Pay-by-weight veggie buffet in Sheung Wan. Features dishes such as vegetable stir fry; variations of tofu and beancurd, which includes curry, baked; and unlimited soup, rice, and beancurd dessert. Confirmed open Sept 2012. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Chinese, International, Buffet, Salad bar, Take-out
G/F, Shop A-B, Yardley Commercial Building, New Market Street, Sheung Wan
Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
852-2542-4788
Closed now

Mon-Sun 12:00pm-3:00pm, 6:00pm-9:00pm

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First Review by JohnnySensible
Stevie
Stevie
  • vegan
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+2420

Harvester, Hong Kong

4
Posted on 09 / 03 / 2014

I went as part of the local meat free meetup group. As has been said already its serve yourself and pay by weight. Current price is 19 hkd per 100 grams. There must be a lot of water absorbed into the food as mine wasn't especially big but was 80 odd bucks. Its then serve yourself on unlimited soup, congee, rice and soupy red bean dessert. The food I had was nice enough. The 8 choices to serve yourself for the main were all vegan tonight.

One thing that could've been better is that the seating / tabling is a little on the cramped side. They of course though can only operate within the space that they have.

Pros: Vegan friendly
Cons: Slightly cramped seating
Quinten84
Quinten84
  • vegetarian
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+61

Tasty veggie buffet

5
Posted on 08 / 05 / 2014

Around 12 tasty dishes to choose from, nicely priced. Congee, rice and wifi come in for free.

Pros: Tasty, Fairly priced, Good location
Cons: Not too many seats available
sfvoyage
sfvoyage
  • vegetarian
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+34

Not a buffet, but pricey pay-by-weight

2
Posted on 12 / 04 / 2013

First of all, please stop referring to this place as a buffet. It's a pay-by-weight (HKD19/100gram, min. $33)with about 12 selections. You get rice, congee, and soup for free - those 3 items are unlimited.

I had lunch there today and recalled from a visit there last year that even though the min. is $33, it's easy to go way above that. So I was careful and thought I had taken about $40-50's worth of food, only to be surprised to find out it was $70. Too late by then. I noticed later that most people take even less food - an almost miniscule amount - on their plate and fill up on the rice, congee and soup.

The food is average and really overpriced for a lunch canteen in this neighborhood. Fook Luk Sau near Central Market is similar and charges a flat $31 for 3 choices plus unlimited rice, soup, noodles and dessert soup.

If you eat here, be careful how much food you put on your plate!

Pros: tasty simple Chinese veggie cooking, good variety
Cons: deceptively expensive, not good value for money

bhukit-tima
bhukit-tima
  • vegan
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+122

Nice veggie buffet restaurant

4
Posted on 08 / 10 / 2012

Conveniently located right next to Western Market Harvester offers a good vegetarian buffet, pay as you go by weight. 12 different dishes, tried most of them and was quite happy with the taste. You get free soup, rice and water with the purchase. Unfortunately, most of the buffet items are not marked, so you actually don't really know what you put on your plate. A bit challenging if you are vegan. Seating is plenty (and most of the customers did go for the take-away option) but the tables and chairs are really small and extremely close to each other.
Not cheap, but good value for money.


Spamelula
Spamelula
  • vegetarian
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+21

Brilliant!

5
Posted on 07 / 10 / 2012

Brilliant! Popular with locals in the main so very good value. Lovely tasty food, very friendly, great idea

Pros: Great tasting, welcoming, great value
veggieyogini
veggieyogini
  • vegetarian
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+40

excellent lunch place

5
Posted on 01 / 04 / 2010

excellent place for getting healthy organic vegetarian food in portion and variety you prefer. i love the chinese soup they serve! they also have great steamed dumplings and filled buns!

