10 Best Restaurants for Lunch in Central | For Price and Healthiness

by | Oct 25, 2021 | 0 comments

In Hong Kong, I find myself eating out for lunch more than I ever thought possible. There are plenty of great restaurants in Central Hong Kong but with so many options, it can be hard to decide which restaurant to try. This is especially the case when you looking for a healthy lunch that also offers value for money.

So, here’s my list of 10 restaurants for lunch in Central that meet all these qualifications! Check them out next time you’re looking for some new lunchtime ideas!

The restaurants are listed from least expensive to most.

Banh Mi Kitchen – Best quick and inexpensive lunch in Central

Banh Mi Kitchen is a perfect inexpensive option for lunch in Central.

Why we chose it:

  • For an authentic bite of Vietnam, head over to Banh Mi Kitchen to try their delicious Vietnamese baguette sandwiches.
  • Great menu, tasty, reasonably priced, and quick

What we like:

  • Fresh fillings made daily, Vietnamese coffee prepped in the early morning, and Vietnamese-style baguette baked in-house.
  • The baguette is first spread with a thin layer of mayonnaise and pate, then packed with your choice of protein (charred char siu, lemongrass chicken, beef brisket, tofu, or cold cuts), followed by toppings such as veggies, herbs, and sauces.

What we don’t like:

  • There isn’t much space to eat; best for takeaway.

Summary:

  • Perfect as an afternoon snack or a quick lunch, we’re crazy about banh mi.

Location: 

  • 22 Li Yuen St E, Central, 2328 9699

Pololi – Best inexpensive, healthy lunch in Central

Pololi sell Hawaiian poke bowls; a perfect choice for lunch in Central.

Why we chose it:

  • Pololi is perfect for a healthy, protein-rich lunch or a light dinner.
  • Hawaiian poké bowl with a white or brown rice base, salad, half rice, half salad. For a topping, you can select 180g of seasoned, cubed tuna or salmon sashimi.

What we like:

  • Great flavors including Traditional Spicy Ahi, California Roll Ahi, and Yuzu Sesame Salmon.
  • Flavors rotate often

What we don’t like:

  • If you are super hungry, the portion can feel small.

Summary:

  • Need some extra protein after a lunchtime workout? Head over to Pololi for a bowl of poké, a protein-packed Hawaiian-style sashimi bowl. 

Location: 

  • 39 Graham St, Central, 2755 8099 

Fete Up – Best lunch in Central for a healthy, well-balanced meal

Fete Up creates well-balanced meals, this is one of the best vegan restaurants Hong Kong.

Why we chose it:

  • Fete Up specializes in veggie or grain-based bowls, topped with lean protein and colorful vegetables seasoned and cooked to perfection.
  • You can order the “Vegan Crunch” bowl for $86, which contains Falafel with Brown Rice, Edamame, Garlic Soy Sauce.
  • You can also make your own bowl.

What we like:

  • They produce meals with a balanced combination of carbohydrates, protein, and fats.
  • They provide details on the calorie count of all of their menu items.
  • They have exciting veggie options. Roasted cauliflower? Yes, please!
  • You can add falafel to your bowl. We also love the chickpeas, edamame, and kidney beans.

What we don’t like:

  • Very healthy which is great – but you may not want to eat every day.

Summary:

  • For a quality, hearty meal that doesn’t sacrifice your macros, Fete Up’s got your back.
  • This restaurant’s goal is to produce healthy, well-balanced, affordable food; they achieve just this.

Location: 

  • GF 31 Wyndham Street, Central, 5688 1117

Healthy Chicken – Best chicken lunch in Central, Hong KongHealthy Chicken is a great, healthy lunch option in Central.

Why we chose it:

  • Healthy Chicken sells delicious Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken at reasonable prices.
  • They are really focused on providing healthy, well-balanced meals.

What we like:

  • They use fresh ingredients with no MSG, preservatives, and additives. They also provide information on the calories of every dish.

