OVOCafe - Wan Chai Rd

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 5 reviews )

Lacto-ovo vegetarian cafe in the Ovo Living Furniture shop located inside Old Wanchai Market, since early-2014. Some dishes can be adapted for vegans. Dairy cheese used is without animal rennet. MTR exit A3. Open Mon-Sun 11:30am-10:00pm.

Categories: Lacto, Ovo, International, Western, Take-out, Bakery

5 Reviews

First Review by Stevie

OVOCafe - Wan Chai Rd - Edit

* i've uploaded a photo of the vegan options available in this cafe, sent to me by a staff member (correct as of 2 april 2017). while you can't go wrong with salads, pastas in my experience are hit and miss (tried the tom yam pasta this time - too sweet and bland, too little veg). still a nice place to chill out alone or with a group.*

this is a quiet, spacious, charming hideaway in bustling wanchai, surrounded by potted plants and greenery from its sister shop.

go there during lunch time (after 2 pm to avoid the crowds) for a better deal. for hkd68, i had pumpkin/coconut soup and soba with mixed veg, which was all right though the soy sauce was a little sweet. the soup while also a tad sweet was delicious with just the right balance of coconut.

among the other main options today were tom yam pasta; salad; and some kind of bagel. these can be paired with either soup, salad or a hot drink. from what i recall from previous visits, the salads are pretty hearty and pack a nutritious punch.

dinner options are limited to 4 salads, 3 pastas, 2 soups, 2 starters, plus all day breakfast. as can be expected, prices are much steeper than lunch (you'll find their menu on their website). i liked the quinoa salad stack with fig and hazelnut, with its its exquisite, instagram-worthy presentation (i think flower petals were thrown in!), but can't see myself regularly forking out $95 for this dish. while the black olive, sun-dried tomato and pine nut tagliatelle was okay, the poached egg, cheese and saffron risotto was bland, even for someone who isn't used to much salt.

worth a visit just for its ambience or if you need some breathing space in wanchai. the coffees are good too.

Updated from previous review on 2015-08-24

Pros: lovely, spacious ambience, good for solo diners during off-peak hrs, reasonable set lunches

Cons: limited dinner options, dinner prices not cheap, limited vegan options

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beautiful cafe - Edit

A little bit pricey but very nice fresh food and the store layout is very nice! Nice place to take someone for a more formal meal.

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an amazing break - Edit

OVO was a fresh change from the Buddhist blunt food we were getting at Kowloon. Unfortunately when we stopped there we already had lunch, so we enjoyed only desserts and drinks. But going over the menu (and soaking in the aroma around us) I know this will be the first place to visit next tie in Hong Kong.
On the desserts - the Tiramisu was interesting, yet disappointing. The concept of "deconstructing" it by bringing the biscotti and the creme separately was cool, but the former was way too dry.
The rest was OK.
The espresso - a little on the acidic side, but it is all subjective.
Overall - great place which deserves to be explored more.

Pros: location, selection

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Decent Food at a High Price - Edit

Ovo is a gourmet style restaurant. There are vegan options on the menu though all servings are very small and you would have to order a lot in order to get full. The prices for all dishes are high. All in all it was okay though I would rather go to places that serve bigger servings for a lower price.

Pros: stylish interior, delicious smoothies

Cons: expensive, only little food per serving

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Ovocafe, Hong Kong - Edit

I ate here this evening. It's easy to find at Wan Chai market. As you go in it's the 1st door on the right.

The setting / atmosphere is pleasant. The blurb they have clearly states that the menu is based on lacto ovo vegetarianism but they can try to adapt for other types of vegos. I asked the guy serving if they had anything vegan friendly. I must say he was pretty knowledgeable. Basically in the evening at least it's a choice of 1 pasta dish they can do without cheese (the other pasta dish has egg pasta) or salads. I asked about the Bengali sweet potatoes but was told it is cooked with honey.

The pasts dish I had was OK without being anything to get excited about. I would have preferred the pasta to be a bit more al dente. However I didn't specify this when I ordered so I can't complain.

If you are a vegan grade vegetarian there are a ton of better options available in Hong Kong.

Pros: Helpful staff, Nice atmo

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