Top 10 quick, easy (and occasionally dirty) Central takeaway haunts for the workaholic

During the week, when we need to rush back to our desks to finish that urgent report but are so starving we think our stomachs are going to start eating themselves, we need a quick and easy takeaway option. Here are some of my TOP TEN favourites in Central (or the edges of Sheung Wan):

Home

This one is definitely in the squeaky clean category. Home is always packed for lunch, so try to get there before the lunch time rush hour to order one of their many enticing meals. My personal favourite being the oven fried flatbread with a young coconut- delicious although difficult to take back to the office (you can order kambucha instead). Their veggie burgers are also a treat and super filling.  Dining space is a plenty, however it can still be a bit of a struggle as its self-service, hope you don’t have to go downstairs if you want to sit down.

They offer such a wide range of options that I am slowly eating my way through, you will definitely not get bored with their selection.

Everything is vegetarian, so veggies rejoice! Bonus is their processing times are quick if you are running to your next meeting.

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Shop G01 & 101 Nexxus Building, 77 Des Voeux Road central, Central, Hong Kong Ph: 852 2777 4777 www.homerestauranthk.com

Supafood

Brought to you by the creators of Sohofama and Locofama, this takeaway joint offers salad and rice boxes at just below 100 HKD. My favourites are the eggplant and Halibut salad bowls. I always order a small size but if you have a big appetite, you can go for the larger boxes.

I have been a few times to this place and so far, the quality remains consistent. The ingredients are sourced from local farmers so you are contributing to the local market and you know the ingredients haven’t travelled far!

One thing I do like is that they serve dressing on the side, so you can add as much as you like.

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G/F 1 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Ph: 852 2812 6088 www.supafood.com

Purple Tomato

Just opposite Supafood is a worthy competitor, Purple Tomato. I know why a lot of men queue up for this place, the large portion sizes! I always whatsapp my order to lovely Rina ahead of time with my usual Cobb salad order. I would recommend doing this as the queue is always long for this place. They usually have 3-4 people behind the counter but gotta warn you in advance, they do not have a very quick turnaround.

Purple Tomato offer made to order wraps and delicious homemade soups.  Much better than the processed taste of Pret.

Come if you are very hungry and want a decent sized lunch. Make sure to place your order before midday to avoid waiting.

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2 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Ph: 852 6695 3623

Knead

If you are craving made to order sandwiches, Knead is the place for you. To be honest, I prefer this one over la Sandwicherie which is opposite La Rotisserie and under the same group. Knead gives you an option of breads (My preference being quinoa) and a wider variety of fillings which makes a big difference, although they give smaller portions (guys beware!)

Easy to order, you simply fill out your order ‘form’ and pay at the till.

G/F 28 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Ph: 852 2851 7778 https://kneadhk.com

Dan dan noodles

Having lived in Shanghai, I am quite picky about my noodles. Dan dan is quite conveniently located between Central and Sheung wan, so perfect for a quick fix. Again, beware of the lunch queues! This place has become so popular recently,  you will definitely need to go a bit earlier.

I don’t have the highest of tolerances for spicy food so was already finding the ‘mini’ aka mild version of the peanut dan dan noodles (Chengdu) style hot!  There are luckily 5 levels of spiciness to choose from and their lunch set deals at a maximum of 85 HKD for one main, one side and a drink are a steal in Central!

There is seating but I would still recommend this as a takeway joint as no one likes being rushed through a meal.

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Grand Millenium Plaza, 181 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan Ph: 852 6920 8125

R and R bagel

With their ever expanding menu, R and R bagel is becoming a lunch time favourite. Their BLT bagel with bacon jam and the Hampton with chicken, camembert, cranberries and cream cheese are TO DIE FOR!

Full length review here:

https://foodbabyhk.wordpress.com/2016/07/27/r-and-r-bagel-some-zen-and-doughy-goodness-in-the-city/

28 Li Yuen Street, Central, Hong Kong Ph: 852 2178 5168 https://www.facebook.com/randrbagels

Hana Musubi

Hana Musubi’s familiar pink sign is dotted all over Hong Kong. Offering good quality sushi rolls, sashimi and Japanese lunch sets that won’t break the bank. With branches all over, you can easily find one near to you. If in Central, the nearest ones are in the Grand Millennium Plaza on Queen’s Road Central or the brand new store in IFC mall. Food here is tasty, healthy and moreover you will not spend more than 70 HKD for lunch.

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IFC mall , Shop 3098A, Podium Level 3

2/F Unit 204, Grand Millenium Plaza, 181-183 Queen’s Road

For all locations check: http://h-musubi.com/

BÊP

I still attribute Bêp’s Phơ to curing my flu and fever a few months ago, after trying every medicine under the sun, all I needed was a bit of comfort food. Their miracle chicken or beef Phơ is packed full of flavour and is the ultimate comfort food for those rainy days.

They have a very filling lunch set at 88 HKD +10% for a starter and a main, plenty if you have a big appetite!

BÊP Central, G/F, 88-90 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2581 9992 BÊP SOHO, Lower Ground Floor, 9-11 Staunton Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong 2522 7533

Sing Heung Yuen

Probably, THE CHEAPEST Central lunch I have had so far, Sing Heung Yuen is always packed and for good reason. The famous Dai Pai Dong accumulates queues down the road for its tomato soup with macaroni or noodles and a choice of bacon, sausage, egg, ham, luncheon meat and mixed vegetables and their crispy bun with choice of peanut butter, condensed milk or marmalade topping. With prices starting from 18 HKD (yes, you read correctly) for their soup, it’s no wonder this is a favorite!

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Sing Huen Yuen 2 Mee Lun Street, Central Ph: 852 2544 8368

Pololi

This Hawaiian ‘Poké shack’ offers fairly large sized bowls of rice, greens and different styles of tuna sashimi (Ahi) or for veggies you can pick tofu or edamame (non Ahi). At 90 HKD per bowl, Pololi is definitely not a regular takeaway meal, however the ingredients are very FRESH and good quality. Tuna is packed with protein so perfect for post workout hunger pangs. The tuna comes in many different flavours (subject to availability on the day) and you can mix 2 different types. I chose the brown rice with greens, spicy mayo tuna and Thai style tuna with coriander- so fresh and filling!

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They have 3 locations in Hong Kong and counting. See the link below for their Sheung Wan and Wan Chai branches.

35 – 39 Graham Street Central, Hong Kong http://pololikai.com/

Hope you enjoyed this list of my favs! Please leave your comments below as to where you like to go for a quick lunch.

Nisha

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