Mana! Fast Slow Food

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 46 reviews )

92 Wellington St, Central District, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong, China

Organic, vegetarian, fast slow food concept restaurant, est, 2012. Menu ranges from gluten-free brick oven baked flatbreads with toppings of your choice, to tofu and halloumi burgers, to raw vegan ice cream. Large take-out menu, food wrapped in paper-only eco-packaging. Food waste is sent to be used as fertilizer, resulting in almost zero food waste. Near Central MTR. Open Mon-Sun 10:00am-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Organic, Raw, Western, Fast food, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, Take-out

46 Reviews

First Review by sglcklch

Love Mana's burger and wraps - Edit

I've been to Mana twice and enjoyed it very much. The wraps with tempeh and tofu was really nice, and their burger was also exceptional. Vegan options are plenty.

Pros: nice food, convenient location

Cons: small space, not enough AC indoors in the summer , a bit pricy

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very poor service - Edit

Very unfriendly staff and poor service .. I have had at Mana before and it used to be good but this trip I found the attitude of staff very rude and unpleasant. Not going anymore to Mana while I am in Hongkong.

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Out of this world! - Edit

My favorite food spot in Hong Kong. Natural tones and materials give this place a real authentic vibe. Order a wrap and choose from a great selection of ingredients with a fresh juice to wash it down (I opt for carrot). Sit outside on the large table under the towers of Hong Kong and enjoy. Great food, ethos and a social hub for the likeminded.

Pros: Fresh tasty food, Ethos, Vibe and Location

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Order all the food!! - Edit

We were living in China and vegetarian/vegan restaurants are very hard to find.

We found this restaurant - it is amazing!! We ordered so much food, we have enough for the next day!!

Pros: lots of variety, big portions, laid-back vibe

Cons: a bit expensive

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Western vegan food in HK - Edit

I went to this place located in Central a few days back.

The food is quite good, with a good variety of wraps, hamburgers and desserts (not all of them are vegan). It is a bit expensive compared with more traditional restaurants which can be found not too far from Central.

It is a very good choice to eat some western veg*n food in Hong Kong in a very touristical location.

Pros: Tasty , Location

Cons: Expensive

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amazing - Edit

Amazing food, great vegan options. I ve been coming to this place everyday and never get bored of it. The food is so fresh and the fact that everything is Eco friendly is impressive

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Great food and atmosphere - Edit

The food and atmosphere are really good here. Definitely recommend this place as the best vegan/vegetarian cafe in Hong Kong. I got 3 types of wraps, burger combo, and peanut butter chocolate cake. All are really delicious.

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

This is probably hands down the most popular vegan cafe in Hong Kong, at least from my observation. And it's among my my Top 5 Restaurants for Eating Vegan/Gluten-Free in Hong Kong. (Link in the end)

Mana serves extremely fresh and healthy food in their menu, from ready made salad, to gluten free flats (made from buckwheat I believe) to power smoothies, drinks, burgers, fries, and to the raw vegan desserts and cakes. Anything you can think of or crave in the fast food world, they have their healthy version. Their menu does not have a super wide variety of choices in each category, but the best part is you get to customize your salads and flats all you want, which a lot of other similar restaurants don't offer.

For example the salads: The way you order is you choose a size and you get to choose 4 or 5 bases from their ready made salads and add your additional toppings with extra costs. My favorite combo is the kale salad with lemon dressing and spinach salad with toppings of avocado, grilled portobello mushroom (my fave! :P), sprouts or rocket. They can jam pack their small container to the fullest and it can make a very satisfying meal! On the side note, their raw vegan gluten free coconut cake is to die for! Don't pass by if you happen to see it still being available on a busy night.

After you order and pay they actually give you a beep for when the food is ready so you know hen to come and pick up. That's why they are pretty efficient with a busy business. How cool is that!

My only complaint is that not all items they offer are vegan and sometime they don't make it explicit. Their spinach salad would have cheese in it so you need to be careful when ordering.

My ratings:

Flavor - ★★★★★

Environment - ★★★★★ (Filled with amazing health-conscious people like you!)

Price - ★★★★☆ (Around $100HKD for a healthy and satisfying meal.)

On the side note, one of the staff told me just the other day that they offer a 5% discount if you bring your own container.
Another way to get discount is to join their membership. $500 HKD for the membership card and there will be a $400 balance in your card. You get 5% discount forever. I don't know if that's a good deal.... But they do have member events as a benefit.
Location - ★★★★ (in the heart of central SOHO and very easy to find, )

Vegan/gluten-free options: ★★★★☆

Overall - ★★★★☆ (What's not to love?)

