Spotting the Plant-Based Options at MO

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The boom of plant-based food continues to evolve as environmental issues and healthy eating draw more public attention. Amidst the increase of veganized offers, Mandarin Oriental’s luxurious and award-winning restaurants are presenting exclusive vegan options along with the brand’s culinary excellence. From impossible burgers to Michelin-starred vegan menus, M.O. hotels across Asia presents a large variety of delicious and healthy vegan food, and below is a list of recommended outlets and experiences:

 Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong    

Helmed by Culinary Director Richard Ekkebus, the two-Michelin-starred contemporary French restaurant Amber has been leading the charge for a cleaner, safer, more equitable food system, with its efforts in sustainability being recognized both locally and internationally.

Realising the fact that food accounts for 25-30% of greenhouse gas emissions, while livestock production alone accounts for 15% of all greenhouse gas emissions, Amber makes its menu less meat-centric with a constant aim to keep a 35:65 ratio between animal protein and plant-based ingredients in order to reduce the overall environmental impact. It resonates with the growing number of diners who believe that a good meal doesn’t require meat. In this month, Amber has launched a refreshing plant-based menu, highlighting Violin Zucchini and White Asparagus of which the innate flavours and nourishment are celebrated through a foundation of French technique.

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

An exclusive experience of a luxury afternoon tea that meets diverse dietary requirements can be enjoyed at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok. Located in one of the most photographed area in Bangkok, The Author’s Lounge is the only place in the city serving vegan and gluten-free afternoon tea. The set features a collection of savouries and pastries, with choices of plant-based meat and tofu used as substitutes for cheese and clotted cream.

Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

With both vegan and gluten free options on the menu, Café Causette at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong offers the utmost dining experience for all guests in a welcoming and relaxing ambience. The all-day family-friendly restaurant serves a selection of international cuisine with plant-based options in each category from appetisers and salads to sandwiches, pasta and more.

Among the choices, the Impossible Burger is one of the highlights well loved by children and meat-lovers. Served with French Fries or a mixed green salad, the burger patty is cooked at high heat until golden brown and then baked in the oven for three minutes to lock in a juicy, tender finish. The flavourful, house-made sesame bun is toasted to crisp perfection, with a topping of fresh tomato and lettuce. In addition, a gluten-free option is available for ultimate flexibility.

Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta  

The plant-based menu at Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta’s Cinnamon includes a variety of enticing Lebanese cuisine made by Lebanon-raised Chef Raymond Rjaily. From Assorted Mezzeh to Falafels, the combination of exceptional health benefits and amazing flavoursome dishes provides guests with a one-of-a-kind experience. Using fresh vegetables, grains and fruits, the menu embraces the importance of healthy eating.

A more diversified option for guests will arrive at the Cantonese Cuisine, Li Feng in October. A new plant-based menu will be launched with the creative contemporary renditions of classic favourites, such as Kung Fu Soup with Morel mushrooms and sweet and sour Monkey Head mushroom. Selected ingredients are rich in flavours with high therapeutic value.

 Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo

  Vegan menus are available at Sense, at Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo for both lunch and dinner. Guests can get a luxury taste of a wide range of vegan Chinese dishes including dumplings, soups and stir-fried vegetables while enjoying the finest flavours and ingredients of Cantonese cuisine coupled with the panoramic view of Tokyo.

The opening hour and operation of each restaurant and hotel is subject to the COVID-19 situation and local health authority.