The summer heat this year has hit us hard, so to cool down, the Crave team has rounded up some refreshing, veggie-focused menus around town.
Words Emily Xu
Beef & Liberty: Summer salads and coolers
3/F California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, Central
Tel: 2450 5778
Our beloved burger joint Beef & Liberty has added a range of summer salads and refreshing coolers to its menu. We’re fans of the beetroot and pomegranate salad ($88) with beetroot, red endive, beetroot purée, kale and pomegranate, while cheese lovers may opt for the summer salad ($98) with garden peas, watercress, red radish, spring onion, a tangy sherry vinaigrette dressing and a generous dollop of goat’s cheese. Craving an ice cold drink? Try the elderflower spritz, ginger cooler and the summer peach tea, all priced at $38 each and are available at all Beef & Liberty outlets.
Shop 403, 4/F Ocean Centre, 17 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: 3185 8338
Café ÉPURE has launched a brand-new summer menu you should try. Executive chef Nicolas Boutin has combined traditional French cooking techniques with premium seasonal produce to create a range of new dishes, including the Super 10 Salad with 10 types of superfoods in one dish and a mussel pot with sweet mussels from Australia, as well as an array of summer cocktails and mocktails to help you escape the searing heat.
DiVino – Wine Bar & Restaurant: Weekend recovery brunch
73 Wyndham Street, Central
Tel: 2167 8883
Had a little too much to drink on Friday night? DiVino has launched a new weekend recovery brunch packed with nourishing and nutritional super foods. Served every Saturday, Sunday and on public holidays, the brunch menu includes a mix of sweet and savoury options such as three DHA “safe” egg omelette ($118), the chef’s “healing bowl” ($138) with poached DHA pasteurised egg, organic quinoa, Scottish salmon, avocado, and pesto sauce, and lukewarm gluten-free 60 per cent chocolate cake ($88) with fresh raspberry and clotted cream cheese. Drinks options include fruit-infused detox waters ($58, refillable), and detox blends ($76 each) such as the super smoothie and the antioxidant smoothie. Click here for the full menu.
Grassroots Pantry: Refreshing spring-summer menu
108 Hollywood Road, Central
Tel: 2873 3353
If you feel like light and rejuvenating plant-based cuisine, Grassroots Pantry is the place to be. The restaurant has launched its spring-summer menu featuring all-time favourites as well as brand new dishes, including the lemon chia seed pancakes with almond condensed milk, seasonal fruit jam and organic maple syrup, a hearty portion of the teff and oats porridge, as well as the macro tsukemono donburi. For those who like an afternoon refresher, the happy hour menu, available on weekdays 3.30pm to 6.30pm, include guilt-free snacks such as the BBQ popcorn “chicken” made from fried hedgehog mushrooms, which goes perfectly with a cocktail or two.
Soho Spice: All-new vegetarian menu
47B Elgin Street, Central
Tel: 2526 2227
Combining contemporary Southeast Asian street food and traditional French technique, award-winning chef Peter Cuong Franklin has created an all-new vegetarian menu for Soho Spice. Highlights include the crispy portobello bao slider with pickled daikon, fresh coriander and mint, and for coconut lovers, the pandan coconut pancakes with caramelised coconut flakes and housemade coconut ice cream. In addition, Soho Spice is not opened for lunch with two courses starting from $98pp.
The Butchers Club Burger: Salads for meat lovers
G/F Rialto Building, 2 Landale Street, Wan Chai
Tel: 2528 2083
The scorching summer season has arrived, and The Butchers Club Burger has launched a new range of salads to help you beat the heat. Beef lovers should not miss the 160g signature beef patty salad ($140) with the Michelin-recognised dry-aged patty and a mouthwatering blue cheese dressing. Also watch out for the breaded chicken thigh salad ($120) and crumbed NZ ling fillet salad ($120), both refreshing for carnivores seeking to add a bit of green in their diet. The salads are available at all four of The Butchers Club Burger’s locations, as well as at The Secret Kitchen in Wong Chuk Hang.
The Restaurant by The Kinnet: Low-calorie and low-carb menu
3/F The Kinnet, 33 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan
Tel: 3968 7623
Health conscious folks should be no stranger to The Restaurant by The Kinnet, and now the hidden gem is serving two new dinner menus with low calories and low carb options. With two courses priced at $238 and three courses at $268, the menu features dishes such as seared halibut with white bean cauliflower cake and mizuna tomato salad, green vegetable curry, and whole wheat spaghetti. And yes, there are dessert options, including rose crème brûlée, and the vanilla soufflé and mixed berries at a mere 133kcal!