Grassroots Pantry

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 30 reviews )

108D Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong, China

Cafe serving world-inspired dishes with most menu items being vegan suitable. Sources unprocessed and organic ingredients as possible. Est. 2012 at 2-14 Fuk Sau Lane and re-opened here in 2015. Open Mon-Sun 9:00am-11:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, International, Organic, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Asian

30 Reviews

First Review by Grande Poobah

Original and delicious - Edit

Lovely food, light, easy to find, great waitstaff.

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Not too heavy, Variety of cuisine

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Treat yo'self - Edit

They have loads of interesting veggie and vegan choices on the menu (which is easy to find online). Brunch and a smoothie came to about HK$200 so not the cheapest place but it's definitely worth it for a treat - I ordered the pancakes and a smoothie and everything was delicious. The staff were incredibly friendly, a waiter even gave me some vegan restaurant recommendations!

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Best breakfast in Hong Kong - Edit

Delicious food served in a beautiful space and friendly staff. Serving french toast, pancakes and smoothies for breakfast and a fun fusion menu for lunch and dinner.

Pros: Delicious food, Beautiful space

Cons: Serve egg - ask twice for vegan

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best nachos and vegan chicken - Edit

Was amazed by the realistic ness of the fake meats, would definitely recommend the nachos and popcorn chicken to anyone going there. Really good location, which might account for the extremely expensive prices ($68 for a not very nice drink!) but am going back at the first chance I get- honestly some of the best, most original and fresh vegan food I’ve ever had

Pros: incredible high quality food

Cons: too expensive

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Better take a la carte - Edit

We like to go there because of its location and nice decor but last time we went there the lunch menu’s main dish was average: kimchi rice (maybe because we dont like spicy food). Yet they were nice enough to exchange it for something non spicy.
They have a good choice of dishes a la carte with some hit or miss.

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Underwhelmed - Edit

Firstly, I was very excited to come here, and made a reservation a few weeks in advance. I arrived early, and was told I may not have a table and to sit at the bar!? I said I would have a drink at the bar, but I made a reservation for a table, and the host couldn’t care less. I was given a wine list and chose a glass. They were out of that Wine, so I asked what do they have and there was only one choice.
Ordered it and waited for my table and by a miracle the host said he had a cancellation and a table is available!?! I said I have a reservation!!! You’re not doing me a favor!
The menu arrived, they had a special “holiday” menu too. I asked the server for some guidance and she said Popcorn Chicken for sure and the Porcini Dumplings. I said great. The Popcorn Chicken was great! Frighteningly exactly like Chicken!
The special Dumplings were beautifully plated, but were room temperature (nearly cold). There were 6 TINY dumplings on the plate. Beautiful but not amazing flavor, needed salt. They asked if I wanted to order more, but didn’t think it would be worth it. So I left, hungry and dissatisfied because I was very much looking for this meal to be amazing.

Pros: beautiful plating, nice space , some helpful staff

Cons: host with attitude , small portions, not amazing

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Nachos and Snow Swallow Fungus for Dessert - Edit

A bit pricier than I’d normally like to pay, but good quality food and very helpful service. I hadn’t booked and I was seated at the bar, which turned out to be fine. I peaked over another diner’s shoulder and was intrigued by her Nachos and pulled jackfruit platter. I had the same followed by a mango and snow swallow fungus dessert which I was informed by another bar diner was very good for me. It was very pleasant. Their veggie/vegan menu was easily navigable and the only doubts I had were about the biscuit accompanying the coffee (I was assured it was indeed vegan). Worth going for a treat and the excellent vegan company at the bar 😜

Pros: Very pleasant ambience, good service and in the he

Cons: A bit pricey -HKD 249 for nachos, dessert and coff

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Grassroots Pantry, Hong Kong - Edit

Small portions. Overpriced. Service seems to be hit or miss. One friend told me he bit into food there that had a metal staple in it. This wasn't good news as he was there to eat, not take care of some paperwork.

Updated from previous review on 2017-11-15

Cons: Small portions, Not for the budget conscious, Underwhelming service

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Intriguing menu but overpriced - Edit

You definitely wanna try everything on their mine and it changes regularly but it's gonna cost ya...

