Smrat - 5th floor Chungking

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 8 reviews )

Shop B5, 5/F, Block B Chung King Mansion, 36-44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China

印度素食菜館 at 尖沙咀彌敦道36-44號重慶大廈B座5樓B5室 is a lower end lacto vego Indian resto. Nearest MTR - Tsim Sha Tsui exit H.

Category: Lacto, Indian, Take-out

Reviews (8)

First Review by Digital Ghost

Smrat Pure Veg (5th floor), Hong Kong - Edit

When I had dinner here I had an idea what to expect based on other comments. I agree with much of what has been said.

1stly it can be a little bit of a wait for the lift up / down. There is only 1 lift serves the 5th floor.

The location is in Chung King mansions which may not be everybody's bag. Similarly the decor in the restaurant isn't the reason why people go there, (it's very old and doesn't conjure images of spotlessness).

The 2 girls who were serving when I went, 1 of them was OK but the other looked like she really didn't want to work in the customer service business. I asked them for a recommendation from the menu. I was pointed at what appeared to be the most expensive item on the menu. It looks like they have a keen focus on profit.

I explained to them that I didn't want anything with milk products. Going by this is under the same management as the place on the ground floor where the manager is hostile about questions re milk products, I understand why a previous reviewer listed some concerns around the rigor they have in providing vegan food.

Updated from previous review on 2016-09-08

Cons: Poor service

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What you'd expect, but slightly better - Edit

I went here for lunch twice, both times ordering a lunch special. It's your standard Indian food fare, but slightly better, which, in my book, is delicious. One of the dishes were a little spicier than expected, which is fine by me. The staff were unusually friendly, but that might be because I have a long beard that they were curious about.

You have to ring the doorbell to get in.

Pros: Authentic, Good

Cons: Dirty bathroom

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Cheap and tasty - Edit

Ate a really delicious paneer vindaloo (freshly made, light and not at all like the heavy, fatty dishes which I'm used to from elsewhere) with chapathi and paratha.

The restaurant is located in something resembling a private apartment, which I guess is usual for Chunking Mansions. Simple, but clean. The staff were friendly and there was a great Bollywood film running on the television.

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Great simple vegetarian food - Edit

I found this place by accident and was glad I did. Very simple but tasty Indian vegetarian food. There is a nice Nepali guy who works there. Price was reasonable by Hong Kong standards. It is unfortunately located in a crappy building. No one would know that its there unless someone told you about it. The few times that I ate there I was alone so I don't know how they make money. Overall would highly recommend.

NOTE: There is actually another place called "Smrat" downstairs, I think they are affiliated. I didn't eat down there, it honestly did not look appetizing. The review above was mistakenly placed on the page for the place downstairs.

Updated from previous review on Sunday February 26, 2012

Pros: great food, not too pricey

Cons: bad location, difficult to find

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traditionnal indian vegetarian "cantine" - Edit

That was the first vegetarian restaurant that I've been to in Hong Kong. It's perfect is you love indian food and have a limited budget.
The food is very traditionnal and fresh.
The place is definitly not fancy. I would say that it's more a cantine than a restaurant but the staff is very welcoming. That was a pure pleasure to talk with them for a while.

I recommend it if you're in the area.

Pros: fresh , traditionnal, cheap

Cons: cantine

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delicious and authentic - Edit

I LOVE this place. I was transported back to when I was living in India. So wonderful. Very attentive and kind staff and the food is fresh and tasty. A little on the oily side but I love oil. They asked if I wanted my bhindi spicy and I said yes, but I didn't feel any heat whatsoever- but that's ok- the flavor was great. They are open somewhat late as far as I can tell. I was the only non-Indian in the little restaurant and there was a loud Indian news channel in Hindi blaring...but again, it brought me back to India, and I love that. :) The AC was blasting as well, so I was a bit cold, but I will bring a cardigan next time. I definitely will be coming back. They also have breakfast and lunch specials for cheap. I am not vegan any longer (after having lived in India) and saying that you are strict Jain still doesn't necessarily leave out milk products- cows are holy and the Jain food I ate in India always had ghee in it. Pure veg from an Indian standpoint really just means no meat and no eggs, not no milk product.

Pros: nice staff, great food, good value

Cons: cold AC

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A good experience - Edit

Stiil very basic - they have their own market - folk who want very low priced Indian veg food.

Updated from previous review on Sunday July 08, 2007
Smrat is lacto-vegetarian. The staff do not retain in their memories the concept of vegan - on my last visit sfter a little explaining & some repetition the waiter almost "got" what vegan was - I had to add a little white lie about "milk allergy" for the point to fully sink in. Asking for "Jain food" does not usually work in Hong Kong as many of the local Jain's do eat milk products. The result was well worth the effort though - a plate of bindi (okra)perfectly cooked with fresh tomatoes well spiced - several chapati's - a simple bowl of freshly cut cucumber - a portion of very tasty lime pickle. Very satisfying. So I will be visiting again. The dining room is very simple - no frills whatsoever - it is a "canteen" visited mainly by some of the numerous Indian nationals who work in & around Chung King Mansions. As you walk towards the elevators in Block "B" you will be pestered by 3/4 touts promoting other dead flesh joints. It has not been redecorated in many years. Not a place for the "faint-hearted". Low prices. Adequate portions. Knowing a few words of Hindi / Bengali is an advantage. Take-away counter on the ground floor if you want to eat very quickly - see the other listing on the HappyCow Hong Kong Page.

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Terrible unedible food - Edit

The food here was totally unedible.

It featured tinned vegetables, tomato ketchup and chapati with mould on.

When first asked they said it was vegan - however after paying they said they were unsure!

Cons: Unedible, tinned, mould

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JohnnySensible 22 Feb 2013 - Partly untrue.

They do not cook with tomato ketchup.

There is no possibility of mold on a chapati - they are freshly made.

Inedible - perhaps you could say 'not to my taste' - dozens of low budget travellers & locals eat here every single day.

Why should they know the word 'vegan'? - explain 'strict Jain' - no milk / cheese / butter / yoghurt.  

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