Food: One of my favourite Chinese-vegetarian restaurants in Hong Kong. My husband and I come here regularly for their vegetarian lunchtime sets – multigrain rice, a selection of three cooked dishes that changes daily, and home made soup, all for a very economical HK$59. If we’re hungrier we order side dishes, a drink or dessert at additional cost.
For dinner, Veggie Sky operates like a private kitchen, where reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance, and a set menu of around nine courses is served to guests over a two to three hour sitting.
The dinner we had last week included a cold dish platter, stewed soup with assorted mushroom, cashew and chestnut; bamboo fungus roll with pumpkin; deep fried monkey head mushroom; baby sugar cane with asparagus; avocado roll with organic romaine lettuce; a non-alcoholic digestif of pomegranate juice and vinegar; baked papaya with sweet corn, vegetarian mayonnaise and sesame; Indian turmeric rice with vegetables, and freshly ground cashew nut sweet soup.
Service: Coming here is like dropping by the home of a jovial relative. The cheerful owner Edmund and his wife always have a kind greeting and a warm smile for us, and all the staff here are consistently friendly, helpful and hospitable.
Must try: Their tofu dishes are often very good, as are items made with monkey head mushroom. Some of their double boiled soups have so much flavour, it always amazes me that they were made using just vegetables. Because the dishes here are ever changing, it would be unfair of me to recommend any particular dish, as the kitchen may not have that dish available when you arrive. This is one of the few places where I am happy to trust the chef and kitchen staff every time I visit, because I’m always guaranteed something new and exciting, or old classics I am already familiar with and enjoy. Expect to explore interesting textures and unusual ingredients from Chinese cuisine.
Ambience: Located on the second floor of a nondescript office building on busy Des Veoux Road, the space is compact, but bright, clean, casual and homey. There are banquet sized tables, as well four-seater and two-seater tables. You can help yourself to free water and condiments. The restaurant is often busy during lunch, where you pay for your meal at the cashier then collect it by a window counter near the kitchen. The ambience becomes more formal and elegant at night with linen napkins, silverware and menu cards laid out at your table.
Average price per person: HK$59 for a lunch set. HK$298 per head + 10% service for dinner.
Address: Veggie Sky. 2/F, Fung Woo Building, 279 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 2537 9877,