reasonable weekday set lunch
Posted on 08 / 28 / 2015
on days when i don't pack lunch, i usually alternate between happy veggies and liza veggies (both in wanchai) for their reasonably priced set lunches at hkd45.
a plus point for happy veggies is that its weekly lunch menu is uploaded online (chinese only though, http://www.happyveggies.hk/樂農灣仔午市套餐.html), so i can plan accordingly. what's also helpful is that at its menu selection area are samples of what's on its daily menu. i have also seen the manager patiently explaining in english to non-cantonese-speakers what each dish is and how the ordering system works.
on the whole, lunch options are decent and there's a good range of veg/egg/soy choices. they use less salt/sugar/oil and no msg, which, while others may consider make the dishes somewhat bland, suits me just fine. although they do not use processed mock meats, some dishes contain "生根／根片“ (gluten). just avoid those if they're not to your taste.
as with most popular hong kong eateries, it's very noisy and crowded during lunch hour and you'll most likely have to share a table with others.
room for improvement:
- i recommend avoiding option 6 (時日鮮菜 or daily veg), as from my experience it's usually very limpid, unappetising lettuce with some bak choy thrown in occasionally.
- their soups are purely liquid, devoid of ingredients and taste the same almost every time i visit, despite having different daily descriptions
- wait staff are too efficient in clearing dishes, so much so that it can feel like they're rushing you off
- it's particularly grating when staff drag chairs while preparing for dinner seating arrangements. i understand they're hearing-impaired, but perhaps they could be advised to lift the chairs rather than drag them.
- window tables too high for eating comfortably
- as of august 2015, a non-smiley lunch time counter staff member who seems more intent to fiddle with her handphone than take orders (the other staff are very friendly though and communicating through smiles and sign language has not been a problem).
if it seems like i have a lot of complaints, it's because i support this social enterprise and go there often enough to make these collected observations. i'm especially encouraged to see groups of intellectually challenged individuals dining there as a field trip.
if these points can be improved, it would certainly bump up the experience a notch. in any event, i'd recommend this place if you're in wanchai during lunchtime on a weekday.
weekly lunch menus available online, social enterprise (hearing impaired), can pay by octopus card
limpid leafy vegetables (lunch), insipid soup, noisy and crowded during lunch hour, sulky counter staff during lunchtime