Gaia Veggie Shop - Causeway Bay

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 8 reviews )

8/F, Goldmark, 502 Hennessy Rd, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong, China

Vegetarian restaurant with 100+ seats serving Cantonese Buddhist veggie food. Ask about egg in dishes. Limited English spoken. At Causeway Bay MTR station Exit F. Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-10:00pm.

Categories: Lacto, Ovo, Chinese

8 Reviews

First Review by JohnnySensible

Food is amazing - service not so much - Edit

Amazing food selection all vegetarian, good selection for the spicy lovers as well and you got everything appetizers, mains, noodles, Rice’s, hot pot, etc
The service unfortunately like most of the restaurants in Hong Kong it lacks of manners and smiles. But if you smile at them they smile back at you. ;)

Pros: great selection , amazing taste , convenient location

Cons: Service, not all staff speaks English

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huge range of Chinese food - Edit

Visited this place a few times and it's generally always busy, which is a good sign as people seem to like it. Most recently, went on a Sunday afternoon for late lunch, at around 3pm and it was packed.

High air conditioning so needed a jumper.

They have food half price between 3-5pm which was a nice surprise, and it's also discounted I believe between 5-7pm.

Staff don't have much patience, given high volume of traffic. Items containing egg are labelled, but not items containing dairy (you need to check what is vegan, as some items do contain dairy).

Half of my group rly enjoyed the food. I thought it was good, not amazing. We had cold shredded burdock appetiser (good); veggie fried dumplings (good but outer piece was quite thick and inside was all green - would have preferred it to be mixed vegetables); a great cold tofu dish in delicious sauce with seaweed pieces; pad Thai style noodles was ok. Lots of mock meats, if you're into that, or you can order carefully to avoid those.

Pros: huge menu , discounts at certain hours

Cons: busy , not friendly service (but not rude either)

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Gaia Veggie Shop - Causeway Bay - Edit

This vegetarian restaurant is located in the 7F of the last building of Hennessy street. The local is quite big and busy. The staff speaks english, at least the ones that attended us.

The food is reasonably priced. The dumplings and the vegetarian salmon sashimi were particularly good, but we didn't like that much the rice skin noodles with sesame sauce. The sauce was too sweet for our taste and I personally didn't like the texture of the noodles.

The staff was friendly when we asked about the possiblity of taking the remains of our dinner in a take away box and they even offered us a dessert for free.

Updated from previous review on 2017-06-27

Pros: Reasonably priced, Nice food

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tasty mock food - Edit

nice place to get a huge range of fake meat & fish food. food was very tasty. free tea and nice seating. prices are ok. sometimes there is a reduction up to 50% depending on time (2-5 pm)
staff not very friendly.

Pros: huge range of food, meals containing eggs are marked.

Cons: unfriendly staff

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Gaia Veggie Shop, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong - Edit

Updated from previous review on Friday February 21, 2014

The lady who runs this chain of eateries is very nice. In being compelled to report the facts I thus regret to say that she does not have any understanding of the concept of veganism. Any dishes that are on the menu are vegan by coincidence rather than intent. Trust their attention to detail in reporting egg and dairy content in dishes at your own peril. For example that the menu indicates that some dishes contain egg implicitly implies that dishes without that symbol do not contain egg. Only take that to mean that the chef doesn't add egg to a dish. Do not take that to mean that any ingredients such as mock are egg free. Also the do not take to mean that there is a high level of rigour in the kitchen to protect against contamination of non vegan ingredients via the utensils they use in the kitchen.

Cons: No understanding of veganism

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Large, busy, bustling dining experience - Edit

Gaia is a very big & busy restaurant with an extensive menu, including a decent vegan selection. Care should however be taken when ordering as the menu does not indicate which options are vegan and the wait staff don't seem to have the time or patience to be of much assistance.

The food at Gaia is decent, but certainly not amazing. The food presentation left much more of an impression on me than the taste. The first time my wife & I went we ordered some Japanese-style dishes including roles & veggie sashimi. The presentation was really cool, but the taste wasn't great.

After that we mostly stuck with noodle dishes, soup & dry. We also ordered dumplings quite often. Each time the food was decent, but not amazing. The menu is very heavy with mock meats, which we tried to avoid.

Despite the food not being amazing my wife & I ate here quite often during 3pm & 5pm, when all food is half price. During this period, the price represents decent value for money.

Pros: Nice food presentation, Half price between 3pm & 5pm

Cons: Difficult to decipher what is vegan, Not a great customer service experience

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Food OK in general except too many mock meats - Edit

Have had dinner here twice. Decor is nice, food not bad in general, just too many mock meats. They do offer set dinners where you can pick your combination of select starters, soups, and main courses at a lower price; but I suggest ordering a la carte instead, you will have much better choices. Also, watch out for traces of eggs and dairy ingredients as they might not necessarily be marked. Once I ordered a fried rice, the menu didn't say anything about eggs and it came with tiny bits of scrambled eggs all over which was impossible to be picked out. Just confirm with the staff when ordering.

Pros: decor

Cons: too many mock meats, eggs or dairy might sneak in

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Memorable dishes....... - Edit

......but take at least one LOCAL Cantonese speaker with you to help you to order as they have little concept of 'vegan' - milk is hidden in some of the sauces.

The chefs here are most excellent - creating highly inventive dishes.

Scaringly real mock meats - they even have life-like snails on the menu.

Don't stress if they get some of your order wrong - I have never had exactly what I ordered.

One of the waitresses really reminds me of Manuel / Andrew Sachs.

NOT fast food - some of the dishes can take 30 minutes to come to the table.

I love this place.

I am going to give it '5' because of the great food - for service the place maybe deserves '3'.

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