Hong Kong is witnessing the ever-growing interest in vegetarianism and, as a result, an increasing demand for plant-based meat products, a surge of social media promoting a “healthy” lifestyle. Riding the waves of the recent trend is Ovolo Central, which has just opened Veda, its flagship vegetarian restaurant, in early 2019.
Located adjacent to Lan Kwai Fong and Tai Kwun, the restaurant takes up a petite space within the boutique hotel. The room is small and modest, with an abundance of earth tones throughout the square room, and the walls are embellished with wooden panels and wallpaper depicting forest botany. Seating in the restaurant, however, is less flattering, as tables tend to be very small and are very close to each other paired with chairs that are also petite.
As the only restaurant within Ovolo Central, the all-day dining establishment serves a wholesome selection of breakfast and smoothies in the morning, followed by an a la carte selection throughout lunch and dinner, all meat-free. Guests can be assured by the abundance of South Asian influences in vegetarian dishes that are best for sharing; a handful of dishes are available in both small or large portions depending on party size.
We began our meal with pani puri, a popular Indian street food item where deep-fried puffs are filled with a potato-lentil salad and a spicy water blending tamarind, coriander and salt. We enjoyed the exciting blend of spices from the potatoes, and ate each of these puffs in one-bite, allowing the elixir to soften the thin, crisp shells slightly.