Gaia Veggie Shop - Miramar Shopping Centre

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Shop 2005, 2/F, Miramar Shopping Centre, 132 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China

Vegetarian restaurant with 100+ seats. Serves Cantonese Buddhist ovo lacto veggie food. Note that mock meats might contain egg. Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-10:00pm.

Categories: Lacto, Ovo, Chinese

14 Reviews

First Review by ReidMeFirst

Very bad service - Very weird experience - Edit

I ordered an appetizer and a main dish. The waitress only brought the main dish. I started eating it thinking the appetizer would come later, but 20 minutes after finishing my food, there was still no appetizer. When I asked to the waitress where was my appetizer, she told me she took note of my order but did not told the cooker to make it. I had no explanation about why she did not transmit it.
I still don't know why I never had my appetizer...
Worst waitress I ever seen in my life.

Cons: waitress

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Good Food, Bad Service - Edit

I found it a little disappointing that there is a tiny pool with barely any water in it, right outside the restaurant, with medium-sized fish hardly swimming around. Clearly the vegetarian aspect of this restaurant is for health, and not for the animals!

They have a self-service queueing system to get a table, whereby you take a ticket -- which sounds good in theory! We waited for a good 20 minutes, looked away for one minute at the menu outside (to anticipate what we wanted to order), and lo and behold our ticket number had already passed! They did not call out our number and instead made us wait again and gave our table to other people. They were not friendly whatsoever about this.

We ordered quite a few dishes -- the portions are huge and there's good value for money. As other reviewers mentioned, it's not particularly vegan friendly as it's unknown if the mock meats contain eggs, and many dishes contain dairy (which an annoyed waiter had to constantly check on for me). The food came quickly and was tasty. I recommend the dumpling soup!

We had to ask 3 times for our bill. There's a Japanese set menu in addition to the English menu but I could not read it. Most of the staff could not speak English, so thank goodness I had a local friend with me.

Pros: large portions, menu variety, quick preparation of food

Cons: rude staff, not vegan-friendly, heavy on the mock meats

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Very creative tasty food - Edit

Gaia Veggie Shop Miramar – Japanese style
(Mon-Sun 11:00am-10:00pm)

Shop 2005, 2/F, Miramar Shopping Centre, 132 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui , Kowloon, Hong Kong
From Chung King Mansions (40 Nathan Rd) go right on Nathan Rd. and walk past the MTR Sha Tsui Station continue to just past Kimberly Rd > The Kowloon park has been on your left, (Don’t be deceived by looking for the Kowloon Park as a landmark – on Nathan road is a row of shops fronting the park > the park is not visible from the street) the Miramar Shopping Center is on your right. The Gaia Veggie Shop is on the second level – look for mall directory for details.

Great service, lovely environment, all 4 dishes that we got were tasty and 2 of them were extra yummy.

The meal for 2 of us came to $365 Hong Kong Dollars. (Just like all Hong Kong prices, expensive. Not a city for travelers on a tight budget.) We saw dozens of other items on the menu that we would love to try.

Went back a second time and had 2 new items. One was tasty and the other was really tasty.

Best to make reservations > second time we went (on a Friday evening around dinner time) we had a 45 minute wait to get in.

Only complaint I have is that when we sat down they gave us 2 cups and a pot of watery Chinese Tea. It was presented as if it was gratuitous. At the end of the meal we were charged $24 Hong Kong Dollars for the tea. Not only do I not enjoy Chinese tea so only had a few sips because it was there, but even if I did, I certainly would not be paying $24HKD for it. I would suggest making a note to refuse the tea and have a great dining experience.

Second time we went > they brought the tea, we refused it. At the end of the meal it was still on the bill. After arguing with the waiter, the best he would come up with was for us to pay for tea for one person not two, Some lame excuse that the computer automatically charges for tea for each person, whether they drink it or not.

Cons: Bad handling of forced tea charge

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March.2016 - Edit

The first Gaia place we visited in Kowloon.
Didn't realize they have special discount everyday 3-5PM, which explained the queue and the 20+ minutes waiting.
We found out about the discount once we got the bill. A Buddhist nun sitting next table understanding our confusion told us about the deal.
The food is what we discovered in the following week a typical veg*n food for Hong Kong - slightly blunt, low on salt, many of the dishes using faux meat, which I personally dislike. However, they have enough other options. I loved the bitter melon pancake.
After visiting the other Gaia restaurant I would recommend this one as the better of the two.