Recommendation: Salad & Vegan Raw Coconut Cake

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

Pros: Fresh, Tasty, Affordable

Cons: Cash

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Best of Hong Kong - Edit

I don't normally write reviews, But I just had to write one for this one. The atmosphere is cool and the theme is well organized. Best of all, the food is out of this world. For their signature wrap, You can pick 4 fillings out of about 12. All of them are great. The best part is taking different combinations each time, making it feel different every time. We ate about 4 times from the place. Definitely worth the money.

Apart from the wrap, they have desserts and drinks. Which I feel sometimes is too expensive. But I don't mind spending the money even just to support them.

Pros: Wrap and different combinations

Cons: Desserts maybe on expensive side

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just great! - Edit

A happy place in HK - great food - you have to try the chia-pudding :) - I will definitely go there again
Updated from previous review on Thursday March 24, 2016

Pros: Friendly staff, Healthy, Tasty

Cons: Small Spot

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tiniest/cutest @ HK - Edit

The tiniest and cutest place we visited in Hong Kong.
Popular with the locals and Hollywood celebrities alike (waited on line with one of the latter :-)).
Food is delicious. I had the best balanced balck-bean soup ever (usually killed by excess cumin, this one was amazing!).
Would love to have the chance to try more of their food.
The choice of building your own combination makes the tasks of exploring even more challenging :-)

Pros: location, tasty and multiple combination options, coziness

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massive wraps, very environmentally conscious - Edit

The wraps here are huge, be warned. Very tasty though. Nice chilled setting if you manage to get a seat.

Pros: nice ambience, very filling healthy food.

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great spot - Edit

the whole wraps are huge! go with half a wrap if you're not starving. really good kombucha and smoothies, and gotta love their ethos. diet change not climate change.

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healthy and tasty food - Edit

The food there is great. You can have a great kale-salad, or a delicious wraps, burger, some quinoa, raw desserts..
The have a lot of different toppings for the burger and the wraps. They are so tasty! You can eat there, but there is not so much space. But we love the one big table where you can sit with other people and have a nice chat.

Pros: healthy, tasty, great people

Cons: not so much place to sit

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mana! fast slow food - Edit

hadn't been here in years. my previous visit was with my parents and i recall that my meat-eating father rather enjoyed his burger and fries for breakfast.

having not tried their flats before, i asked for a recommendation and was suggested the bliss (avocado, hummus, cucumber, spinach; hkd80). it was packed with greens, and pretty filling. i added a maya shake (hkd65), which exceeded my expectations (i was imagining watery coconut juice, but it turned out rich and delicious). staff were friendly, but were chatting among themselves and didn't make an effort to strike up a conversation until i asked them questions.

it was a very expensive breakfast, but the quiet solitude and opportunity for reading time at the back patio made up for it (i was subsequently joined by two other solo diners), until three finance people decided that it was the ideal place to rehearse their forthcoming talk.

although utensils are recyclable, i would have preferred if they had provided non-disposable ones for dine-in customers. i don't think it takes that much time to wash a fork and knife.

Pros: delicious, peaceful courtyard, conducive for solo diners

Cons: expensive, disposable (albeit recyclable) utensils

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Tasty - Edit

Food takes about 15-20 mins to be served but it is well worth the wait when it eventually does arrive! Lots of choices for vegan and vegetarians! Very tasty! Worth a visit if you are in Hong Kong!

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Tofu burger - Edit

Tofu burger is heavenly delicious!

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Great Atmosphere - Edit

The place offers burgers and wraps of which many can be made vegan upon request. The price is reasonably high. (Burger with french fries and salad costs 100HKD.) The restaurant is in a very good location and ideal for visiting during a lunch break at work. The interior is very stylish and it is made for a fairly young demographic. The restaurant also serves vegan cakes although they are also very pricey at 60HKD per slice.

Pros: great atmosphere, fast preparation of food, eco-friendly

Cons: few seats

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Huge portions of truly delicious food - Edit

I had a burger, fries, and a large shake, all of which were incredibly filling and delicious. We ate in the semi-open-air seating area out back during a rain storm, which made it feel like we were eating in a clearing in a rainforest, which was awesome. If I lived in the city and could afford it, I would return regularly!

I often judge my meals on how satisfied I am afterwards, and this meal scored 100%, but at a higher price than any other meal I had in the city. I of course think that good food is worth the price, but it makes me uncomfortable to think that this food might not be accessible to locals other than Western expats.

Pros: extense menu, many juice and drink options, plant-filled seating area in back

Cons: price

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Customisable and tasty - Edit

Great wraps, relatively fast service and fantastic for on-the-go food. Seating is limited so I wouldn't recommend Mana for social gatherings. Not toooo expensive.

Pros: Wraps/Salads/Snacks are tasty, On the go food, Vibes

Cons: A little pricey, Too cramped , Could expand menu

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Mana! Fast Slow Food, Hong Kong - Edit

Just to update this, I have to give extra kudos to this place for the environmental, recycling and food waste / composting policies.

