My first time in Green Common was when I visited the branch connected to OVOCafé in Central. Since then, I’ve been a regular of the store in Wan Chai for speciality products that aren’t available in Hong Kong. As a returning customer of the grocery store, I was thrilled to learn that the new Green Common Landmark would be not only bringing the vegetarian meat brand Beyond Meat to the city, but it would also be serving the product in its own chef-prepared dishes to diners.
Beyond Meat is a US-based company that produces vegan proteins. It briefly retailed across Citysuper stores in Hong Kong but has long disappeared off the shelves. And finally, after a long wait by the vegetarian community, Green Common Landmark has brought back the product – not just for sale on the shelves but also cooked in specially curated dishes aiming to make any meat-eater lick his lips.
Like I’ve mentioned before, I am not vegetarian, but I do have a liking for salads and greens. Plus, a bit of prior research taught me that the interior architecture was designed by a company called Editecture. Knowing that Green Common Landmark could do no wrong by offering lunch options, organic groceries and most of all, great design, I visited the store shortly after its opening.
Green Common Landmark sits right outside MTR Central Station exit H, making it a popular option for office workers to grab a bite on the way to work. The “Tiffany-blue” exterior, as my friend described it, compliments the light wooden furnishings inside the grocery store-cum-café. The design isn’t nature-esque like its cousin OVOCafé in Wan Chai or the popular Grassroots Pantry, but the tiny space is fitted out the best it could be in a sleek, yet natural way.
In particular, I loved how the sitting area is organically shaped, echoing Green Common Landmark’s environmental philosophies. The cleverly chosen light tones of the café enlarge the small area and create an airy, open interior. This master theme is repeated deep into the grocery sections.
There is every kind of healthy, organic item you can imagine inside the actual grocery store. Many of the products on sale are those that aren’t retailed elsewhere in Hong Kong. The offerings range from snacks to superfoods and even to fresh produce! A few notable brands include Beyond Meat (of course), Miyoko’s Kitchen and Neat Egg. And while products from the US, Europe and the rest of the western world are what many usually go to Green Common for, Green Common Landmark also sells local Hong Kong brands and other Asian brands, for example, snacks from Taiwan or Korea. You will also find pop-up offerings on special holidays like fresh vegan mooncakes when it’s Mid-Autumn Festival.
Green Common Landmark boasts a fully vegetarian lunch menu that rotates from Monday to Friday with vegan and Buddhist-friendly mains clearly labelled. Every day, visitors can pick from four options. In addition, the RainBOWL, a colourful quinoa mix, and the Shanghai Chill, a sesame Beyond Meat chicken mung bean noodle, are served daily.
If you need to get back to your office desk for lunch, you can easily pick up any of these dishes at their deli counter for takeaway.
I went during tea time and the lunch sets were still available, but I had already eaten and decided on a salad from the deli. Green Common Landmark also offers two set options for tea time. The food is cheekily named the Filet-No-Fish, a Gardein fish burger, and the AFC, which stands for air-friend chicken.
I sat down to admire the interior architecture with my healthy mixture of orange, beet, and chickpea on a bed of greens called the O’Beet Salad. On the side, I also ordered an Organic Chamomile Tea. I would love to come back for Green Common Landmark’s chef-cooked Beyond Meat meals – goodness knows if I tried to cook a patty myself, it’d be a disaster.
Psst… I’ve already been back at Green Common Landmark twice already! Although I could’ve gotten get my groceries at the Green Common branches elsewhere, I decided to slow down with a cup of tea in Central before doing so. It’s such a convenient one-stop shop. And c’mon, the interior design by Editecture cannot be competed against.
As it happens, though, both times I visited Green Common Landmark was during tea time – meaning that I still haven’t had the chance to try their Beyond Meat lunches yet. You’ll have to wait a bit longer for my verdict on their cooked meals, but if anything, I highly recommend you to visit just for the architecture.
Vegetarian? Check out these restaurants:
- Anything But Salads
- Grassroots Pantry
- HOME: Eat To Live
- LN Fortunate Coffee
- Mum Veggie + Coffee + Sweet
- OVOCafé Central
- OVOCafé Wan Chai
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