Favourite Hong Kong restaurants of LantauMama’s Jacqueline Renee Cohen
Founder of Hong Kong healthy living organisation tells us her top spots for a health-conscious lunch, her family’s go-to brunch place, and some regular haunts around their South Lantau home
We eat very healthily at home, I have home-made fermented items every day, so I am more relaxed when we go out.
For a quick lunch, I love stopping in at Home Eat To Live (Shop G01&101, Nexxus Building, 77 Des Voeux Road Central, tel: 2777 4777). Their wraps and other offerings are healthy, delicious, and good value for the quality of their ingredients. Plus, their “Wall of Ferments” makes me happy.
The superb use of organic vegetables to create deliciously light dim sum at Pure Veggie House (3/F, Coda Plaza, 51 Garden Road, Mid-Levels, tel: 2525 0552) makes it a favourite place for lunch with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian friends.
As a long-term resident of Hong Kong, I have a passion for street food and traditional noodle stalls. They are always a good bet for a fun night out with a visitor. For something more remote, we like to take visitors out to the restaurants in Po Toi O for seafood.
Weekend brunch is family time. We have a few favourites, but when I ask my kids they both exclaimed Gonpachi (4/F, Lee Garden One, 33 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, tel: 2787 3688). They grind their own buckwheat to make soba noodles that my kids absolutely love. They can eat three plates each. I usually get the kasu salmon set.
Living out on South Lantau, we often just hang out on the island. The restaurants at Lower Cheung Sha are all family favourites for the food as much as the beach. They include Long Island (35 Lower Cheung Sha Village, tel: 2320 2001) and The Beach House (tel: 2504 4788).
Did I mention I have kids? So, a romantic dinner with my husband is staying close to home, combining dining with a nighttime walk to The Gallery Bar & Restaurant (26 Tong Fuk Village, Lantau Island, tel: 2980 2582).
As a health promoter, I like to support the many new small healthy food businesses that are truly exceptional. Events like the Tong Chong Street Market, Handmade Hong Kong and Wellness 360 are great places to try some of these offerings.
Wild Mylk (wildmylk.com) truly makes the best ice cream I have ever had. It’s vegan, low-sugar and delicious, with creative flavours. Foodcraft (foodcraft.hk) makes properly fermented sauerkrauts, sourdough bread made to order, coconut yogurt and more. Sourdough Diary (facebook.com/sourdoughdiary) is unbelievably creative. Raiz The Bar chocolate (raizthebar.com) is my special treat, raw bean to bar chocolate truly made with love.
Also try locally made coconut water kefir by QUO (quohk.com) and locally brewed kombucha by Taboocha (taboocha.com). My dream is to see more local businesses making these live and healthy drinks.