Updated from previous review on Thursday February 05, 2015

I had dinner here tonight. Its defo a café rather than a restaurant. There's a small table by the window and some stools alongside the wall. There's open air seating either outside or up stairs.

I asked the girl behind the counter what was vegan friendly and she was happy to show me through the vegan options on the menu. It's wrap type sandwiches, salad, juices, shakes and that kind of thing. I went for the mezze platter which comprised of toasted flat bread, some leaves, dressing, a couple of dips (one was baba ganush) and some olives. It was delicious as was the banana and cinnamon shake.

Pros: Vegan friendly, Tasty food, Great eco policies

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Great food; friendly, informal atmosphere - Edit

Overall, a very nice place to eat healthy food, plus a great location. I'll definitely visit again.

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Best raw vegan deserts in Asia! - Edit

Hello, I had an ok dinner here and I have to say: they have the best raw cakes in the Asian world! The falafel, burger and drinks were just ok, nothing special or creative or tasty, I would have preferred more veggies inside though, but the deserts made me feel amazing! The deserts make it worth while!

Be careful, the space was limited and the prices were huge.

A thing that made me leave with a bad feeling was that the bathroom is badly located. I got attacked by a huge cockroach (5-6 cm) !!! And the biggest I've seen in my life is a 2 cm, plus I have a phobia for them! I had to run out of the bathroom with my pants down my legs. Thank God no one was waiting on the line... Maybe they can solve these inconveniences. I will be back though for the cakes...:)

Pros: the best vegan raw cakes, no waiting long for your meal, they speak English

Cons: no space, expensive, bad bathroom positioning

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Amazing salads and beautiful environement! - Edit

This place serves beautiful huge salads and also juices you can compose,
The desserts are raw and delicious but pretty expensive regarding the size of the portions.
Staff are very friendly and space it's really beautiful with a little patio backyard. I will for sure come back!

Pros: Raw Desserts, Very good salads, Beautiful environement

Cons: Expensive, Menu could be more original

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Tasty lunch option near Central - Edit

Loved the flatbreads, really generous with the fillings and so much flavor. The place itself has a really nice atmosphere and a great playlist, and the staff were friendly, helpful and polite. Almost everything is vegan, except for some fillings. The desserts were slightly disappointing - very small slices and the coconut cake tasted like cashews not coconut, I would have preferred it more coconut creamy. It would be nice to have a price difference for the fillings too - cucumber for the same as avocado?? The other thing that confused me was that they recycle everything in clearly marked bins, but everything is also disposable? Which didn't seem to fit. I would have rather seen less packaging and more re-useable containers. Other than that I loved Mana and will definitely go back if I'm in Hong Kong again.

Pros: Good vibe, Good savoury food, Friendly staff

Cons: Small dessert portions, Bad pricing , Disposable packaging

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Doubly coming back - Edit

Was looking forward to go to Mana and eat their highly advertised wraps. What can I say...Very disappointing. Both wraps were heavily burnt. Potato fries was also over fried. Usually we would go and ask them to redo that kind of not properly cooked meal, but we were too hungry to wait for additional 20 minutes. The manager (boss?) was not friendly, din't even greet his guests when walked by - there were only two of us sitting outside and he was entering from the street, so he could at least greet or even smile to his guests who have spent 1000HKD in his cafe! The coconut cake was very creamy and delicious but very tiny though. Not sure if we will come back - we can go somewhere else nearby and get more food for this money.

Pros: coconut cake

Cons: the space is super small, pricey, small portions

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manafastslowfood 02 Feb 2015 - Hi there!

Firstly, thank you for taking the time to give us your valuable feedback. It is devastating to us that you had a negative experience and we are truly sorry that your expectations with us have not been met at your last visit.

There has been very rarely any negative feedback regarding our food so we are very shocked and sorry that the high standards of our food may not have been met in this instance. We would like to invite you to come back to Mana! for an opportunity to make things right. We focus on sourcing the highest quality ingredients (organic as much as we can) and making everything from scratch, so this is definitely something we take very seriously.

On behalf of Mana!, I offer my sincerest apology and would like to extend an invitation to you to give us another try. We hope to see you again soon. Thank you again for taking the time to review us as we continue to strive to do better.  

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Delicious wraps - Edit

Mana was a staple food during my time living in Hong Kong. The wraps are generally very tasty - our favourite was the Mana Prana with hummus & the Mana Joy with roasted vegetables. The smoothies were also very tasty. A little expensive, but that is all forgotten after the first bite.

Pros: Amazing flavours, Healthy

Cons: Not vegan, Cramped & generally busy, A little pricey

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