Hong Kong may be small, but the former British colony and gateway to the East packs in an array of sophisticated fitness and emerging health offerings for busy locals and travellers. Firstly, there’s the diverse range of outdoor fitness options that take in the iconic scenery: from challenging runs with breathtaking views along the harbour, peaks and historic roads, to some spectacular climbs on Little Tung Lung Chau island. With an emerging clean eating scene and home to state-of-the-art, innovative fitness centres, such as the Pure Chain of luxury Health Clubs and the sleek nightclub-inspired cycle studio, XYZ the island is no longer short of feel good activity.
It may boast a flashier menu than its sister restaurant, the ultra-hip Locofama, but the same health-conscious philosophy that made the original so popular is on display at Sohofama in droves. The food is a mix of old-fashioned Chinese “comfort food” and modern international fare, and like Locofama, it’s a tastebud winner. Still, it’s the commitment to creating a healthy environment for both dinner and the planet that makes Sohofama stand out: they even boast their own small farm on site, so Sohofama’s chefs can actually grow their own vegetables. Farm-to-table never looked so simple.
Café Causette, located in one of Hong Kong’s most opulent, 5-star hotels, is a relaxed, all-day venue, ideal as a quick, healthy spot to dine solo or a centrally located catch-up or meeting. The café’s skilled kitchen staff are on display through 6-foot window slots which offers stimulating viewing while enjoying a western-leaning menu with an excellent range of healthy, organic and vegetarian clean-eating dishes. While there’s plenty to pick from, a standout dish for us is the lemon-infused, slow-cooked organic salmon with couscous, uniquely matched with a mexican-style molé sauce. And with opening times that allow for a dawn breakfast or near midnight dinner, it’s perfect for a busy schedule.
There was a time when eating healthy meant making sacrifices to both the hip pocket and the taste buds. Thankfully those days are behind us, and Grassroots Pantry – the wildly successful café-slash-restaurant – is a great example of the changing times. Owner Peggy Chan puts an equal focus on making food that’s both healthy and delicious. Her menu takes inspiration from basically everywhere (Lebanese, Italian, Japanese and Indian influences are all present), while the kitchen sources its (mostly organic) ingredients from local sustainable farms, which means your getting the freshest ingredients in the city.
Tucked away in the colourful Sai Ying Pun neighbourhood is Locofama, an organic restaurant offering wholesome dishes for those who like their food healthy, tasty, and decidedly modern. The menu’s influences run from Chinese through to Italian and Scandinavian, and all the dishes are made with locally-sourced, pesticide-free produce. Vegan, pescatarian and the gluten free are all well catered for, but Locofama certainly hasn’t got anything against meat (their 48-hour short ribs are city famous). Given the quality of the organic produce on offer, Locofama is surprisingly affordable. But most importantly, it’s delicious.
Looking for something quick but healthy? Head to Mana, a healthy fast food restaurant specialising in organic, eco-friendly, vegetarian and vegan-friendly food for those on the go. Serving everything from gluten-free, brick oven-baked flatbreads to halloumi burgers and raw vegan ice cream, the Middle Eastern-tinged Mana turns the idea of fast food on its head. Their focus on providing healthy food applies to all aspects of the operation: wasted produce is converted into fertilizer, and diners who bring in their own take-away containers get five per cent off their bill, so you can save money and the environment.