Friendly notice: five years ago, when we visited this vegetarian cafe, we didn’t make the transition to a vegan lifestyle yet. Therefore, the food we ordered contained dairy and eggs.
In 2011, it was our first time visiting Lamma Island in Hong Kong. It was also our first time eating at a vegetarian restaurant by ourselves. We skipped breakfast that day, so we went to the Bookworm Cafe for brunch before setting out to take photos of the beautiful surroundings. The restaurant was easy to find because it’s located in the main street and the big sign made it hard to miss. The menu offers “western” vegetarian dishes like burgers, lasagna, pizza and salads.
As we arrived at the entrance, we saw the empty display and wondered if the restaurant was closed. With doubts we walked in and saw a woman (probably the owner) standing in the back. She didn’t greet us and didn’t have any reaction upon seeing us. We chose a nice table by the window and sat down. The lady didn’t chase us away, so that meant we could finally fill our empty stomachs! Glad the interior looked bright and more inviting. The wall on the right side was filled with books. And the whole place was decorated with inspiring quotes and handwritten messages from visitors.
Wing H. ordered the Eggs Orlando. A bagel with vegetarian ham, scrambled eggs, avocado and baked beans in tomato sauce. The veggie ham was very tasty, but the bagel was a bit on the tough side. The scrambled egg was oily and bland. There were a few cubes of avocado inside. If the avocado wasn’t green, I wouldn’t even have noticed it. Honestly, it doesn’t add anything to the scrambled egg. It would’ve been better if they served the avocado in slices, separated from the egg. Overall, it was a satisfying meal. I liked that it filled me up without giving me a bloated feeling.
Wholesome Tofu Burger
Wing M. ordered the Wholesome Tofu Burger. It came with a few side dishes: potato wedges and a salad of lettuce, beetroot, carrot and tomatoes. It looked very fresh and colourful. I couldn’t wait to take a big bite out of the burger, after photographing it from every angle. There was no way possible to eat it neatly because of its size. The tofu patty was made of mashed tofu and veggies. It was very smooth on the inside and I enjoyed it. There was also this dressing available on every table. Judging by its colour, it looked like olive oil. Perhaps it was vinaigrette because it was light in colour and tasted like vinegar. Anyhow, it tasted so good! I kept pouring it over the salad.
This organic vegetarian cafe offers many different choices. Back then, it was focused on vegetarian food, but they also offer vegan choices. It was definitely a nice place to eat and relax. Though the service could be a bit friendlier and more welcoming.
Bookworm Cafe (南島書蟲)
- 79 Yung Shue Wan Main Street, Lamma Island, Hong Kong
- Mon – Sun: 10:00 – 21:00
- Bookworm Cafe Facebook
After lunch, we got on our feet to explore the rest of the island. Lamma island is actually quite close to the city and is reached by ferry. The only ways of transport on the island, is by foot or bicycle. It has many natural sceneries and a lovely beach. Though we had a hard time finding the beach, it was a nice walk nevertheless. We had a crazily fun time photo shooting on our way there. It was around sunset, so the view was stunning.
It’s a very tranquil place compared to Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. And there are no buildings higher than 3 storeys. No wonder why many go to Lamma Island to escape the hectic city life!