Pros: location, vegan options

Cons: charge for unsolicited mediocre tea, too heavy on faux meat

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Pricey and bland - Edit

Had veggies in curry sauce and also veggie dumplings. Dumplings were pretty tasteless. Big portion of veggies and great puff pastry served with veggie dish. Cost 165 HK $. Might come back to try faux meat dishes.

Pros: Everything is vegetarian

Cons: Expensive for what you get and somewhat bland.

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Gaia Veggie Shop - Miramar Shopping Centre - Edit

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, Untrustable diet suitability labelling

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Good food, bad service - Edit

We went here for dinner one evening at 19:00. The place was packed, with tables very close to one another. We got a menu, and then waited for our order to be taken. And we waited, and we waited and we waited. Just as we were about to walk out, a waitress came over. The menu was extensive, with many meat and fish analogs. Our order finally came, and the food was very tasty and attractively arranged, the portions generous. Some of the analogs looked so much like the real thing that we had to confirm that they were indeed vegetarian.

Pros: Good food; big servings, Attractive servings, Convenient location

Cons: Slow service, Very slow service, Extremely slow service

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Amazing Vegetarian Selection - Edit

I was amazed with the menu offered in this restaurant. It is only so often I walk into a place that offers 100+choices of meat free meals. A lot of the options are mock meat (which I love!!), but they do offer veg only and egg free as well. The service was typical HK but they were friendly enough and timed bringing us our dishes perfectly. As we finished one dish, they would bring a new one. I have to say one of the highlights to me was the Japanese style sushi they offered. I live in Japan and only have the cucumber and pickled daikon rolls available to me. At Gaia I was finally able to try a (vegan) California roll, and it was AMAZING!!!
I will definitely be stopping back at Gaia during my next trip to Hong Kong!!

Pros: Too many options, Try HK style food, but meat free, Affordable price

Cons: Too many options, Seating is a bit tight

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Great Japanese Style Veggie - Edit

Reminds us of Shojin in LA. Wonderfully upscale atmosphere, mostly Hong Kong natives who know their vegetarian preferences. Incredible selection. Only downside is that they name a lot of their dishes after meats, and you must advise them if you are pure vegan.

Pros: selection, atmosphere, clientele

Cons: "meat" names, must warn if no eggs

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Not Polite , rude behavior - Edit

Food good but being foreigner should explain and be friendly to the tourist , we brought our guest and they were upset with their behavior , must change this gives bad image to the tourist

Pros: good food

Cons: bad service, not polite , don't understand

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amazing - Edit

We had to queue for half an hour but it was worth the wait. There's a reason this place is in high demand. Great food, great place and great service. They speak English but I struggled to get across that as a vegan I don't do eggs and dairy so had to order safely. next time I'll take the vegan passport. Menu is in English as well and they don't rely heavily on mock meat.

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Great place to eat!! - Edit

Even if it is at a shopping centre the food is amazing. If you are used to have your meals drinking cold water, bring it yourself!One of the best places in the city!!

Pros: excellent food

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Our favourite veggie place in Hong Kong - Edit

We were unimpressed with the other vegetarian restaurants we visited while we were in HK, so we actually ended up coming to Gaia twice while we were visiting the city. Particularly good were the "suckling pig" dumplings and the "lamb" satay. They do make it very clear on the menu which dishes have eggs. Prices are reasonable and when we were there, they were offering 20% off the bill if you ate between 5 and 7 pm.

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Pretty Good Vegetarian - Edit

The interior of the restaurant is quite upscale compared to most places in Hong Kong. The table area is a little cramped, the restaurant was packed at 6:00pm on a Sunday night. The noise level wasn't terrible, though.

The food was pretty darned good. I was in the mood for something slightly greasy after a day of running around. I had a nice veggie plate with beef rolls dinner, and a non-alcoholic beer here. I grew out of mock meats quite a while ago, but the fake beef rolls were pretty tasty and just the right level of greasy and salty to satisfy my craving. The meal was served with a nice bowl of grape tomatoes (kind of fun to eat with chopsticks), and the main dish was very generously sized. At a little over $8US for the main dish and $3US for the beer, it was quite reasonably priced -- cheaper than I expected given that it is in an upscale shopping mall.

The service was 'normal Hong Kong,' -- waitstaff only comes over if you wave at them. The main menu has English, but I get the impression that some items are only in the Big Book of Chinese Something Or Other that comes with the menu. A few of the tables looked to have stuff that I didn't see on the menu.

You may want to read reviews of the other Gaia Veggie Shop locations for more meal reviews. Especially ones that aren't glowing reviews due to grease-craving.

Pros: Good food, Good value

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