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Clap clap clap 👏🏽👏🏽 - Edit

Grassroots is one of those places you want to eat everything from the menu.
The menu itself has a list of all the ingredients at the end, and it's made in a fun and interesting way.
The food is incredible, I started with an acai bowl but ended up with the pancakes, a juice and the eggs with avo - all really really good.
Another plus is how the place is decorated - wonderfully!

Pros: Decor, Informative menu, location

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혁신적인 채식 요리 - Edit

여기서 먹은 음식들은 채식이면서, 동시에 채식이 아닌 거 같은 느낌을 강하게 줍니다. 그만큼 기발한 음식이 많고, 맛있습니다. 잘하는 음식점에서 뭐든 먹는 느낌. 개인적인 체질상 이유로 고기를 먹을 수 없지만 가끔 그리워질 때가 있는데 여기는 짧은 홍콩 여행 중 일부러 다시 찾아가서 몇 번이고 먹은 곳입니다. 몇 가지 메뉴는 고수 맛이 있긴 하지만 나는 잘 먹으니 상관 없음

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My Favourite for Vegan in HK!! - Edit

I literally love this place SO SO much - words cannot describe! The food here is amazingly innovative and creative, fun, beautiful plating, perfect portion sizes. Almost every dish is vegan, gluten free, and many are buddhist friendly, nut friendly, and even raw. A great selection of not only foods but also drinks, perfect for anyone reflecting multiple cultures all around the world - from western, to Chinese, Nepalese, Thai, Japanese, you name it.

Peggy, the owner, head chef, is an amazing, wonderful, talented boss lady. So inspiring, and constantly driving to empower youths to change the way for a better future.

A lovely, lovely place. A MUST TRY if you are into veggie, and even if you're not, bring a friend there, and I promise the hedhehog mushrooms will blow you away with it's chicken-like texture. Its a gem, a veggie dream.

Pros: Pretty much every dish is V.GF. or BF.NF.R., Great portion sizes, Innovative and different

Cons: A little pricey - but it is fine dining. , Limited seating - book early!

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Mostly vegan food in Sheung Wan - Edit

Grassroots pantry is a very nice (and expensive) vegetarian place in the heart of Soho.

Vegan items are explicitly indicated in their menu and, as June 2017, conform the huge majority of it. The staff is friendly and the place is quite busy, it is recommended to make a reservation in advance.

The food was very nice, especially the vegan Chicken Popcorn, made out of mushroom as the staff kindly told us and the vegan canoli. The chicken popcorns were buttery and the taste was quite similar to non-vegan chicken, being the texture the main difference with the animal counterpart. The canoli was simply delicious, especially when combined with the great Happy Cow ice cream that was also a part of the dish.

In general I would recommend this place for a fancy evening as it is quite expensive, but if you can afford it and want to try a new experience it is definitely worth trying.

Pros: Great food, Mainly vegan

Cons: Expensive

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Didn't like it - Edit

It was weird basically. Everything seemed to have these strange chewy mushrooms that were supposed to replicate chicken. It was expensive and not very well done.

Cons: just not good food, expensive

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Innovative, creative, delicious, high end, sophisticated vegan food and venue - Edit

This is my favourite special date night spot for vegan food in Hong Kong. We save it for a treat as prices are steep... but that is the only con.

They used to have a smaller venue and expanded a couple of years ago to this larger spot. It is spacious with high ceilings, and gorgeous decor (wooden and metal utensils hanging off the walls). The menus are artistic, with quirky, annotated drawings of the dishes. Love the look and feel of the bronze cutlery.

Most importantly, the food and drinks are delicious. Creative. Nice presentation. I don't think there is currently anywhere else like this in HK. I have tried most of their dishes over the years, which they change from time to time.

- "Popcorn chicken" made with hedgehog mushrooms - texture apparently like chicken - funky and fun served in a little stripey packet, stringy and chewy and moreish, and the sauce (coconut kefir and galangal) is so creamy and buttery (and vegan)!
- Signature kale salad (little overpriced) - I like the macadamia cheese and unique dressing.
- Teff injera and daal makhani (Ethiopian style) - used to be part of a main dish but now seems to be available as a side.

