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Healthy Lunch Places in Central

As Hong Kong’s busy urbanites become increasingly health conscious, travellers to the city will find a greater choice of healthy dining options in the Central business district. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely catch-up with friends, a refined business lunch or a quick bite to go after hitting the gym, you’ll find delicious and healthy meals just a stone’s throw from The Landmark Mandarin Oriental.

For a working lunch: Arcane
Helmed by Michelin-starred chef Shane Osborne, Arcane is an elegant, 36-seater fine-dining restaurant with a commitment to sourcing the freshest, finest ingredients and using preparation methods that allow their natural flavours to shine through. On Mondays, the restaurant goes vegetarian with a seven-course degustation meal that includes poached taiyouran egg with broccolini, Japanese winter tomato with spiced aubergine, sour cream and soft herb salad, and crapudine beetroot with pickled black radish and wasabi leaves. Not in town on a Monday? All the vegetarian dishes are available a la carte through the week.

3/F, 18 On Lan St., Central, +852 2728 9178
www.arcane.hk

Fresca

For locavore salad boxes: Fresca
Did you know that Hong Kong has a small but thriving organic agricultural scene? One of the city’s original farm-to-table cafes, Fresca offers a popular salad bar using ingredients sourced from local farms. Many of the offerings are vegan or gluten-free, and you’ll find both western and Asian-style salads available, from the popular Korean bean paste tofu and Vietnamese rice noodle salad to cashew cream coleslaw and carrot, apple and walnut. Be sure to save room for one of their low-sugar, gluten-free steamed muffins.

54A Hollywood Rd., Central, +852 2770 2282
frescahk.com

Pololi

For a protein hit: Pololi
Poke bowls – Hawaiian-style marinated raw fish served on top of rice and salad – have been a hit with Hong Kong’s gym-goers. Fresh and delicious, poke bowls deliver a hit of protein that’s high on flavour and low on heaviness in the city’s sweltering summer months. Pololi is Central’s original poke shack, with a laid-back beach bar vibe. Flavours change daily, but signatures include the original spicy blend, wasabi miso and fragrant Thai-style with lemongrass.

39 Graham St., Central
pololikai.com

Grassroots Pantry  Grassroots Pantry

For creative vegetarian: Grassroots Pantry

Arguably one of the city’s best-known vegetarian restaurants, Grassroots Pantry is a beautiful space that offers an all-day high end dining menu of creative plant-based cuisine, with the bulk of its menu suitable for vegans. Skewing towards Asian cuisine, you’ll find vegetarian gyoza, grilled hedgehog mushrooms on skewers, and Indian tikka flatbread. For breakfast, you’ll find coconut kefir yoghurt parfait, ace berry bowls and carrot walnut French toast, to name just a few.

108 Hollywood Rd., Sheung Wan, +852 2873 3353
grassrootspantry.com

Catch Juicery

Catch Juicery
Housed in sleek glass bottles, the juices at Catch are organic, cold-pressed and totally delicious. The bright-red Beet It contains beetroot, pineapple, strawberries and ginger for a blend that’s packed with antioxidants and immune-boosting properties. Or go for their smoothies – the Sour Patch contains pineapple juice, avocado, pear, lemon, coriander, bee pollen and Himalayan Salt; while the Muscle Beach comes with a scoop of chocolate vegan protein, blended with almond milk, banana, blueberries and cacao. Catch also sells light bites and snacks to go, making it an easy option for a mid-afternoon treat.

Shop 303, 3/F, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Rd. Central, +852 2568 5211
catchjuicery.com

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