For me, the hardest thing about going vegan was giving up pizza.
At the time (over 5 years ago), there weren’t a lot of top quality cheese brands and vegan pizzas weren’t widely available. But nowadays things have changed, and vegan pizzas have proven to be delicious, creative, and even better than their non-vegan counterparts.
I still absolutely love pizza. I even dressed as a slice of pizza for Halloween this year! Finding vegan pizza in Hong Kong used to be a difficult task, but not anymore. After much taste testing, we’ve rated the various vegan pizzas in the city. Do you agree with our assessment?
Located in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong, this open-kitchen Italian cafeteria serves traditional, customized Neapolitan pizzas made from scratch. Their Marinara Pizza is completely vegan (including the crust), and comes with San Marzano tomato, garlic, oregano, and extra-virgin olive oil. You can add extra toppings for an additional price, and my favourites are artichoke hearts, wild mushrooms, and basil.
Overall, this pizza is quite good, since it’s cooked in a stone oven, and this place is great to bring omni friends. However, I find the marinara pizza is boring without the additional toppings, and it can get quite expensive if you’re adding a lot of them. Although the basil is free, last time I tried this pizza, they barely put any on. All in all, it’s great that they have a vegan option, and you won’t be left wanting for cheese.
Ciao Chow, G/F, California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong
The Vegvolution Kitchen
This cozy all-vegan restaurant is tucked away in busy Causeway Bay. They have over 14 pizza varieties, from the traditional to quite obscure (raisins and figs on your pizza, anyone?) I feel like the pizzas here are hit or miss, but we sure loved the Dancing in the Sea Pizza. This has black caviar, made from vinegar, which creates a sour explosion in your mouth when chewed. It also has local tomato, vegan cheese (Sheese brand), and homemade tomato sauce. The crust is thin and all pizzas come in two different sizes.
We really enjoyed this pizza, but found that in the centre, the toppings seeped through the crust and created a liquid pool. There was tremendous pressure and much confusion when ordering dinner — they kept insisting that I order a dinner set (which includes soup, a drink, and dessert) when all I wanted was a pizza on its own. They also have a minimum spend, which is super annoying.
The Vegvolution Kitchen, Flat C, 3/F, Bo Ming Building, 2-6 Fu Ming Street, Causeway Bay
This famous UK chain has an entire vegan menu in England, but only recently introduced vegan cheese in Hong Kong. They offer two different kinds of pizzas, but we reviewed the Giardiniera, which has asparagus, pumpkin, basil, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, and olives.
Was this pizza good? Yes. But the crust and tomato sauce were average, so I wouldn’t rush back here in a hurry. The toppings were plentiful and healthy. The vegan cheese used is Daiya, which still only seems available at the Sai Ying Pun location. I’ve visited other locations and all they can offer is a vegetarian pizza with no cheese.
Pizza Express, No. 3, 5-6, 189, Queen’s Rd W, Sai Ying Pun
Mayse Artisan Bakery
This vegan Latvian bakery is run by father-daughter duo Alex and Elina, who make delicious breads but also homemade sourdough pizzas. Their main bakery is located in Tai Po, but they often have pop-up pizza events in the city.
They offer 4 different vegan pizzas, and we tried the Guilt Free Giuseppe, made from homemade tomato sauce, minced “beef”, roasted portobello mushrooms, Daiya mozzarella, and fresh cracked pepper. The pizza is huge, with a thin crust, and the homemade dough and tomato sauce really make all the difference. You can taste the quality and flavour in each bite.
Mayse Bakery, G/F, No 64 Sam Wo Road, Tai Mei Tuk, Tai Po & various pop-up locations
This budget-friendly international vegan chain is a place many people go to in Hong Kong to fill up on large, guilty-pleasure, cheap meals. Although their Asian dishes are a hit, their Western ones pale in comparison, including the Hawaiian Pizza.
