Any business with ecologically sustainable values impresses me enormously. The fact that they also have great, healthy, allergen free food makes Mana an instant favourite of mine.
Mana is a slow food restaurant which encourages its diners to “eat like it matters” and every piece of packaging is either recycled or recyclable, as is most of the furniture.The minimalist, rustic, earthy decor is very welcoming and it’s a nice, tranquil spot to chill out in the middle of Hong Kong’s busy Central district.
The menu consists chiefly of flatbread wraps, veggie burgers, and salad. The flatbread is available in a gluten free form and made fresh in Mana’s brick oven and flavoured with Zaatar, a delicious Arabic spice mix containing sumac and sesame.
Mezze platters and soup are also featured on the menu and organic, local ingredients are used wherever possible. With the exception of haloumi cheese and omelettes on the breakfast menu, most of the ingredients are vegan.
Free, clean drinking water in recyclable cups is offered for all as well as a selection of organic teas and coffee. There are a lot of fresh juices and shakes, and these are my only disappointment at Mana: there is not a lot of flexibility on the drinks menu and I was told that I could only have the juice mix as per the combinations on the menu. The apple and ginger couldn’t have any orange juice added to it, which was a shame as I found the ginger a bit too much.
Next time, I am going to try the enticing sweets from the cake counter – the raw vegan truffles, cheesecake and tarts look far too good to be healthy, but you can guarantee that anything from Mana is good for your body and the earth.
Mana is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week.