Pros: healthy, choose your own variety and portion size
Guest
Guest

Quiet but boring food

3
Posted on 12 / 16 / 2009

Hi, I've tried the Harvester twice now. While the staff is friendly and the back half of the sitting area is very quiet and almost quaint (perhaps a reason to come), the Harvester is on the pricier side for what it is and has limited hours and relatively few options to choose from each day. Although some of the faux-meat/faux-fish seems to be done well (if you like that sort of thing), much of the food is rather bland. If you are on a budget, hungry and looking for value, the Harvester is probably not the best option out there. If you are looking for a place to read and study without pop music blaring in the background, this place may be worth a try.

Pros: friendly staff, quiet
Cons: bland food, limited hours, expensive
mushroomeater666
mushroomeater666
  • vegetarian
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+18

Great Buffet

5
Posted on 09 / 24 / 2009

This place is definitely worth checking out, especially if you are traveling solo and want to try out a bunch of different dishes.

As others have explained, it's a buffet and you pay by weight. I got a thanksgiving dinner sized plate of food (AKA HUGE) and it cost $80 HK. But it comes with all you can eat rice, congee, soup and dessert soup.

The vibe is great in here and seemed very popular with locals who were getting off of work.

The food itself had some great mock meat dishes, such as the gingery fish with bok choy and the chicken cutlets in a light curry sauce. The sauteed greens were a little overcooked, but this is my only complaint!

All in all, this place is perfect if you are starving and want to fill up on fresh, reliable veggie food.

One last thing. The hours are a bit weird. It's only open from 12-3 PM and then again from 6-9 PM.


htenbos
htenbos
  • vegetarian
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+61

Tasty food and friendly staff

5
Posted on 07 / 13 / 2009

Very nice restaurant! Been here a few times now. Good concept where you pick your dishes from a buffet and you pay per 100 grams (currently HKD 15) so an average plate will go for about $40-$60. They also have some soup/noodle dishes, one of them is Bak-Kut-Teh (herbal noodle soup - Yummy !)
Definitely worth visiting if you're in Sheung Wan neighbourhood.


Guest
Guest

Great food - sold by weight so no waste - good++

4
Posted on 04 / 16 / 2009

Harvester is the best restaurant that I have been to in Hong Kong from the HappyCow listings.

Lots of veggies - good rice / mixed grains.

Great value - tasty food - clean & tidy.

From today onwards you will often find me in Harvester!

The staff speak good English.

One dish had eggs today so ask & be careful.


beerzuki
beerzuki
  • vegetarian
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+105

great idea!

5
Posted on 09 / 26 / 2008

How it works: (very well actually!) ...grab a plate and help yourself to some food from the buffet. It is $15/100g (approx $2.50 Australian/100g), with a minimum charge of $28 (about $5AUD). I had a lightly covered (ie not stacked up, but covered) plate and it came to $54 ....but wait! Theres more.... The real bargain to the whole thing is that lovely 5 grain rice, clear soup, tea and congee are all FREE on top of that!

And its nice to sit in and friendly too.

Location: On the right hand side towards the end of New Market Street to the left of the very easy to spot "Western Market" building. It has street frontage and you should have no problems seeing its large sign. (Free Hotel Map grid square 46B). It is easy to walk to from the Hong Kong Airport Express Station. (Des Voeux Road leads straight to it)

Pros: eat little or lots, five grains rice is so yummy!
JohnnySensible
JohnnySensible
  • herbivore
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+4418

Wheatgrass in Hong Kong - 95% vegan - yummy

5
Posted on 08 / 22 / 2007

A great little restaurant business - a "unique for Hong Kong" menu - Cantonese classics / some raw dishes / increasing amounts of sprouts / wheatgrass juice deserts. Very good value lunch & evening buffets - for savory dishes you pay by weight - the red rice / brown rice / congee / soups / a herbal drink are "gratis". Conceived of & run by Howard - a "herbal tea alchemist" & Tai Chi teacher whose speciality is helping stroke victims to regain their mobility. Just a few metres away from the old "Western Market" building. This is Hong Kong - they will be copied! Organic packaged food & teas also available. I give them a "5" as they are doing a great job & are happy, friendly people!



 

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Last updated: 2012/09/30

 

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