What we don’t like:

  • Not much we don’t like; they sell healthy, affordable food, but if you’re looking for a swanky venue, this isn’t it.

Summary:

  • Regular-sized Chicken Breast “slow-cooked” Healthy Box costs $70 and includes a piece of chicken with rice, vegetables, and sauce.
  • Despite their name, there are also seafood and vegetarian options available.

Location: 

  • 19 Wing Wah Lane, Central, 3106 0231

MANA! Fast Slow Food – Vegan lunch in Central, HK

Mana! is on the best vegan restaurants for lunch in Central Hong Kong.

Why we chose it:

  • Known for their delicious plant-based flats, salads, and soups, MANA! has been a staple in the community since 2012.

What we like:

  • Try their wrapped wholemeal flatbreads topped with your choice of veggie toppings, or give one of their signature flats a try.
  • The signature falafel flat includes falafel, fresh tomato, romaine lettuce, pickled peppers, parsley, and tahini.
  • The Burgers are also delicious, and you get your choice of homemade vegan patty and sauce.
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What we don’t like:

  • The burger is so tasty; wish I had more self-control to try other items!

Summary:

  • This vegan cafe is located in the heart of Soho; offers good value with their delicious food and friendly staff!

Location: 

  • 8 Staunton Street, SoHo, 5501 7583 MANA! Starstreet, 8-10 Queen’s Rd. East, Wan Chai, 5501 7591

Treehouse –  Plant-based eatery for a healthy lunch in Central

Treehouse is a great vegan option for lunch in Central.

Why we chose it:

  • Treehouse is a plant-based eatery that has nailed down tasty vegetarian and vegan lunch options.
  • The menu features vegetarian and vegan options, including signature grain bowls, burgers, flatbreads, and salads.

What we like:

  • Forest burger; a beet and mixed mushroom patty burger
  • Cypress; a flatbread with eggplant caviar, halloumi cheese, roasted vegetables, and rocket for a satisfying veggie meal.

What we don’t like:

  • Not super cheap, but portion size is decent.

Summary:

  • Hip, fun vegetarian, and vegan restaurant you need to try

Location: 

  • Shop 1, Ground Floor, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central, 3791 2277

Bedu Restaurant – Best lunch in Central for taste

Why we chose it:

  • I’m not much for cooking but this place has some of the best Middle Eastern dishes around.
  • The menu has a lot of popular dishes – so best to go with a partner in crime and share

What we like:

  • Neighborhood vibe; if you’re eating here on a weekday, the laid-back atmosphere will surely soothe your senses.

What we don’t like:

  • They can be in a hurry for you to leave when you’re done; but given the rents in Hong Kong, it’s understandable

Summary:

  • At SavvyinHK, we love eating at low-key restaurants with great food and a laid-back atmosphere; this particular spot is one that embodies both aspects perfectly
  • It’s close to the heart of Central but tucked away in an alleyway so you can enjoy your meal without any distractions from other people.
  • They are closed on Mondays

Location: 

  • 40 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2320 4450

Club Rangoon – Best business lunch in Hong Kong  

Why we chose it:

  • Club Rangoon offers authentic Burmese food; you’ll find dishes such as Warm Shan Tofu Noodles and Burmese Pork Stew

What we like:

  • This is one of the most delicious restaurants in town. The service here will make you feel like royalty and their food won’t be boring at all!
  • While this restaurant is on the pricey side compared to other restaurants in this article; it’s one of the most enjoyable experiences  for a low key business lunch

What we don’t like:

  • Can be hard to get a booking; phone ahead.

Summary:

  • Prefer to have a business lunch somewhere unexpected and low-key? Head over to Club Rangoon for a taste-sensation.

Location: 

  • 33 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2503 3077

Finally

Hong Kong has so many restaurants to explore, but with this list of 10 delicious lunch spots in Central, you’ll never be hungry again.

So next time your stomach is growling and you need some new ideas for lunchtime dining, give these places a try!

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