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G/F, Shop A-B, Yardley Commercial Building, New Market St, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong, China,

Pay-by-weight veggie buffet in Sheung Wan. Features dishes such as vegetable stir fry; variations of tofu and beancurd, which includes curry, baked; and unlimited soup, rice, and beancurd dessert. Nearest MTR - Sheung Wan exit B. Mon-Sun 12:00pm-3:00pm, Mon-Sun 6:00pm-9:00pm

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Chinese, Buffet, Salad bar, Take-out, Asian

Reviews (15)

First Review by JohnnySensible

decided not to eat here - Edit

As other reviews state the all you can eat sign is a red herring. It's 38 hkd and that gets you 100g, then you pay by weight. The food looked ok but the atmosphere was really indifferent and unwelcoming. Decided not to eat there's ur to the vibe and pricing policy


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harvester - Edit

the signage outside, with the headline "ALL U CAN EAT", while technically not incongruent, can be somewhat deceptive. yes, it's all you can eat, but, unlike a conventional buffet where you pay a flat price for unlimited food, here you pay for whatever you eat (in which case, what makes it different from any other non-buffet restaurant, where you can order as much as you like as long as your wallet permits?). as previous reviewers have written, "pay by weight" is a fairer and more accurate description, with the only free-flow items being rice, congee, soup and green bean soup (dessert of the day).

when i went at about 7 pm, there were ten trays of hot dishes, with a good range of veggies rather than faux meats, along with a dish of "sashimi". some of the trays were close to empty, but one of them was soon replaced with another new one.

while the minimum buffet charge is hkd 33, probably due to my choice of heavier items such as pumpkin, gourd/melon and tofu, my plate amounted to a whopping hkd96! (http://www.happycow.net/venueimages.php?vid=11371&i=124528)

if you're on a tight budget, you'd probably have to eat like a sparrow and pick the thinner or lighter-looking items. or, alternatively, order a plate of noodles (around hkd45) instead of going for the buffet.

i've no complaints about the food, but it's definitely not something i'd pay hkd96 for, even by hk standards, and even if rice/congee/soup/dessert are free-flow. for around that price range, there are other unlimited dinner buffets such as ahimsa in north point or cs vegan in tin hau, both of which are even cheaper during lunchtime.

on the plus side, it's conducive for solo dining, and while packed was still quiet. it also seems to be particular about hygiene (with plastic barriers above each tray and signages asking you to refrain from speaking while scooping food, and to use a new bowl each time you refill soup/rice).

Pros: conducive for solo dining, quiet, particular about hygiene

Cons: pricey depending on what you choose, dishes not labelled


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a quiet place, perfect when alone - Edit

I regularly come to Harvester, mostly when I'm alone during the weekend , as it is close to my place, with decent food, buffet style, possibility to add some extra dishes (I love their fried carrot-noddles), reasonable price and last but not least quiet atmosphere (at least in the room behind, i.e. with no TV). Then I also agree that depending on the day/time, the choice of dishes may or may not suit you, that the staff could smile a bit more and the room be refurbished. In the same buffet-style, with same owner, I largely prefer Bijas at HKU (5 stars) which is also cheaper (as it benefits from the university subsidy). 4 stars for this one is a good rating. I also understand those who give less.

Pros: convenient for one person , quiet atmosphere , side dishes (fried noddles)

Cons: limited choice (depending on time), old room that would need to be refurnished


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Harvester, Hong Kong - Edit

I 1st went as part of the local meat free meetup group in Sep 14. As has been said already its a pay by weight buffet. Current price is 19 hkd per 100 grams. There must be a lot of water absorbed into the food as mine wasn't especially big but was 80 odd bucks. Its then serve yourself on unlimited soup, congee, rice and soupy red bean dessert. The food I had was nice enough. The 8 choices to serve yourself for the main were all vegan tonight.

As an alternative to the pay by weight buffet they offer 3 noodle dishes at around 50 dollars each. This is still accompanied by help yourself to unlimited soup, congee, etc.

One thing that could've been better is that the seating / tabling is a little on the cramped side. They of course though can only operate within the space that they have.

Pros: Vegan friendly, Nice noodle dishes

Cons: Slightly cramped seating


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Not a buffet, but pricey pay-by-weight - Edit

First of all, please stop referring to this place as a buffet. It's a pay-by-weight (HKD19/100gram, min. $33)with about 12 selections. You get rice, congee, and soup for free - those 3 items are unlimited.

I had lunch there today and recalled from a visit there last year that even though the min. is $33, it's easy to go way above that. So I was careful and thought I had taken about $40-50's worth of food, only to be surprised to find out it was $70. Too late by then. I noticed later that most people take even less food - an almost miniscule amount - on their plate and fill up on the rice, congee and soup.

