Indulging in a fine dining experience doesn’t always mean having to compromise on health. Many restaurants today are focusing on cleaner food menus, using sustainable ingredients and minimising waste wherever possible to ensure a guilt-free, healthier meal for all. In Hong Kong, the healthy eating movement has reached far and wide, and restaurants are taking notice. Here are six of our favourite health-conscious eateries to dine out in style:
1. Asaya Kitchen
Located inside Rosewood Hong Kong, Asaya Kitchen serves sustainably sourced seafood and local produce with a Mediterranean spin. Helmed by chef Fabio Nompleggio, who has worked with restaurants in Dubai and Italy, this venue promises a menu filled with nourishing, good-for-you dishes which taste delicious too. For a more intimate experience, guests can book Glasshouse by Asaya Kitchen, and enjoy a five-course tasting menu while looking over the Victoria Harbour.
Renowned for being one of the most sustainable-forward luxury restaurants in Asia, Amber at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental continues to excel when it comes to green fine dining and innovative French cuisine. Having been rewarded the Michelin Green Star since 2022, and holding onto its two Michelin stars for 15 consecutive years, this elegant restaurant under the culinary vision of chef Richard Ekkebus takes you on a gastronomic journey with health-conscious features. Ingredients are sustainably sourced and with dairy-free and gluten-free dishes on the menu, and vegetarian options. Amber also uses local organic produce and Fair Trade agricultural commodities.
3. Lung King Heen
This award-winning Cantonese fine dining restaurant may be hailed for being the first Chinese restaurant in the world to be recognised with Michelin’s coveted three-star rating, but we also appreciate its incredible commitment to providing healthy eating options. Dim sum and seafood in general can be very oily at some traditional places, but at this Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong venue, it’s far from it. Lighter options also include hot and nourishing soups, poached chicken and double-boiled fish maw.
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4. Hansik Goo
Chef Mingoo Kang’s modern Korean restaurant serves home-cooking-inspired food designed for sharing. Located in Sheung Wan, this elegant venue aims to introduce international diners to Korean culture, serving dishes like Samgye-tang, a ginseng chicken soup renowned for its health benefits. Other Korean ingredients known for their restorative properties include fermented cabbage and soft tofu stew, while cooking methods like steaming and boiling are typically better for you than frying.
Led by Michelin-starred chef Olivier Elzer, who also runs his restaurant Clarence in Central, L’Envol at The St. Regis Hong Kong promises to serve French gastronomy at its finest, while staying true to health-conscious options.
“Many people in Asia think French cuisine is sometimes a bit too heavy. But at L’Envol, I try to change that with well-balanced dishes, which can be delicious but also very healthy,” the chef told MICHELIN. “There’s a misunderstanding that if you eat healthy, there’s no flavour. But we can achieve both by selecting beautiful ingredients and cooking them very lightly.”
6. TATE Dining Room
Each dish at TATE Dining Room uses ingredients that are mostly locally sourced. The fine dining restaurant offers five-course menus at lunch and seven-course menus for dinner, with themes that have spanned from crab and tofu to fish and kumquat.