Let’s face it, moms and dads – when you’re following any special diet, dining out can be challenging, especially in the international, ever-tempting food haven of Hong Kong. And while keto-friendly diets have taken the world by storm for a good reason – this low-carb, high-fat diet can help you shed a few pounds and improve health markers – it’s not always easy to achieve at a Sunday dim sum or Italian nights out. Luckily, Little Steps has researched so that you can still enjoy delicious Keto-friendly foods while out and about in the city.
Health-conscious people will love the organic bites and dishes served up at Locofama. Working closely with Hong Kong’s local farms, they provide clean vegetables free of pesticides and chemicals. Keto-free moms and dads will have no issue finding something delicious from their array of carb-free dishes. Create your own Fama bowl by choosing a protein from options like seared sesame tuna, shredded chicken breast, or basked tofu patties and then pairing it with baby spinach, portobello mushrooms, or other veggies. For something heavier, try the 48-hour slow cooked natural beef short rib.
Locofama, 11 Fuk Sau Lane, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, +852 5421 4578, https://locofama.com/, Open Mon-Fri 12-10pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-9pm
Plant-based, eco-friendly Mana! is known for healthy, tasty food that meets the cravings of Hong Kong’s growing appetite for scrumptious vegetarian options. In line with their vision to grow a healthy community, they provide plenty of Keto-friendly options so that you can enjoy your tasty favorites without the extra calories. Try their naked burger option where kale comes in to substitute for the usual carbohydrate-rich bun. Or check out the selection of signature salads and add your favorite protein for a healthy keto lunch or dinner!
Mana! Soho, 8 Staunton Street, SoHo, Hong Kong, +852 5501 7583, www.mana.hk, Open Daily 10am-9pm
Mana! Star Street, 8-10 Queen’s Rd. East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 5501 7591, www.mana.hk, Open Daily 10:30am-8:30pm
A long-time favorite in Hong Kong, serving up premium ribs, mouthwatering burgers and steaks, Ruby Tuesday is introducing a vast selection of low-carb dishes to their menu starting in June. Keep the whole family satisfied as kids can indulge in their carb-loaded favorites, while parents can delight in the delicious, affordable keto options in a relaxed and fun environment. Fresh salads are topped with proteins like grilled salmon or garlic shrimp, while croutons are removed. Pack on the protein with more alternatives like the Fork-Tender ribs brushed with butter and served with steamed vegetables, the Steak Tomahawk, or the Grilled Kuhl Barra Barramundi with steamed vegetables.
Vietnamese warmth and fresh, authentic cuisine can still be enjoyed without the carbs at BEP Vietnamese Kitchen with flavorsome dishes like the chicken, beef, or pork satay skewers, the char-grilled beef salad, the chicken salad, the avocado eggs salad without the prawn crackers, amongst other tasty options. Using only fresh spices, vegetables, and herbs here, you are guaranteed a truly indulgent meal while still maintaining your keto diet.
A lavish teppanyaki affair with a focus on quality beef ensures you a fabulous time at this trendy restaurant that can easily be a keto-friendly haven. Steer clear of the garlic fried rice and order items such as the grilled seasonal vegetables, the Kagoshima Wagyu Tenderloin, the Wagyu Sirloin, the spicy Lobster in coral butter, or the Lobster miso soup, among other high-protein, succulent choices for a fabulous night on the town without the stress of menu-hunting for keto-friendly foods.
If you’re going for something lighter, try the small bites and tapas at Bayfare Social. Items like the tuna tartare and the steak tartare are high in protein and low on carbs. Other keto-friendly dishes from their small-bites menu include favorites like the octopus ceviche, the seafood platter, prawns in olive oil, or marinated vegetables. There are plenty of carb-rich foods here, too, so if you’re looking for something to please keto and non-keto dieters, alike, you’ll be able to here!
Just because you’re cutting out carbs doesn’t mean you need to cut out taste and ambiance! With its modern and tropical vibe, Uma Nota will help you with exactly that – their lunch menu features an unlimited salad bar that can be paired with your favorite proteins like roasted chicken or teriyaki salmon – just ask for the rice to be removed. At dinner, indulge in their raw items like M5 Australian Wagyu, the seafood ceviche, or skewers with cauliflower, chicken, or octopus.
Uma Nota, 38 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.uma-nota.com
You may not be able to have your cake and eat it, but you can certainly have your keto-diet and eat your cake, too, at The Cakery. As a bakery committed to helping others live a healthier life, you’ll find plenty of keto cupcakes, keto cheesecakes, and keto cakes that allow you to fulfill your sugar craving and enjoy your favorite desserts guilt-free. They’ve worked hard to ensure all their products have a balanced macro and are nutrient-rich, too, leaving you to simply order, sit down, and enjoy!
Oolaa is a family favorite and with a wide variety of dishes, there is always something to please everyone - no matter your diet! So Keto-dieters are sure to find something to suit the palate - such as the Char-Grilled Lemon Yoghurt Chicken Skewers, Roasted Spiced Cauliflower (just ask for no pita bread), or try the grilled items like the New Zealand Tenderloin or the US Certified Black Angus.
Oolaa Petite, Star St, G/F, 9 Starcrest Block 2, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2529 3823, www.oolaagroup.com/restaurants/oolaa-petite
For days when you’d rather stay in but prefer not to cook, there are plenty of meal plan deliveries that can help you maintain your Keto diet from the comfort of your home. Eatology offers a Ketogenic Diet Light meal plan and allows you to customize your plan from various options, while Keto Hut, as the name implies, has an entire Keto menu and can deliver through Food Panda and Deliveroo.
Keto Hut, www.facebook.com/ketohut.hk