The food is average and really overpriced for a lunch canteen in this neighborhood. Fook Luk Sau near Central Market is similar and charges a flat $31 for 3 choices plus unlimited rice, soup, noodles and dessert soup.

If you eat here, be careful how much food you put on your plate!

Pros: tasty simple Chinese veggie cooking, good variety

Cons: deceptively expensive, not good value for money


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Nice veggie buffet restaurant - Edit

Conveniently located right next to Western Market Harvester offers a good vegetarian buffet, pay as you go by weight. 12 different dishes, tried most of them and was quite happy with the taste. You get free soup, rice and water with the purchase. Unfortunately, most of the buffet items are not marked, so you actually don't really know what you put on your plate. A bit challenging if you are vegan. Seating is plenty (and most of the customers did go for the take-away option) but the tables and chairs are really small and extremely close to each other.
Not cheap, but good value for money.


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excellent lunch place - Edit

excellent place for getting healthy organic vegetarian food in portion and variety you prefer. i love the chinese soup they serve! they also have great steamed dumplings and filled buns!

Pros: healthy, choose your own variety and portion size


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Quiet but boring food - Edit

Hi, I've tried the Harvester twice now. While the staff is friendly and the back half of the sitting area is very quiet and almost quaint (perhaps a reason to come), the Harvester is on the pricier side for what it is and has limited hours and relatively few options to choose from each day. Although some of the faux-meat/faux-fish seems to be done well (if you like that sort of thing), much of the food is rather bland. If you are on a budget, hungry and looking for value, the Harvester is probably not the best option out there. If you are looking for a place to read and study without pop music blaring in the background, this place may be worth a try.

Pros: friendly staff, quiet

Cons: bland food, limited hours, expensive


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Great Buffet - Edit

This place is definitely worth checking out, especially if you are traveling solo and want to try out a bunch of different dishes.

As others have explained, it's a buffet and you pay by weight. I got a thanksgiving dinner sized plate of food (AKA HUGE) and it cost $80 HK. But it comes with all you can eat rice, congee, soup and dessert soup.

The vibe is great in here and seemed very popular with locals who were getting off of work.

The food itself had some great mock meat dishes, such as the gingery fish with bok choy and the chicken cutlets in a light curry sauce. The sauteed greens were a little overcooked, but this is my only complaint!

All in all, this place is perfect if you are starving and want to fill up on fresh, reliable veggie food.

One last thing. The hours are a bit weird. It's only open from 12-3 PM and then again from 6-9 PM.


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Tasty food and friendly staff - Edit

Very nice restaurant! Been here a few times now. Good concept where you pick your dishes from a buffet and you pay per 100 grams (currently HKD 15) so an average plate will go for about $40-$60. They also have some soup/noodle dishes, one of them is Bak-Kut-Teh (herbal noodle soup - Yummy !)
Definitely worth visiting if you're in Sheung Wan neighbourhood.


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Great food - sold by weight so no waste - good++ - Edit

Harvester is the best restaurant that I have been to in Hong Kong from the HappyCow listings.

Lots of veggies - good rice / mixed grains.

Great value - tasty food - clean & tidy.

From today onwards you will often find me in Harvester!

The staff speak good English.

One dish had eggs today so ask & be careful.


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great idea! - Edit

How it works: (very well actually!) ...grab a plate and help yourself to some food from the buffet. It is $15/100g (approx $2.50 Australian/100g), with a minimum charge of $28 (about $5AUD). I had a lightly covered (ie not stacked up, but covered) plate and it came to $54 ....but wait! Theres more.... The real bargain to the whole thing is that lovely 5 grain rice, clear soup, tea and congee are all FREE on top of that!

And its nice to sit in and friendly too.

Location: On the right hand side towards the end of New Market Street to the left of the very easy to spot "Western Market" building. It has street frontage and you should have no problems seeing its large sign. (Free Hotel Map grid square 46B). It is easy to walk to from the Hong Kong Airport Express Station. (Des Voeux Road leads straight to it)

Pros: eat little or lots, five grains rice is so yummy!


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Wheatgrass in Hong Kong - 95% vegan - yummy - Edit

A great little restaurant business - a "unique for Hong Kong" menu - Cantonese classics / some raw dishes / increasing amounts of sprouts / wheatgrass juice deserts. Very good value lunch & evening buffets - for savory dishes you pay by weight - the red rice / brown rice / congee / soups / a herbal drink are "gratis". Conceived of & run by Howard - a "herbal tea alchemist" & Tai Chi teacher whose speciality is helping stroke victims to regain their mobility. Just a few metres away from the old "Western Market" building. This is Hong Kong - they will be copied! Organic packaged food & teas also available. I give them a "5" as they are doing a great job & are happy, friendly people!


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