Watch out vegetarian restaurants of Hong Kong, there's a new kid on the block and her name is Miss Lee
You know that we’re fans of the best vegetarian restaurants and vegan spots in Hong Kong, well, we’ve got another one to add to our list. Cute and contemporary, Miss Lee does modern Chinese vegetarian cuisine that knocked our socks off. Find out why you need to make her your new best friend.
Who is Miss Lee?
The latest concept from ZS Hospitality Group (the company behind the likes of Lee Lo Mei and Moi Moi), Miss Lee is set to become a firm favourite on the Hong Kong dining scene. This restaurant serves innovative Chinese vegetarian cuisine that plays with classic flavours while utilising new plant-based ingredients.
Thoughtful interior design by local firm JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio sets the scene with a mix of dusty pinks, marble tiles and bright greens giving reference to Hong Kong’s past while also creating a modern space that’s just begging to be ‘grammed.
What about the food?
I really had no idea what I was in for when going to taste the dishes at Miss Lee, as they all have mysterious names that don’t give too much away. Being worried that the entire menu was going to be filled with TVP or gluten like many Chinese vegetarian restaurants, I was thrilled to discover that real vegetables were used as the base for all of the dishes, many of which are vegan and gluten-free.
We started out with the Flower Bouquet, a cone stuffed with beetroot, pickled cucumber, shiitake mushrooms, carrot and cabbage. Fresh and flavourful, if this was how the menu was going to go on, I was very excited.
And so it did. Next up was the Smoky Quartz, a dish of skewered mushrooms and asparagus served with vegan mayo and with smoke wafting on top. With something of a yakitori vibe, this delightful dish was another winner from the Miss Canape part of the menu.
Moving on to the slightly largely dishes from the Miss Bijou menu, we thoroughly enjoyed the Amazing Maize, a dish served with grilled sweetcorn, celtuce, black fungus, quinoa and sesame dressing, while the Golden Flowers, actually battered cauliflower, were covered in heavenly salted egg yolk – divine.
On to Miss Mighty, or main courses, and we went for the Fire Balls, a hearty rendition of a sweet and sour dish made with oyster mushrooms and pineapple that was a real comfort dish. Finally, the highlight of the night for me were the steamed buns with carrots, cabbage, mushrooms, cheddar cheese, truffle mayo and crispy lotus. These were outstanding with the vegetables packing a mighty flavour punch and there was a tussle to see who would get the last bun of three… I won.
For dessert, we sampled the Hawthorn Tree, chocolate sponge cake with hawthorn and apple sorbet and mascarpone cream and Yellow River with purple rice, coconut udon and mango puree, both of which were light and delicious, the perfect way to round out an amazing dinner at Miss Lee.
With so much to choose from, I would recommend taking a group so you can enjoy a larger selection of the menu, I know that’s what I’ll be doing when I head back for more soon.
Miss Lee, G/F The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2881 1811