Archive for the ‘Vegetarian/Healthy Restaurants’ Category

Meanwhile, time for a late lunch in Hong Kong Park, at the Lok Cha Tea House. 


A cup infused yellow tea, slightly smokey on the first brew then smoother from the second cup onwards. Accompanied by seasonal steamed vegetable dumplings and these cute little sweet, black sesame  mini dumplings served in cold jasmine tea. Delicious. 

Lock Cha Tea House is a haven of peace inside the already peaceful Hong Kong park at Admiralty. A spacious tearoom serving Chinese and some Taiwanese teas (green, yellow, oolong – which the English menu calls “greenish tea”, red and pu-erh) with a decent selection of vegetarian dim sum and other all veggie dishes. Tea demonstration at a small extra charge. 

Lok Cha also sells tea and tea ware, and is located right next to the wonderful Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware. Visiting the museum then taking a long tea break at Lok Cha is a perfect way to spend a tea-themed afternoon. 

 tea house near Admiralty in Hong Kong 
LockCha Tea House

Ground Floor, The K.S. Lo Gallery, Hong Kong Park, Admiralty, Hong Kong.

Tel: +852 2801-7177

Open 7 days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed every second Tuesday of the month.

Admiralty MTR Station C1 Exit. 

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As well as hand made dim sum, Vivisen’s speciality is Goji tea, a blend of goji berries, chrystanthemum flowers, tea leaves and liquorice “helpful in rejuvenating the body, refreshing the mind and improving overall health and well being”.

The tea is sweet tasting and surprisingly dark, and apparently super healthy for the goji berries’ amino acids, trace minerals, beta-carotene and Vitamin C.


Vivisen Teahouse
15 Point St,
Fremantle, Western Australia
+61 (0)8 9336 6699
Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11am-3pm then 5pm-10pm
Closed Mondays and Public Holidays

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One entire wall of this tea house is a blackboard inscribed with quotes from the wise, the famous, the anonymous and the downright funny. Here are a choice few to ponder on:

“The tea-party is a spa for the soul – you leave your cares and work behind. Busy people forget their business. Your stress melts away. Your  senses awaken.” – Unknown 

“Happiness is like a butterfly. Only when I sit down with my tea did the butterfly settle peacefully in my lap.” – Reny

“Women are like teabags. You never know their strength until you place them in hot water.”

“One drinks tea to forget the din of the world.” – Tien Yixeng

“Tea… is a religion of the art of life.” – Kakura 

There’s quite a large selection of teas (green, white, black, rooibos and tisanes, but only one oolong), served in a teapot with a digital timer to brew perfectly. Organic and gluten free breakfast options galore, which is a plus, because breakfast at my hotel costs AUS $26 with a teabag so honestly Maraschino is a better option all round.

Saved the best for last :

“Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cosy, doesn’t try it on.” – Billy Connolly

Shop 8, 17-23 Collie St Map.ab96a8d
Fremantle, WA 6160
Tel. +61 (0)8 9336 7871
Closed on Tuesdays, and also at random times (like 4.30pm on a Saturday for no clear reason)
No wifi

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Rua do Salitre, 117 – Lisbon – Metro Avendia

Tel. 213 142 038  – Open Mon to Fri 12.15pm to 2.15pm and 7.30pm to 10pm

This friendly and busy vegetarian restaurant near Avenida de la Liberdade is part of a Buddhist centre offering meditation classes. For a Wednesday night, Os Tibetanos was full of people speaking all sorts of languages.  Indoors, the walls are hung with Tibetan tangkas, while the outdoor tables in the courtyard are overlooked by a huge white Tara mural.

Samosas, traditional Tibetan starters, curry, seitan and tofu dishes, rose petal ice cream in yoghurt, served with a choice of teas, herbal teas, wines or beers, in a totally relaxed atmosphere with no hang ups! Loved it.

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Near Chà do Carmo, there is a little vegetarian restaurant with a really delicious, self-service buffet for just 8,90 €.

They had a selection of salads with little lentil cakes and pappadums, and several hot dishes to choose from : stuffed aubergines (I went back for seconds instead of dessert!), vegetarian lasagna, rice and beans. Sometimes, these buffets can be healthy but heavy; this one was amazingly light.

Jardim das Cerejas, Calçada do Sacramento, 36 – Tel. 21 346 9308

Open 12pm to 3pm and 7pm to 10pm

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