The mix: 10 best healthy salads in Hong Kong

Updated on August 15 2015

Forget everything you thought you knew about them — salads can be sexy. They’ve moved beyond the realms of what we used to call “rabbit food” into wholesome, satisfying meals unto themselves for both herbivores and carnivores alike.

Now the question we need to address: what actually constitutes a salad? Surely now, in our brave new world of eschewing labels and thinking outside the box, the idea of a salad, too, has taken on new meaning. What’s most important is that there are vegetables or grains present — while these could be a vehicle for other, bolder flavours, they should still be the element that ties together whichever other ingredients are mixed in. And yes, dressing is a crucially important component, too.

As is ever the question in a fresh produce-striken city like Hong Kong, where can you actually get a good one? We’ve chopped and crunched our way through the best in Hong Kong salads:

 

1/10

Café Causette

The Landmark Mandarin’s casual all-day restaurants has one of the best salads selections in town, featuring a variety of both classic and unexpected combinations. We just love their warm salad of salt-baked beetroot, picked, raw and marinated beetroot with hazelnut for a sweet and toasty edge with rocket (HK$198) for the requisite green factor.

Cafe Causette, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road, Hong Kong, +852 2825 4005, www.mandarinoriental.com

2/10

The Steak House winebar + grill

While it seems counter-intuitive perhaps to order a salad at what is arguably the finest steak house in the city, the InterContinental’s Michelin-starred kitchen does more than meat. The salad of Spanish prawns and Hokkaido scallops (HK$398), on their new summer menu, is one of the biggest and best we’ve had, even if it does push the boundaries of definition. The fresh, plump seafood is paired perfectly with mixed leaves and red radish for extra crunch, and is offset with smokey applewood bacon for extra bite.

The Steak House winebar + grill, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong +852 2313 2335, www.hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com

3/10

The Kinnet Café

If you haven’t yet come across this newish Sheung Wan diner, you’d be wise rectify this oversight immediately. Open from breakfast (try the impressive avocado Benedict with yoghurt-based hollandaise) right through to dinner, this funky café has already been such a hit that you can’t get in for lunch without a reservation. It’s not hard to see why – good produce, good prices and a very varied selection with a focus on clean meals.  From their yummy mixed mushroom to the flavour-packed broccoli, their salad selection is as good as any you’ll see in town.

The Kinnet Café, 3/F, The Kinnet, 33 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 3968 7623, www.facebook.com/TheKinnetCafe 

4/10

ChômChôm

They call it a lemongrass beef noodle salad (HK$98), but that’s just Soho-speak – either way, the bún at ChômChôm is one of the best in town. Marinated and stir-fried beef is sits atop vermicelli noodles, cucumber, tomato, herbs, peanuts and their delicious, perfectly balanced house-made sauce. Surely there are enough vegetables in this to call it a salad, no?

ChômChôm, 58 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2810 0850, www.chomchom.hk

5/10

The Continental

A stylish salad in a stylish setting — what’s not to love? The Continental’s raw salmon and fresh avocado dish (HK$150) with lime and chilli and green peppercorns is simple, summery, and downright delicious. If you’re there for lunch, double down on the salad and go for their awesome Niçoise for the ultimate throwback.

The Continental, 4/F, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2704 5211, www.thecontinentalhongkong.com

6/10

Gradini

The Pottinger’s Italian fine diner Gradini has just launched a new summer seafood menu — the surprisingly hearty seafood salad features pan-fried baby squid, tiger prawns and mussels, which is given a bit of a lift with an avocado sauce and zesty parsley and olive oil dressing.

Gradini Ristorante e Bar Italiano, G/F, The Pottinger, 74 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2308 3088, www.thepottinger.com

 

7/10

Grassroots Pantry

Because it wouldn’t be a complete list without the pioneering Grassroots Pantry. The vegetarian restaurant — soon to open in brand new digs on Hollywood Road — plates up some of the finest organic food in town, and their gluten-free curly kale salad with beetroot, pinenuts and pomegranate hits all the spots.

Grassroots Pantry, 108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.grassrootspantry.com

 

8/10

Brickhouse

We all know Brickhouse’s famous watermelon cocktail is basically a life-changing experience (this isn’t hyperbole, we can assure you), but they also do a bangin’ salad with the fruit, too. The compressed watermelon is given extra pop with pepper, cucumber and candied pumpkin seeds and feta.

Brickhouse Hong Kong, 20 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2810 0560, www.brickhouse.com.hk

9/10

Souvla

Much as we love the souvlas, every time we hit up Hong Kong’s resident Greek we have to keep reminding ourselves to not overdo it at the salad bar — no mean feat, if you’ve seen it. We can’t get enough of the signature Cypriot grain salad, with a bulgur wheat base and featuring capers, currants, lentils, pumpkin seeds, pine nuts, almond and pomegranate, and finished with lashings of Greek yoghurt.

Souvla, 1/F, Ho Lee Commercial Building, 40 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2522 1823, conceptcreations.hk

10/10

Fish & Meat

The Wyndham Street restaurant’s commitment to its farm-to-table philosophy has seen it become a firm favourite for a casual but entirely satisfying lunch or dinner time and again. And in no better way is the philosophy exemplified than with their salads — we love the refreshing and sweet combination of the Devon crab salad with quinoa, capers, sweet mango and avocado.

Fish & Meat, 32 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2565 6788, www.fishandmeat.hk

Greek-Cypriot by way of Melbourne, Nik is a lover of sneakers, country and western music, Jeff Probst, oversized scarves and three-quarter lattes. He occasionally tweets, badly, @nik_iforos, and lives in a state of constant FOMO on Instagram @nik.iforos.