- My favourite is the kelp noodle salad - I don't find these noodles very often, love the crunch! It used to be served with crunchy spring rolls, whilst the current version is with wide mung bean noodles. They have the flavour combinations down perfectly. At one point, I felt the portion size was a bit small but on my last visit, it was a good serving.
- Japanese donburi dish was good but a bit heavy on the rice (be careful mixing in the chilis if you can't eat too much spice).
- I like the Indian tikka flatbread - it's not particularly Indian(!), could up the spices, bit tangy from the mango chutney, and creamy from the pine nut cream.
- Tried a gnocci dish on one of their previous menus (I think it was orange so made out of a squash rather than the current teff version) - that was delicious.

- Rum raisin cannoli - wow. Perfect with crunch, coconut whip is so light (and alcoholic) and chewy from raisins, Happy Cow salted caramel ice cream completes it nicely.
- Various cakes at the counter: Chocolate cake is RICH - recommend for sharing.

Think they have a lunch deal at around HKD 160 (not been able to try this yet tho)

Updated from previous review on 2017-06-11

Pros: Great flavour combinations, Unique dishes, Simple and sophisticated decor

Cons: Expensive....!

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Like it a lot - Edit

As a starter we had the sprouted tuna roll, main course was macrobowl and panzetta bolognese. The food was real fun, tasted very well maybe a bit oily (the pasta, but thats the way it should be anyways). It was somewhat pricey but thats what you know before. And: this restaurant has the nicest cutlery I ever seen :)

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Fantastic food, but expensive - Edit

Ate here last weekend as a special treat. Be prepared for some high prices and small portions. The food was fantastic though. Great combinations of flavours and textures. All very healthy, and plated beautifully. Didn't leave with a full stomach, but my taste buds were very happy.

Pros: Delicious

Cons: Expensive, Small portions

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Nice place for brunch - Edit

(i.e. go on a weekend or public holiday between 9am to 4pm.. as they have a separate menu!) Serves vegan and lacto-ovo vegetarian food too. The kelp noodles with hedgehog noodles and spring rolls dish was very tasty. fresh ingredients and flavours. Quantity was good! price a bit exp: 178 HKD.

the raw banana crepes weren't good at all. they're gluten free and vegan.. but not tasty at all. had a very weird taste. couldnt finish it. HK$ 118 bucks for this.

I love the ambiance, music, staff, and the vibe of the restaurant.

Updated from previous review on 2016-09-23

Pros: Nice ambiance and staff

Cons: Expensive, right in the middle of Sheung Wan and Central

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Worse dinning experience in Hong Kong - Edit

The food is horrible, it's oily and lacks flavor. We ordered 7 things, and everything was bad. The tiramisu cake is really really bad, we couldn't finish a one bite The chocolate dream milkshake is a chocolate nightmare. Not recommended at all!

Cons: Food lacks flavor

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I want to love this place but it falls short of the mark - Edit

GREAT space, great location but the food is somewhat underwhelming. It just lacks a bit of flavour. Highly recommend the breakfasts, and I have ordered a fantastic cake from them, which was delicious, but all my lunches and dinners have been on the bland side. I'll keep going but just wish they would rethink their lunch and dinner offerings.

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Incredible food - Edit

We have been travelling around Asia for four months and this was hands down the best meal we have had. We ordered many small sized dishes, dessert and a couple of drinks, our favourites being the turmeric chai latte, popcorn chicken and chocolate, oranges and cream dessert. Was very full and we seemed lucky to get a place on the bar so make a reservation if possible, it's well worth it. Wonderful waiters. Very much on the pricy side, but you get what you pay for!

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Top 5 Restaurants for Eating Vegan/Gluten Free in HK - Edit

I am actually sitting in this lovely vegan cafe in Soho as we speak at this moment! Their new pantry in Soho is a two-storey large space in a very nice setting. Even if you are not a vegan, you can still still a coffee/dessert/drink on a weekend day and hang around a bit.

From all the vegan restaurants I've visited in HK (and trust me I've been to A LOT) Grassroots Pantry probably has the most extensive menu. This can perfect attest to the fact that a vegan diet can be anything but boring. I was literally astounded at the creativity of the owner of this vegan eatery for coming up with such a variety of choices for not just vegan but also gluten-free and nut-free choices here, especially considering the fact that HK is not as mature as the US or Europe in terms of its vegan customer market.

