Ever wanted to try vegan meat patties? Now you can in up-and-coming trendy neighbourhood Sai Ying Pun. Opened just four months ago, LN Fortunate Coffee is an artisan vegan café with branches in Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and Taipei. If only they had opened up sooner, because it’s always a struggle finding light and healthy food around the university as an HKU student.
I’d known about LN Fortunate Coffee for a while but had never found anyone to go with since most of my friends aren’t grazers. Me, I’m not vegetarian or vegan (I do love my chicken breasts lol), but I do have an immense love of greens. Funnily though, the person I ended up visiting the café with turned out to be Jason! We were on a work date and initially we’d gone to Ethos, but just our luck, they had had a power shortage so their wifi was dead. That was when LN Fortunate Coffee popped up in my mind, and when I asked the staff there whether or not they had wifi and they answered yes, we settled down.
LN Fortunate Coffee occupies a very big space so the biggest advantage they have with their table arrangement is that they’re not crowded together, which means during lunch hours, you won’t be telling your neighbours about your latest law-breaking escapades. In a similar manner to most restaurants touting a plant-based life, LN Fortunate Coffee is furnished with wooden tables that give off a very homey feel. The inner end of the café is occupied by a large communal table suitable for bigger groups, solo diners or simply those who like to people-watch.
LN Fortunate Coffee’s extensive menu offers a range of western vegan dishes that include everything under the sun: salads, sandwiches, hot dogs, pastas and dumplings. The café also serves sweet treats if you’re craving dairy and egg-free donut. Since I went during the afternoon, I passed on the larger meals and decided on the Assorted Fresh Fruit Cup after a deep struggle between that and a fruit juice. True to its name, the fruits came freshly chopped right after I made my order at the counter.
As far as western vegan eateries around Hong Kong go, LN Fortunate Coffee is a cheap choice with lunch sets under HKD$100 and no service charge. While I’m not particularly interested in faux meats as I prefer my food to be as unprocessed as possible, I know they are a great option for the new vegetarian’s cravings – and for curious carnivores. It’d be interesting to go back next time with companionship to see their verdict on the cafe’s “chicken” nuggets or black pepper “beef”. Hopefully one of my friends is adventurous enough to experiment!
LN Fortunate Coffee
G/F, 118 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
+852 2858 3898
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