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Respond to Review of Smrat Pure Veg - 5th Floor
by JohnnySensible

Review: Stiil very basic - they have their own market - folk who want very low priced Indian veg food. Updated from previous review on Sunday July 08, 2007 Smrat is lacto-vegetarian. The staff do not retain in their memories the concept of vegan - on my last visit sfter a little explaining & some repetition the waiter almost "got" what vegan was - I had to add a little white lie about "milk allergy" for the point to fully sink in. Asking for "Jain food" does not usually work in Hong Kong as many of the local Jain's do eat milk products. The result was well worth the effort though - a plate of bindi (okra)perfectly cooked with fresh tomatoes well spiced - several chapati's - a simple bowl of freshly cut cucumber - a portion of very tasty lime pickle. Very satisfying. So I will be visiting again. The dining room is very simple - no frills whatsoever - it is a "canteen" visited mainly by some of the numerous Indian nationals who work in & around Chung King Mansions. As you walk towards the elevators in Block "B" you will be pestered by 3/4 touts promoting other dead flesh joints. It has not been redecorated in many years. Not a place for the "faint-hearted". Low prices. Adequate portions. Knowing a few words of Hindi / Bengali is an advantage. Take-away counter on the ground floor if you want to eat very quickly - see the other listing on the HappyCow Hong Kong Page.

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