gluten free food hong kong

Eating out in a city where soy sauce (an unlikely gluten-containing condiment) seems to sneak into every dish can be quite a minefield. On a recent occasion I asked for a gluten-free dish and was served boiled chicken feet with no sauce and a spoon. Hong Kong can be one of the most difficult cities to eat in for gluten-intolerants, but before you become disheartened, we’ve found the best places in the city to eat at gluten-free.

Mana! Fast Slow Food

Serving self-proclaimed ‘fast slow food’, this restaurant offers gluten-free options galore from its famous flat breads and dahl to yummy salad boxes. And before you sneer at ‘just another healthy fast food joint’, consider the fact that your food is being made by a chef who’s worked in top kitchens around the world including one of Alain Ducasse’s. The dishes are structured around a build-your-own model that’s best washed down with one of their energising juices or a fresh coconut. If that’s not enough to tempt you, the whole restaurant is built in a way that respects the environment – energy-saving light bulbs, reclaimed furniture and water-saving toilets. Tip: try going there for off-peak meals unless you have very pointy elbows.

Life Cafe

It’s hard not to keep going back to this delicious vegetarian restaurant situated on Shelley Street in Soho. Thick wooden tables and bookcases lend it the comfortable homely atmosphere that attracts regulars and the huge windows give it a lovely airy feel. However, we musn’t forget the menu – unlike most gluten-free restaurants this spot serves an interesting selection of cuisines from around the world. They also offer a daily set menu for only $105HK (£8)! Book ahead – the rooftop is the place to be if you can get a spot.

Noodlemi

These modern, minimal Vietnamese restaurants are an easy and popular choice for lunch or dinner. All the food (and the music) has a French twist and everything is gluten-free except for the baguettes/buns so you don’t have to think too hard. Beware, the space is tiny – only seating about 20 diners at a pop – however if the wait is too long, they offer takeaway so you can still get your fix.

Grassroots

A pleasure for both the eye and the stomach, this restaurant takes the blandness out of health and gluten-free food. Spacious design with clean lines, lots of plants and a very attractive clientele (and staff) has made it quite the place of the moment. The clearly marked and very tempting menu states whether an items is gluten-free or even Buddhist friendly (definitely a first). Everything is organic, locally sourced and seasonal and their perfectly portioned set lunch menus won’t empty your wallet or leave you feeling sluggish. All the dishes are flavourful and interesting but we particularly liked the raw spicy ‘tuna’ hand roll (it’s actually made of sprouted seeds) and kelp satay noodle salad. Tip: make sure you emphasise to the staff if you are intolerant because they do make a mistake from time to time.

  • +852 2873 3353
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  • 108 Hollywood Road
    Sheung Wan
    Hong Kong

Mana! Fast Slow Food

Life Cafe

Grassroots

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