Hong Kong’s growing interest in health and wellness inspired the opening of The Kinnet, a wellness centre in Sheung Wan that describes itself as an ‘active ageing centre’. On the third floor of this wellness centre, you’ll find The Kinnet Café, a gorgeous healthy restaurant that is open to people of all ages!
The space is lovely and bright, with ceiling fans, a beautiful tiled deli counter stacked with colourful salads and healthy desserts, and a big, inviting, sun-drenched outdoor terrace. In line with the principles of The Kinnet as a whole, the menu is focused on “naturally rejuvenating” dishes created with seasonal ingredients sourced both locally and from overseas.
A wide range of superfood smoothies and cold-pressed juices are on offer – all made without sugar and with all-natural ingredients. I opted for something less filling but equally refreshing, the cucumber cooler, a simple yet delicious blend of fresh mint, cucumber, lime and soda water.
The stunning selection of freshly made salads changes every couple of weeks. If you order a large salad, you can go up to the counter and choose the five that most appeal to you. We tried the mixed mushrooms, beetroot, tofu, roasted new potatoes and grilled veggies, all of which were delicious and nutritious.
The Kinnet Café also offers a selection of French-style tartines – a kind of open sandwich. The tartine with paprika roasted eggplant was very tasty and light, with lovely Mediterranean flavours and lots of fresh, crunchy veggies.
The roast organic chicken and the roast lamb admittedly looked a little sad on their own (they can also be accompanied by a choice of two salads) but both took us completely by surprise, both in terms of texture and flavour. The chicken was juicy and delicious, having been marinated in a Mediterranean style, whilst the lamb was succulent and tender.
From the daily specials menu, we also tried the pan-fried snapper with white bean ragout, which was a hearty and lovely dish that instantly made me feel full of goodness.
Since The Kinnet Café’s desserts are technically pretty healthy, it was obviously necessary to try a few of these just to complete the experience. Almost all of the desserts at The Kinnet Café are gluten-free and many are also low GI, made with alternatives to processed sugar. The homemade sweet potato cheesecake sparked our interest, given its vivid purple hue and the fact that sweet potato happens to be one of my favourite vegetables. The texture was absolutely spot on and exactly what you’d expect from a cheesecake. The flavour, however, was slightly lacking and far too sweet for my liking, even if it wasn’t actually made with sugar.
The Sacher chocolate cake was delicious, light and not overly sweet, although parts of it were slightly drier than others.
Our favourite of the desserts was easily the carrot cake, which maintained a wonderfully moist consistency whilst still being gluten-free. I like a carrot cake where you can actually see chunks of carrot, and this one was definitely one of those, and even came topped with an actual baby carrot!
Prices at The Kinnet Café are reasonable with good value set lunches on weekdays and brunch on Saturdays. The restaurant actually opens early enough for breakfast on weekdays and there are a number of dishes that have already caught my eye, so I’m looking forward to trying some of these after a workout (just not at The Kinnet Wellness Centre, as I’m still a number of years off being welcome there!)
The Kinnet Café
3/F, 33 Hillier Street
Tel: +852 3968 7623
Closed on Sundays