order a burger.
Just Salads delivers on their very simple premise: it’s just salads, but a full and very accommodating menu of them! If you’re looking for something even more suitable for an on-the-go snack, ask for your salad to be turned into a wrap. Hong Kong Station MTR, Shop HOK65, 2850-6818, hk.justsalad.com
Toss & Turn
You won’t find quinoa or pomegranate seeds at Toss & Turn, but there’s a reason why Caesar still leads the salad empire. The basic salads are fresh and affordable here, and there’s also an option to design your own bowl. Shop 3, B3 Three Pacific Place, Admiralty, 2633-8312, hk.tossnturnsalad.com
Nosh by Secret Ingredient
For something quick, gourmet and calorie-countable, the new Nosh delivers their salads straight to your desk in biodegradable and compostable containers. G/F, 23B Mosque St., Mid-Levels, 2697-8886, nosh.hk