They’ve changed the crust from my previous visits, but it still unpleasantly dissolves in your mouth with each bite. The brand of cheese used is Sheese, and this pizza comes with some brownish mystery meat, chewy pineapple, and chopped veggies. Their pizzas are frozen and heated up, which is apparent because there were some hard, crystallized cheese pieces, and soft, watery bits of crust. I guess you can’t expect too much for $65HKD, but I expected slightly more. I would suggest sticking to their other Asian dishes, like laksa soup or steamed dumplings instead.
Loving Hut, 2/F, Luen Tai Bldg., 93-99 Wan Chai Rd., Wan Chai
This all-vegan live music bar has an extensive menu of yummy pub foods, featuring 7 different vegan pizzas. We tried the Texan BBQ Pizza and it did not disappoint.
With pulled BBQ jackfruit, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, and Daiya cheese, this pizza is incredibly delicious and one of my favourites in Hong Kong. For $148HKD, it comes with 8 slices and is absolutely huge — we had enough leftovers for breakfast the next day, and I can guarantee that is tastes good cold too!
Hemingway’s, Shop G09, G/F, D’Deck, Discovery Bay
Standing for “Pursuit of Peace,” this newly-opened restaurant in Soho has an extensive menu with several pizzas, as well as the only vegan calzone available in the city. We tried the Four Seasons Pizza and were quite satisfied with it.
Split into four sections, this pizza has a variety of fresh veggie toppings on top of a thin crust. They use the Green Vie cheese brand, which they sell in their small grocery section. This pizza was delicious but didn’t leave me feeling disgusting or super full afterwards. The only problem with this pizza, if you’re sharing it, is that you might fight over who gets which section!
Pop Vegan, 1/F, 28 Elgin Street, Soho, Central
Tucked away in a busy shopping complex in Kwung Tong, this tiny restaurant serves a variety of vegan dishes, including pizzas. We tried the Vegan Hawaii Pizza, which is a good example of how to make a delicious, personalized pizza at an affordable price.
With a 6 inch crust, this pizza is topped with pumpkin concasse, tomato, vegan chicken (tofu), sweet corn, pineapple, Daiya cheese, and kale. If you order this for lunch, it’s only $73HKD and comes with sweet potato fries, soup, and a drink. This particular pizza is also weirdly topped with cauliflower (in my opinion, not a great topping, and definitely not suited for a Hawaiian pizza!), but it’s great value for money and fulfills that insatiable pizza craving.
Veggle Cafe, Shop G13A G/F E-Plaza, 7 Shing Yip St, Kwun Tong
Although not technically a pizza, I believe this dish deserves to make the list. It’s called Super Taco, but it’s a cross between a quesadilla and a pizza. Veggie Spinner is a tiny little restaurant in Causeway Bay that serves fresh, homemade, healthy food.
It has a nut paste sauce, tortilla base, spinach, avocado, pumpkin, mushroom, eggplant, tomato, rocket, and cheese (you can choose between Sheese or non-vegan cheese). This is very healthy but still quite yummy, and great for sharing. Although this dish is having a bit of an identity crisis, it’s still a great choice. For $168HKD, however, I wish it came with a drink or a soup like their other set dishes do.
Veggie Spinner, G/F, 144, Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang
We had a chance to try this pizza right before the restaurant closed for relocation. Although we’re thrilled this non-vegan restaurant has a variety of vegan options, not all of them are great, including this pizza.
The A La Provence, although only $55HKD, was extremely tiny. Made with ratatouille, soy cheese, and basil, this was more like a snack than a meal, and left much to be desired. Let’s hope when they open their new location at the end of this month, that Aha will have upped their pizza game!
Aha by ZS, G/F, 198 Wellington Street, Central (new location)
And the winner is…. MAYSE! We absolutely loved the fresh sourdough crust, homemade tomato sauce, and tasty toppings.
Do you agree with our ratings? Have you tried any other vegan pizzas in Hong Kong? Let us know — we’re always up for grabbing another slice of deliciousness!