It is one of the fastest growing dining trends to sweep Hong Kong, and indeed the world. Produce-driven vegan and vegetarian cuisine has evolved from a relatively unexciting meat alternative, to a full-fledged, flavour-packed cuisine of choice, and new Soho restaurant The Herbivores is the latest green opening to come to town.
With an interior of pale wood, exposed brick, communal seating and chalk-scrawled blackboards displaying colourful facts about vegetarianism, The Herbivores certainly looks the eco part, and a long and varied menu offering ensures that it tastes as good as it looks.
The spring menu is broadly influenced by the flavours of Asia and Europe, beginning with appetisers like organic gluten-free nachos with avocado dip, zucchini rolls with ricotta and pine nuts, and crispy cream cheese fingers with truffle mayonnaise.
Choose from light options like the Japanese Crunch salad (cabbage, abura-age and konjac topped with sesame sauce), organic quinoa with romaine, rossa, frisee and tofu, or pastas like the garlic and cilantro-topped Aglio Nero. Those with larger appetites should try the Herbivores Bomb (deep-fried, mozzarella-filled risotto ball, tomato-onion sauce and mashed potato) or Miso Bake Tofu with vegetables in a garlic and ginger sauce, then be sure to finish with a serve of AvoChoco - an avocado-chocolate vegan cake with pistachio mousse and avocado frosting. Who knew health food could taste this good?