Sushi can be difficult to navigate for vegans, especially in Hong Kong. With expensive raw fish, tempura or mayo usually made with eggs, and fish ingredients often added to veggie dishes, finding good quality, authentic sushi is no easy task.
Luckily, I enjoy stuffing my face so much that I’ve compiled this list for you. Some are high-end Japanese places and some are more affordable. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these before, or if you have other suggestions of where to find delicious sushi in the city.
Isoya Japanese Restaurant
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I absolutely love this place. The restaurant is vegetarian, but the chef can modify most dishes to make them vegan. Their menu seems to change seasonally, and the sushi is fresh, Instagram-worthy, and delicious. This place is a little more pricey than some of the others, but it’s totally worth it.
Isoya Japanese Vegetarian Restaurant, 9/F, 83 Wan Chai Rd, Wan Chai
This place is really in the middle of nowhere, in a small shopping mall. They used to have a vegan sushi set on their lunch menu that they recently removed. However, if you call in advance, the chef can make you a special set like this. It’s not cheap — $190 HKD for this set — but it’s beautiful and tasty. The other diners were coming over to my table and snapping photos of this!
Meet at Sakura Veggie
This place was where I tried vegan sushi for the first time after moving to Hong Kong, about 4 years ago, so I always enjoy coming back. This vegetarian restaurant can modify dishes to make them vegan. The sushi is a good combination of veggie and mock fish varieties. Presentation is valued here, so you’re guaranteed that the food will look as delicious as it tastes.
Meet at Sakura Veggie, 104 Lai Chi Kok Road, Prince Edward, Kowloon, Prince Edward
For gourmet, expensive sushi, this is the place to go in Lan Kwai Fong (not to be confused with Kyoto Joe!) They have many vegan food options, including 2 sushi dishes, and the chefs will even cook all fried veggie items in separate oil if you request it. This place gets incredibly packed at dinnertime and doesn’t take reservations for small groups, so come early.
Tokio Joe, 16 Lan Kwai Fong, Central
This newly-renovated branch of LN Fortunate Coffee offers affordable vegan lunch sets, including this Avocado Tempeh Sushi set. For $46HKD, this dish comes with a choice of tea or soup. I brought a non-vegan colleague here recently and she absolutely raved about this sushi, stating, “Vegan food is actually good!”
Loving Nature, Shop 107, 1/F, Edge, 30 Kwai Wing Road, Kwai Chung, N.T.
When I first moved to Hong Kong, I stayed on Temple Street for several weeks, and this is where I ate dinner most nights. The sushi here is all vegetarian, but you need to tell staff if you’re vegan, since they cover most of the sushi with mayo sauce. There’s an extensive menu here with an endless amount of sushi options, but the service here is absolutely horrible — you’ve been warned! But if you’re in the area, I definitely recommend trying this place at least once.
Ying Vegetarian, G/F Kamly Court, 61 Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei
Sushi Take Out
This sushi chain is all over the city, and has a decent amount of vegan options. Try the Cucumber Roll, Tofu Skin Roll, or Seasoned Seaweed sushi. They used to have a vegan mock fish sushi in the past, which they haven’t had recently, but it goes to show that this restaurant chain is open to introducing veggie options. I ordered all of this for around $40 HKD, so this place is the most affordable out of all the places on this list.
Tsukiji Japanese Restaurant
The restaurant is very difficult to find, as it’s tucked away in a small shopping arcade, and doesn’t even have an English sign. They do, however, have an amazing and super-affordable Veggie Sushi Set which consists of Japanese Yam with flax seed dressing; black garlic Japanese seaweed style salad; 8 pieces of assorted veggie sushi; one shot noodle in bamboo charcoal cup; and red bean mochi. The set is $138 for one person, and even cheaper at lunchtime.
By far the most impressive giant sushi on this list, the Vegan Tuna Sushi Roll has vegan tuna, vegan egg, vegan mozzarella cheese, veggies, and hemp seeds. I see many people ordering this whenever I visit, and the rolls are certainly beautiful. I found the mozzarella cheese taste a bit odd, and the rolls too big to eat properly, but at least they’re being creative here.
POP Vegan, 1/F, 28 Elgin Street, Soho, Central
Gaia Veggie Shop
With locations in Prince Edward, Causeway Bay, Tsuen Wan, and Tsim Sha Tsui, this vegetarian restaurant is a great place to try all types of vegan foods, not just sushi. Non-vegan items are labelled (although it’s debatable if their mock meats are actually vegan!) and they have several types of sushi to choose from. I wouldn’t say this is the freshest or most delicious sushi on this list, but it’s definitely good value for money. Come between 3pm and 5pm to get 50% off the menu!
Where do you like to get sushi in Hong Kong? Let us know in the comments!