So what do they offer here. Anything on a traditional vegan/healthy eating restaurant of course including salads, kelp noodles, acai bowl, and all that jazz. But you'd be surprised when you can find creative dishes with Southeast Asian and Japanese/Korean influences in their creations. Kimchee pancakes, "tuna" hand rolls, curry spring rolls, vegan green thai curry, Szechuan stir-fry, Unagi, etc. And 90% percent of them are vegan and gluten-free! I have yet to try all these amazing looking dishes but from the salads and a couple brunch items I've tried including their tofu scramble, gluten-free bread and cashew nut butter, none of them ever disappointed!

Don't forget to check out their dessert selections as well. They have selections of vegan gluten free cakes, cookies and pralines to choose from. Personally I didn't care much for the taste and texture of their pastries but they are definitely healthier than others.

My ratings:

Flavor - ★★★★

Environment - ★★★★★ (It's actually pretty much a nice sit-down restaurant and can be a spot for special occasions.)

Price - ★★★ (Most items are above $100HKD and it could be slightly lower IMHO.)

Location - ★★★★★ (in the heart of central SOHO)

Vegan/gluten-free options: ★★★★☆

Overall - ★★★★

Recommendation: Kale Salad and brunch items

See relevant photos and the full list of my Top 5 Restaurants for Eating Vegan/Gluten-Free in Hong Kong:

Pros: Variety

Cons: Price

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A fine place to go if you're in the area - Edit

We ordered just one dish, and had the accompanying free glasses of water (refilled by waiters as soon as they were emptied!) and starter (spiced/pickled vegetables, peanut butter, and two small slices of toasted bread) - keeping the cost to an affordable ~100HKD.

I think we bought some milk and snacks from a 7-eleven later on, but the flavours were definitely worth coming to experience, and the price wasn't prohibitive at all. Come to enjoy some new flavours, not a full belly!

Pros: Free starter , Free water (lemon), Tasty!

Cons: Expensive (but most of HK is!)

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nice location and good food - Edit

Came here the first time - the restaurant has a nice lunch menu for 128 hkd including a starter, a main course and tea or coffee. Not the biggest variety: Two different vegan starters, only one vegan main course but very good quality and really tasty. Definitely worth coming back !

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Nice Brunch - Edit

I was there for brunch on Sunday December 7, 2014. Small but varied brunch menu selection in a beautiful space with outdoor seating available. I had the Sunday Tartine, which was ok. Unfortunately I asked for the mushrooms to be well done, even though the server warned me that it was a baked dish, but I insisted and ended up with a rather dry tartine. I had iced coffee with maple sirup and it was splendid. Easy to find with the Happy Cow app.

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Two green thumbs up! - Edit

Hard to locate if new to the area, but like most good things in life, it's well worth the time and effort once yon find it.

Excellent ambience, small cosy cafe set-up with very good service. Their Burdock fries are a fantastic must-try! Also sampled the quinoa-falafel and thai green curry, both did not disappoint.

I'll definitely be back!

Pros: Good service, Fantastic food, Excellent small cosy ambience

Cons: Just a wee bit hard to find

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Exceptional Food and Service - Edit

I've dined at many of the top veg restaurants around the world. I'm always on the lookout for exciting new restaurants whenever I travel.

When visiting relatives in Hong Kong during the New Years break, we decided to splurge and try a 5 course menu at Grassroots Pantry. The sparse reviews reflected the relative newness of the restaurant.

But the few reviews I found here and elsewhere were uniformly positive. And the set menu for New Years Eve seemed very imaginative and creative.

We were able to get a table on short notice and had a lovely table for four reserved for us upstairs. The hostess/server greeted us graciously even though we arrived earlier than our reservations.

All our courses were exquisite except perhaps the forth course which lacked the high level execution of the first three courses. The dessert course, presented on a rectangular black slab, was simply divine and made up for the slippage in quality of the previous course.

If you are looking for an exceptional (mainly vegan) dining experience while in Hong Kong, Grassroots Pantry is a must visit.

Pros: Stunning Food, Gracious and Thoughtful Service, Focus on Local and Sustainable

Cons: Tricky To Find, Higher End Price Point, Small Dining Room

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