Natural and healthy cuisine. Uses purified water for cooking. No microwave, pan-fried, deep-fried stir-fired, MSG, egg, milk, mushroom, or corn starch. Directions: Entrance is the first doorway in the alley to the left side of Capo's Expresso - walk up 3 floors. Address in Chinese: 中環機利文新街6 號 3/F (余仁生對正街口,公公雲吞麵檔與生果檔則巷仔上). Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan, Organic, Western, Gourmet, Take-out
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First Review by Powerbex
sfvoyage
sfvoyage
8

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  • vegetarian

bland, boring vegan food

2 Posted on 12 / 02 / 2013

Private dining is popular in Hong Kong, and I have to say Soland belongs to a new group of "hidden dining"! It's not easy to find. When you turn onto Gilman's Bazaar off Queen's Road Central, look for the immediate small alley to the left. There is absolutely no signage, on the street, the corner, the building itself. You'll see an old walk-up building, still with no signage. Once you start walking up the stairs, you'll see a small "Soland" sign on the mail boxes. Continue walking up 4 levels to 3/F, and you'll find Soland.

It's in a converted tiny apartment. All the customers at lunch today were HK women. Later, a couple of men came.

The food is really boring and bland. There is no choice: just one plate of rice, a little lettuce and mixed veggie. They advertise that everything is vegan and healthy, no deep frying, no stir frying even! Supposedly they use coarse salt, but I couldn't taste any evidence of that. I can cook much better at home.

The menu lists a choice of Set A & B, the difference being that set A comes with soup or drink (HK$50), and set B comes with both soup and drink (HK$55). Of course, set B is a better deal, but you don't get a choice. You'll be served soup before ordering, and later you'll be asked for your choice of drink, which is included. The only other decision you'll make is either tomato or curry sauce with the main plate (for today, anyway). The waitress was pushing their dessert big time afterwards for an additional HK$35, I think.

I think this type of restaurants serves a purpose in HK, where there is limited vegetarian, let alone vegan, options, and most local Chinese veggie restaurants serve greasy MSG-laden Cantonese food with a lot of mock meats. Still, the food here is so bland and uninspired that, were I not on vacation, there'd have been no reason to eat here. I can cook much better and equally healthy vegan food at home in a matter of minutes.

By the way, the soup today was tomato soup, bland and thin. The drink we chose was the fruit smoothie, also bland and thin.

Reservation is preferred; they can't always accommodate walk-ins. Only lunch is served from 12:00-15:00; closed Sat, Sun and holidays.

Updated from previous review on Monday December 02, 2013

Updated from previous review on Monday December 02, 2013

Pros: vegan food, calm and quiet atmosphere
Cons: bland and boring taste, difficult to find
FrankieTrailBlazer
FrankieTrailBlazer
1

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  • vegan

Quite Good & Tasty - Convenient Location

4 Posted on 06 / 04 / 2013

A great option for cooked vegan food in convenient location, and well known by local vegetarian office workers.

Set allows for choice from two mains, and an optional drink and optional dessert.

Service may be a little slow for those looking to dine & dash.

The restaurant, open for lunch only, is choc-a-bloc from open til close so best to make a reservation in advance.

All things considered a good lively atmosphere in this tiny but personable restaurant.

Well worth the effort of locating the place at is it is in overall convenient location in Central.

Overall thumbs up!
Updated from previous review on Tuesday June 04, 2013

Updated from previous review on Tuesday June 04, 2013

Pros: Healthy & Tasty Veggie Set, Great Value, Convenient Location
watermeloun
watermeloun
11

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  • vegetarian

An amazing experience

5 Posted on 01 / 05 / 2012

This was the first vegan restaurant I've been in my life and I loved it so much.

You first need to find the place in Gilman's Bazaar (if you can't find it just ask to someone in the street).

Then you turn on the right and you go into the building. On the third floor just open the door and you're there.

A zen music is welcoming you. You just need to give your name if you have a reservation (better because it's cheaper than without reservation) or to take a sit.

