How paleo is The Awakening? The meat is grass-fed. Sweet potato and cauliflower are staple sides. They serve bulletproof coffee. And all their desserts are gluten and table-sugar free. Oh yes, and the chef Mike Boyle was a personal trainer at the young age of 18 before he established himself as a chef at the Venetian in Las Vegas and later at other well known restaurants in Hong Kong like Bistecca and AVA. So it's legit paleo. They actually refer to themselves as Paleo Plus allowing gluten free grains and legumes into their menu in moderation. Chris Kresser will be happy to hear that.
It was so overdue. There was finally a real paleo devoted restaurant since late last year and I was taking my sweet time to move my sweet derrière to check that place out. Well, I was hoping the Sai Ying Pun MTR station was to open around 2015 and I could get over there easily. But the MTR is a tease and after a long Friday workout I decided to just head over there for lunch.
I was pleased that they offered lunch sets consisting of soup 'n' salad buffet + main. Although I was eyeing their a la carte ostrich steak I nevertheless went for their lunch set and chose salmon as a main. The soup 'n' salad buffet is not very grand in terms of choice. That day the soup was pumpkin soup.
Now it is often the little things that tell you how serious an establishment is about food. I usually do not care much for soups in other restaurants especially the ones you get in lunch/ dinner sets as they are either straight from the can a la Campbell or use wheat starch/ flour or milk powder as thickener.
The pumpkin soup at The Awakening was refreshingly different. It seems they used no thickener at all. I tasted broth (beef?), puréed pumpkin, a bit of a fruity note (pear?) and a balanced mix of herbs. My paleo tastebuds enjoyed the clean fresh taste of the soup unmuddled by thickeners. Naturally I went for seconds.
The prices at The Awakening are pretty reasonable. My lunch set was HKD 140. Even their a la carte items challenge the notion that eating paleo has to be expensive. The ostrich steak I was eyeing is HKD 150, and you can get 6oz(168g) grass fed tenderloin with roasted root vegetables for HKD 190. Well, I believe I have at least two more reasons to come back.
The Awakening also offers take away/ lunch delivery packages targeted towards the need of active people and athletes like Crossfit folks, therefore: The Athlete's menu. Of course you neither have to be an athlete nor Crossfitter to purchase those packages. You can either get a 5, 10 or 15 meal package. The more meals the package the includes the more discount you get on the total price, up to 20%. For more details contact chef Mike Boyle at The Awakening.
Let's hope more places like this one pop up all over Hong Kong.