Restaurant review: Eat Well Canteen, Tai Po – delicious vegetarian food in heritage setting
Restaurant in restored police station perched on a hilltop overlooking Tolo Harbour serves healthy, good-value meals with a focus on sustainability
Transforming old police properties into trendy businesses seems to be the thing to do in Hong Kong.
The former police married quarters in Central has been trendy art hub PMQ for a couple years; before that, the police station in Tai O was converted into an idyllic heritage hotel. Now, Tai Po’s old police station – a 10-minute walk from the Tai Po Market train station has received the same treatment: it’s now a heritage destination called Green Hub.
Perched on a hilltop overlooking Tolo Harbour, the site includes Eat Well Canteen – a superb restaurant that offers cheap vegetarian food.
Operated by Kadoorie Farm, Eat Well Canteen offers a relaxing environment with spacious seating. For HK$50, diners can choose four dishes from a menu of 11 items, all delicious and healthy.
We liked the crisp air-dried crackers, which have a mixture of seaweed, sprouts and turnip shreds, as well as a hearty salad of chickpea, quinoa and kale. Also enjoyable is the Indian red lentil soup, and the falafel, with a dressing that tastes similar to mayonnaise but which is made of soya milk and oil. Diners can choose Indian mixed spice brown rice, or black sticky rice with pesto, and for an extra HK$15, can order an extra dish from the menu.
There are five options for dessert (HK$30). We tried the refreshing ginger-lime tart and the chia seed pudding, which also has pomelo, banana and wolfberries.
Some of the ingredients served at Eat Well Canteen are grown in a nearby garden, and the wooden food trays are made of recycled wood from the farm.
Diners are required to separate the cutlery after they finish their meal for easy recycling. Diners can also walk to the back of the venue for a tour of old prison cells. A guided tour is available with advance booking too.
Eat Well Canteen, Green Hub, 11 Wan Tau Kok Lane, Tai Po, tel: 2996 2800. Open: Monday to Sunday 10am-4pm