They only cook one dish per day so you don't have to choose anything. You can have for 46$ a soup, a dish and a beverage.
When I've been there everything was so tasty and healthy. The food is fresh and organic.

The staff is very friendly and the atmosphere is great.

I highly recommend this place is you're in the area/ vegan/ or want to experience something different :)

Pros: healthy, fresh, zen
Cons: tiny
Le
Le
17

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  • vegan

Really disappointing

2 Posted on 12 / 10 / 2011

The food served is very primitive: steamed rice with steamed vegetables, no special flavors, herbs or spices. A lasy-cook's style.
The fact that was absolutely shocking: the pumpkin cream soup, which I had as a first dish, appeared in my second one as a dressing!!!
You have no options or choices, no menu.
Soland's food is not a meal but just a set of nutrients. I was starving in an hour after I left.
The stuff was very rushing, (though the place was almost empty), with absolutely incomprehensible English.
Hong Kong is packed with places where you can have amazing vegan meals, not less healthy, but much more diverse.


Deborah3000
Deborah3000
11

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  • vegetarian

Not easy to find

2 Posted on 03 / 16 / 2011

I came here for lunch with a friend. I had to ask for directions in a shop next door. It is more like somebody's dining room. The service was friendly but the food was quite plain. Healthy but nothing out of the ordinary. I am not sure I would go back.

Pros: friendly service, cheap
Cons: smallish, plain food, not easy to find

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JohnnySensible
JohnnySensible
164

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  • herbivore

OMG - ...tis excellent!

5 Posted on 09 / 26 / 2010

The ultimate vegan eating experience in Hong Kong.

Running for several years already - very low profile - only recently discovered by HappyCow.

VB is totally correct - you must phone ahead & let them know to save you a plate if you are going to arrive much after 13.30.

Yesterday I "bought 10 & got 2 free" - HK$ 450 for 12 lunches - to be eaten over the coming month - that comes to around US$ 5 per lunch - incredible value.

Talk to the Soland folks if you want to have an evening meal / party at Soland - with a week or so's notice they may well say "Yes we can"!

Message me if you want to meet up for a lunch!
Updated from previous review on Friday May 08, 2009


VeganBeader
VeganBeader
3

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  • vegan

Absolutely superb

5 Posted on 09 / 07 / 2010

.............but only open for a couple of hours each working weekday.

Today there was sprouted salad, green beans in a pumpkin sauce, brown rice, a very nice fresh tomato & herb soup, plus dandelion coffee.

Phone ahead if you are thinking of arriving much after 13.00 as they often "sell out".

Interesting location, you climb up many flights of stairs after finding the entrance in an alley way.

The owner & the team are sweet people.

I eat there often & each time the food is very satisfying.

Daily set menu, no food choices, you can select your drinks though.


sglcklch
sglcklch
271

reviews

  • vegan

Very healthy and yummy

5 Posted on 03 / 19 / 2010

Came here for lunch with a friend of mine. It took a while for us to locate the restaurant and I finally had to call them for directions.

Food was delicious and very healthy. I had the sorbet for dessert too, which was just scrumptious! Sadly they only open for lunch hours.

Pros: healthy and yummy, reasonably priced
Cons: hidden location, lunch only
veggieyogini
veggieyogini
13

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  • vegetarian

fantastic

5 Posted on 02 / 07 / 2010

healthy and extremely tasty food and drink! the homemade fresh almond milk is out of this world yummy! very friendly people, nice atmosphere. it does get packed though, come early or make a reservation. ...cannot believe myself that i did not try earlier!


Powerbex
Powerbex
22

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  • vegan

Great healthy food

4 Posted on 11 / 26 / 2009

Great little place. Only open for lunch and usually full so book in advance. No choice here- you sit down and get given a bowl of soup, then after that a plate of freshly cooked food (usually vegetables with a sauce and rice/noodles). Nothing fancy but always hearty and delicious. Prices are super cheap.



 

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