Looking for the best lunches in Central? Find sushi, Chinese fusion, Thai, bagels, sandwiches, salads, and much more!
We at Honeycombers Hong Kong have found the sweetest cakes, the fanciest afternoon teas and the best all you can eat buffets in the city. And recently we’ve been scouting around Hong Kong for the best lunches to indulge in. Check out our picks for the best lunches in Central to fill your belly during the week!
Best lunches in Central that will leave you happy and satisfied
Bringing the flavour (and value!) to your lunch-time, Uma Nota’s weekday lunch concept is a must-try for those who love fresh and tasty cuisine with friendly service to boot. From 12-3pm, enjoy the carefully curated salad bar, complete with noodles and loads of fresh veggies, for just $95 or throw in a main, such as a Homemade Cheeseburger, Seabass with plantain or Eggplant with miso, goat cheese and cashew nuts for $120. Add on a sweet treat, coffee or tea for just $35 and you’ll be all refreshed to bring your A-game back to work in the afternoon (and if not, there’s always a selection of their great cocktails available!)
Uma Nota, 38 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2889 7576
If you’re on the hunt for wholesome wraps, bowls and burgers made with love, then you need to make a visit to Treehouse.eco. With a completely vegetarian and vegan menu, you can choose from one of their signature combos (we love the Banyan and the Sequoia) or design your own, filled with all your faves, like quinoa, tofu, eggplant, kale and more. Don’t miss the sweet potato fries and the selection of sweets and fresh juices too.
Treehouse.eco, Shop 1, Ground Floor, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 3791 2277
Another one of the best vegetarian restaurants in Hong Kong that serves up a mean lunch is Veda. In homage to HK’s colonial past, you can enjoy a tiffin lunch box filled to the brim with homemade delights for $188. In the Eastern Tiffin, favourites include the Kathmandu Momos (filled with spinach and ricotta) and the Soba Noodle Salad, while the Western Tiffin is filled with Sweet Potato Fries, Gnocchi and Za’Atar Roasted Carrots.
Veda, 2 Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong, p. 3755 3067
Fancy a middle-eastern delight for your lunch? BEDU on Gough Street serves a mean lunch from 12-3pm, offering no-cutlery-needed pitas in five delicious flavours. Enjoy a taste of Africa with the Golden Spiced Chicken pita with cumin, coriander, turmeric and ginger, while vegetarians and vegans will want to opt for the falafel and hummus pitas, or try some of the hearty salads, including the Heirloom Tomato Fattoush. Priced between $85-100, BEDU offers one of the best lunches in Central that you won’t want to miss.
Bedu, 40 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, 中環歌賦街40號地下
Take your lunch business style with Foxglove’s Executive Lunch Set. From just $168, guests can enjoy Chinese delicacies such as, Pineapple Sweet and Sour Iberico Pork, and Char Siu Shrimp Fried Rice or chow down on the dim sum platter that includes Frank’s Shrimp Dumpling, Mrs. Pound’s Hokkaido Scallop Opened-top Dumpling and many other delightful morsels. All sets come with dessert and soup as well, so nobody will be going hungry.
Foxglove, 2nd Floor Printing House, 18 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2116 8949, 中環雪廠街18號印刷行2樓
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The Flying Elk offers some great Scandinavian lunch options courtesy of Head Chef Jim Löfdahl. Guests can enjoy dishes such as, Swedish Omega-3 Pork Belly with Hash Brown, Cream Sauce, Celeriac Remoulade & Green Apple, and Crayfish Salad with Avocado, Egg & Vendace Roe in Smetana, with new dishes being rotated every month. For $190, you’ll get a welcome mocktail, a homemade bread basket, plus a soup and your choice of main. Add on an extra $50 and satisfy that sweet tooth with a seasonal dessert too.
The Flying Elk, 1 & 2/F, 32 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 中環雲咸街32號1及2樓
So, it’s technically in SoHo, but it’s definitely worth heading up the escalators and escaping the madness at POP Vegan. Offering an entirely vegan menu that includes everything from pizza and pasta to hedgehog mushroom shakes, we love the relaxed vibe here, plus you can pick up a range of vegan cooking ingredients while you’re there.
Read our full review on POP Vegan.
POP Vegan, 1/F, 28 Elgin Street, SOHO, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2628 6211, 中環蘇豪伊利近街28號1樓
We think that the lunch set at Sohofama is one of the best lunches in Central. Choose a starter, main, soup and vegetable dish for just $128, and the portions are really generous. They also have a full a la carte menu available which includes a selection of yummy dim sum and other Chinese faves. Vegetarians will love the black truffle dumplings for sure.
Sohofama, SGO9-G14, PMQ, PMQ元創方A座地下G09-G14
Calling all lovers of bagels, check out R&R Bagels in Central for lunch. The cafe caters to meat eaters, vegetarians and vegan diets. Find a range of bagels like the English Breakfast that features smoky bacon, to Smoked Salmon, Avocado Feta to The Vegan that is topped with arugula, coconut, almonds and more. Pick up a coffee, tea or fresh juice as well to complete your meal.
R&R Bagels, G/F, 28 Li Yuen Street West, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2178 5168, 中環利源西街28號地舖
Did someone say sushi? At Chotto Maki, you can choose from over 30 fresh ingredients like truffle, unagi, tempura prawns, crabstock, beetroot, asparagus and more to design and make your sushi roll. There are also recommended rolls, classic rolls and nigiri sushi available for those who are too spoilt for choice. Get big fat rolls starting from around $60, making it one of the best lunches in Central.
Read more about Chotto Maki.
Chotto Maki, G/F, Li Yuen Street West, Central, Hong Kong, p. 5111 6074, 中環利源西街3號地下
Sandwiches are a classic lunch option, and Morty’s Delicatessen in Jardine House delivers. Find smoked meat sandwiches like Classic Pastrami and Smoked Turkey, and speciality sandwiches like Grilled Cheese, Egg Salad and Smoked Truffle Chicken Salad. Every sandwich also comes with half a pickle, fries or a house salad – talk about a great lunch set!
Morty’s Delicatessen, Shop 12-14, Lower Ground Floor, Jardine House ,1 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong, p. 3665 0900, 中環康樂廣場1號怡和大廈地庫12-14號舖
When it comes to the best lunches in Central, what list would be complete without this joint? Head over to Landmark for some great Thai food at Mak Mak. This restaurant not only caters to meat eaters but also has menu items that will appease every vegan needs. Get your classics in like Tom Yum Goong, Pad Thai and green curry. We definitely recommend their pomelo salad and their wok-fried crispy soft crab, plus the grab-and-go station out the front has a selection of curries, stir-fries and sweets for those looking for an easy lunch on the go.
Mak Mak also makes it to our list of restaurants with secret vegan menus, so that the whole crew can be fed.
Mak Mak, Shop 217A, 2/F Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2983 1003, 中環皇后大道中15號置地廣場2樓217A室
Looking for a light but tasty lunch? Find Nood Food on Hollywood Road, serving great salads, tender chicken pieces, vegetable soup, and fresh fruit smoothies and cold-pressed juices. Sit inside the bright-lit cafe and enjoy the street view or take away your lunch in an recycle-friendly container.
Nood Food also makes it to our guide of best juice bars in Hong Kong.
Nood Food, 2/F, Kinwick Centre, 32 Hollywood Road, SoHo, Central, Hong Kong, p. 8199 8189, 中環蘇豪荷李活道32號建業榮基中心2樓