Since opening five years ago, chefowner Peggy Chan of Grassroots Pantry has been on a mission to introduce the general public to green eating by way of tasty, vegetarian dishes that appeal to both vegetarians and meateaters alike. The illustrated menu, while small, does this by simulating various popular dishes across different cuisines, be it Indian, Vietnamese, Italian and/or Japanese. Popcorn ‘chicken’, satay skewers, and ‘Bolognese’ pasta all feature on the menu—but don’t worry, it’s all made with faux meat (hedgehog mushroom being a main ingredient, with a texture that is uncannily like cooked chicken breast). Now located on Hollywood Road from its original spot in Sai
Ying Pun, the industrial greenhousefeel restaurant is bright, plantfilled and made for Instagramloving, smoothie-sipping hipsters. Communal wooden tables are the norm here, so don’t be surprised if you end up knowing more about your neighbours than you do your dining partner by the end of the night. Service can sometimes be spotty and impersonal, which is a disappointment for a restaurant with otherwise so much personality. Nevertheless, the restaurant’s ethos of doing good for the planet is commendable and something worth getting behind.