Fast Slow Food

I care about what I eat, and where my food comes from. Therefore I was very excited to try out a new addition to the rather limited local organic, vegan dining scene.

A little piece of al fresco dining at Mana! Fast Slow Food

As an eco-friendly restaurant that serves fast, organic vegan food that doesn’t cost the earth, the interior is full of reclaimed timber and organic tiles from Bali.

Cool interior of Mana!

Energy-saving lighting

Co-Founders Bobsy (of Life Cafe, another favourite of mine) and Christian Mongendre have been pushing the green movement in this city, as reflected by the organic, homegrown wheatgrass on the counter, and the sustainable cutlery and packaging. It is the first time I saw and used paper straws; plastic spoons are “100% compostable”; the paper boxes are printed with “food that doesn’t cost the earth” and “dear earth, dear sun, by you we live” and the biodegradable coffee cups are also made from plants with a vegetable derived material.

Paper straws and cutlery made from sustainable materials

Wheatgrass sitting on the counter

The communal Babylon-styled backyard is designed for a quick bite, or enjoy a glass of organic wine and relax.

Babylon backyard - mini oasis in the city

One of Mana’s specialties is its flats , organic wholesome flatbreads topped with savoury “zaatar” (a mixture of thyme, sumac, sesame seeds and sea salt) and olive oil, layered with mouth-watering toppings of one’s choice and wrapped to go. A perfect healthy alternative to pizza.

Flats and humus

The flats are prepared in the handmade brick oven specially built for this purpose.

Handmade brick oven for making flats

Other tasty treats include tofu and haloumi burgers, fries, dhal, yummy salads and soups.

Fresh salad served in recycled paper box

Humus and Baba ghannouj

The more unusual offering includes raw vegan dessert. The raw blueberry cake was moist, soft with a texture similar to Japanese cheese cake, fruity yet not overly sweet. The lovely colour was a vibrant dark purplish red.

Raw bluberry cake with organic latte

The latte was a bit watery and bland, or may be I am just spoilt by all the artisan coffee I am so used to these days from the likes of Barista Jam and Rabbithole. But am loving the healthy, tasty and fresh food here.

Botsy and Christian having a laugh

Mana! Fast Slow Food
Add: 92 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2851 1611

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About Patricia

Born in Hong Kong and studied in England for most of her life. Transplanted herself to Tokyo, New York and finally back to her root. Having treated her taste buds to the best of these continents have to offer, she has decided to invite others to join her on her gastronomic voyage. Full-time food lover, part-time cook who wants to enjoy the pleasures of life, mostly at the dining table.
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