REMOVED: The Library Cafe

Overall rating: 2.5 stars 2 Reviews
Serves meat, veg options available. Previously also known as Lane Crawford Cafe. Offers only 5 different salads from which you can choose and make into one bowl. A meal might be salad bowl plus a half sandwich and a fruit juice. Be sure to ask for olive oil instead of butter on anything. Removed for poor vegan options. Price: Moderate more-less
Lacto, Ovo, Pizza, Organic, Western, Non-veg
Ground floor Marco Polo Hotel, Tsim Sha Tsui (near Ocean Terminal)
Kowloon, Hong Kong

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First Review by JChan
  • vegan

The Library Cafe, Hong Kong

Posted on 03 / 29 / 2015

If I may politely chip in. When I visited this establishment and took a look at the menu I was somewhat puzzled to figure out how this establishment merited a listing on happycow. The primary business of this eatery appears to be selling parts of dead animals with the vego side a peripheral aspect. I am more than happy to be enlightened of course.

Cons: Geared to eating meat
  • JChan JChan

    Happy Cow doesn't cater to a pure vegan clientele, is how I see it. It lists many vegan-friendly places. The Library Cafe is one of them. It's important for us vegans to write about such places so that it enables other vegans to get by even in a non-vegan restaurant. A vegan dietary life style isn't an end in itself! It's only an outcrop of the vegan's total compassion toward animals... which is the real point. Hence, I feel, it's not important that a restaurant is non-vegan as long as it serves a good vegan meal when called up. That's something we should appreciate. Best regards...

  • Stevie Stevie

    Hi Mr Chan,

    Thanks for responding.

    I agree the happycow users aren't 100% vegan nor are the listings. The listings aren't even 100% vegetarian. There are though guidelines listed when adding a listing to happycow (the wording seems to change somewhat but there's been guidelines on this for the 15 years or so I've humbly been using the website). This for example is the opening part of the current blurb on adding listings that aren't 100% vegetarian:-

    * Working toward a website that promotes compassionate, cruelty-free dining is the foremost priority at HappyCow. We firmly believe that PEACE begins in the kitchen and on the plate.

    There are plenty listings in HK and elsewhere on happycow of places that aren't 100% vegetarian but at least seem to have more interest in compassionate eating than just a token dish or 2. e.g. Take a look at the listings for O Green Cafe, Dandy's Organic Cafe, Talore Artisan Soups. These places have around at least half the menu as vegetarian. They also seem to be making it clear they are targeting the vegetarian market with some seriousness by e.g. stating which dishes on the menu aren't just vegetarian but also vegan. Also O Green and Dandy's as well as Bella Kitchen are organic.

    If a place gets added just for having a sole vegetarian dish, does that mean McDonald's gets added since they have a veggie burger? Does Pizza Hut get added since among all of the meat that they do, they have a salad bar? What about all the kebab places around the world that among dish after dish of meat, they have humus and pita or falafel. Do they get added? When someone uses happycow there is a minimum level expected on what is listed, namely that even places that aren't 100% vegetarian at least treat vegetarianism seriously and it isn't just a side line. A happycow listing is a seal of approval. If we start listing all the places that offer a token vegetarian dish or 2, happycow becomes no different from openrice.

    Keep well,

  • Stevie Stevie

    Hi again Mr Chan,

    Ever take a look at this?

    Feel free to come along to an event sometime. We always order all vegan. It would be great to have you join us.

  • vegan

Vegan friendly

Posted on 06 / 13 / 2014

This little cafe serves very fresh, conscientious dishes.
Not many vegan choices, but those that are vegan are very tasty.

I usually have their avocado/tomato sauce/sun-dried tomato/herbs/greens sandwich on thick French bread. This is sumptuous. Else you can have the vegan pasta dish. Both dishes cost about under $80 each. A fresh mint tea goes very well with either.

I must add that the cafe uses butter to cook the mushroom in the sandwich. Although it's all vegetables, a vegan client must tell the waitress ahead of time not to use butter and they usually complies. I've pressed them several times to be careful with this, to serve with sensitivity to a client's dietary preferences.

Service by three youngsters, very courteous and helpful.

Updated today, June 3, 2014
Updated from previous review on Tuesday June 03, 2014


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Last updated: 2015/03/27


Added: 2012/05/17


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