Isoya Japanese Vegetarian

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 8 reviews )

9/F, 83 Wan Chai Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong, China

居素屋日本野菜料理, at 灣仔灣仔道83號9樓 is the 2nd Japanese restaurant of Joe Hui in HK. English menu & spoken. Contemporary decor. High end. Open Mon-Sat 12:00pm-2:30pm, 6:00pm-11:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Japanese, Take-out

8 Reviews

First Review by HKveggie

Japanese vegetarian food - Edit

Choose 3 side dishes and a main for the cheaper lunch set ($98 10%). There are a number of options and you can indicate if you prefer egg- or dairy-free, and the dish will be prepared accordingly.

Surprisingly, the lime somen and Koya tofu were my favourites - the hint of lime in the cold somen was light and refreshing, and the tofu was soft, spongy and flavourful. All the dishes were really good and quite filing!

Staff are friendly and polite. Overall environment of restaurant was clean and the atmosphere calm.

Pros: Egg & dairy free option, Calm environment

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Wonderful fine vegetarian dining in Wan Chai - Edit

I went to Isoya for dinner last week. The menu consists of two similar sets both in the dishes that they contain and in the price of each of them.

The whole dinner was a fascinating experience, accompanied by matcha tea, in which each single dish was unique and surprising. My favorite dishes were the gluten skewers and the vegan sushi, although perhaps the most surprising one was the delicious raw Osaka eggplant.

The staff was very friendly, bringing us more tea as soon as ours was cold and explaining us the dishes when they were arriving on the table. Joe, the owner, also gave us further explanations when he arrived to the restaurant.

I would recommend going to Isoya to anyone in Hong Kong who can afford it, as it is a truly remarkable experience.

Pros: Excellent food, Creative, Friendly staff

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Nice and friendly Vegetarian Japanese restaurant - Edit

I went there for dinner.

The different courses were all very tasty and made of high quality ingredients.

All the dishes were vegan expect for dessert, which I skipped and got a discount for.

Joe, the owner, is very friendly and explained me all the dishes and gave some background info.

I would go there again if I visit Hongkong again.

Pros: Very tasty and fine food, Friendly staff, Clean and nice ambience

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Lovely Japanese vegetarian in a calm atmosphere - Edit

I came here for lunch with a friend and had an enjoyable experience.

The place feels clean, light and calm. The owner, Joe, was really friendly and patient. He talked us through the items on the menu, and I could see his passion for the food.

Their lunch sets are reasonable - a standard set is HKD 98, while a deluxe set is 188 (plus service). (I think their dinner prices are higher.) We decided to go for one standard and one deluxe.

Everything tasted fresh, without mock meats (a plus for me), and delicately balanced. In my experience, Japanese food tends to be based around few quality ingredients.

Favourites were the Koya tofu (lovely spongy texture), avocado salad (tasty sesame dressing), Japanese green pepper skewers and cold lime somen (perfectly refreshing). I enjoyed the okra with natto (although natto is usually not to everyone's liking as it's quite stringy!). I found the dessert (not sure of the name - tasted chewy/rice based, coated in Matcha powder) too strong because of the Matcha powder but my friend liked them.

I would be happy to go back again for lunch or to try the dinner menu.

Pros: Fresh, great service

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Isoya Japanese Vegetarian, Hong Kong - Edit

It's very nice food here. If this place was all vegan it'd defo be 5 out of 5 from me.

Updated from previous review on 2016-05-26

Pros: Vegan friendly, Delicious food

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Good vegan Japanese - Edit

The place is clean and organised. Food is very well presented. Lunch set was great. Went with a friend who is not vegan and she liked it too.

Pros: Service is quick.

Cons: Near the wet market where you will seeots of dead

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Mixed feelings - Edit

Had dinner here with a friend. They only do set meals: a regular kaiseki set, a seasonal cherry blossom-themed kaiseki set, and a soy milk hotpot set (available for parties of two or more). All are priced at HKD300+ plus 10% service charge. Not everything is vegan, but they will gladly swap out non-vegan courses upon request. Each table can choose from any two of those sets regardless of the size of the group—a policy they said they put in place to avoid confusion, which we couldn't quite wrap our heads around, but anyway…

Both of us ordered the seasonal cherry blossom set. The food was hit or miss. Some courses were better than the others, but none was great. I enjoyed the almond tofu appetizer, the soy milk chawanmushi, and the udon noodles, but not too impressed with the tempura and the sushi plate. The former was too heavy and greasy, didn’t taste like much other than fried batter. The latter was just so ordinary and wasn’t any better than what you can get grab-and-go at the local supermarket. It did feature a fried cherry blossom sushi to make it look more special, but it was a bland, oily dud. As a whole, the meal felt like a dumbed-down kaiseki. The execution and sophistication simply wasn’t there. Oh, and because I couldn’t eat the dairy ice-cream for dessert, they gave me a strawberry instead. Yes, singular, one.

At this price point, I expected more from the food. Good thing the staff was very nice people and the setting was clean and modern in a zen way. I also appreciate their trying to bring something new and different to the local veg*n scene. This would've been a 3 from me, but I added another 0.5 because of that and rounded this up to a 4.

Pros: décor, service

Cons: pricey, so-so food

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Fantastic Japanese vegetarian restaurant - Edit

I have eaten at Isoya twice for dinner. The set menu consists of a number of imaginative small courses which are all really well presented and are fresh and tasty. The quality of the food is far better than any other vegetarian restaurant we have been to in HK and having lived in the city for 15 years we have been to most of them. The staff are friendly and welcoming and I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys fresh food which is well cooked and well presented. The price of the food is very reasonable particularly given the high quality of the food. Looking forward to going back again soon!

Pros: Great tasting fresh food, Imaginative dishes, Friendly and welcoming

Cons: None!

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