Branto Indian Vegetarian Restaurant Tsim Sha Tsui Hong Kong

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Branto, even though an unusual name, is a blessing for someone looking for vegetarian Indian food near Chungking Mansions in Tsim Sha Tsui area of Hong Kong. Of course there are several shops on the ground floor of Chungking Mansions where one can find Indian vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. 'Smrat Vegetarian' is notable among those because it is pure vegetarian and they have a proper vegetarian restaurant on some upper floor in the building. Still I feel that the food shops in Chungking Mansions may be good just for an on-the-go snack but if one is looking to have a proper sit-down meal, Branto is the place to be at. To get this name thing out of the way first, the owners of Branto had an Italian restaurant by that name back in India many years ago. They just kept that name for their Indian restaurant in Hong Kong. Branto is located on the first floor of #9, Lock Road (read directions below) within a minute's walk from Chungking Mansions. It opens from 11.00am to 3.00pm for lunch and 6.00pm to 11.00pm for dinner Monday to Friday. On Saturdays and Sundays, the restaurant is open from 11.00am to 11.00pm without a break. Their phone number is 2366 8171. Keep reading...

Branto Indian Vegetarian Restaurant Tsim Sha Tsui hong Kong

Branto Indian Vegetarian Restaurant Tsim Sha Tsui hong Kong

The Menu

Branto's menu is huge with a total of 171 food items. That's almost everything that a tourist from India will look for in a vegetarian Indian restaurant. Let's see, there are North and South Indian snacks (idli, dosa, uttapam, puri bhaji, bhature, pani puri, etc.), soups, sandwiches, pizza, pav bhaji, salads, Chinese food, North Indian curries, rice, tandoori and griddle breads, desserts, soft drinks, tea-coffee, ice creams, milk shakes, and fruit juices. There are a few set meals too about which you will read more later.


The snacks are all mostly priced between 35 and 70 Hong Kong Dollars with pav bhaji and pizza going up to 80-90 HKD. Soups are at 35-40, boondi raita 36, green/Russian salad 28/45, and Chinese rice/noodles around 60 HKD. North Indian curries start at 36 HKD for dal fry and go up to 78 HKD for corn-capsicum-paneer curry. A steamed rice costs 28 HKD while a butter chapati is 10 HKD a piece. Indian Chai (tea) and South Indian coffee are both available at 24 and 28 HKD a cup. Desserts like kulfi and dry fruit falooda are tempting at 32 and 56 HKD each while ice creams start at 48 HKD. They have ice cream soda too in three variants at 39 HKD each. A fresh fruit juice can be ordered at 32 HKD and milk shakes with ice cream start at 46 HKD. Mango lassi (my favourite) costs 42 HKD here.

Set Meals and Thali

Set meals and thali are generally the same thing but Branto has a few special set meals. Among the thali meals, they have North Indian thali (99 HKD), Gujarati thali (79 HKD), and South Indian thali (79 HKD). There is a lunch box meal (take away) for 79 HKD that comes with chapati or puri (2 pcs), a curry, dal, rice, papad, and pickles. There are four special set meals each priced at 79 HKD. Each of the four has rasam, curd, and a papad and on top of that one can choose between idli/wada/rice, masala dosa/rice, dahi wada/rice, and wada pav/rice.

Food Quality and Service

Paneer Bhurji at Branto Indian Vegetarian Restaurant Tsim Sha Tsui hong Kong

Pickles at Branto Indian Vegetarian Restaurant Tsim Sha Tsui hong Kong

Food is cooked less like a restaurant and more like a home because I saw more emphasis on the main ingredients and less on the masala which is a good thing. The paneer bhurji that I ordered was like a real health food. The chapati was soft and tasty. The only complaint that I had on the food was about the green chutney that looked like containing an artificial colour and had too much salt in it. I am not sure about the colour though. Service-wise, Branto has the best staff who are always courteous. The service is quick too. If your total bill is less than a 100 HKD you need to pay in cash because they accept cards only if the bill is more than a 100.

How to Get There

Lock Road Tsim Sha Tsui Hong Kong

Come out of exit C1 from Tsim Sha Tsui Station and turn right. You will have iSquare Mall on your right side and Bosini/Giordano shops on your left. A little ahead, the first right turn brings you into Lock Road. Walk a little on this road and you will see Branto on the first floor above a shop called 'Hui Lau Shan' on the left side of the road.

How to Get into the Building

Door Control Panel 9, Lock Road Tsim Sha Tsui Hong Kong

The entrance to this building has an electronic lock that can be opened with a code (that you will not have) or by the occupants from inside. There is a control panel on the left wall. To call Branto to open the door for you, press '1' on the floor panel and then '9' on the flat panel. Wait for a while and the door will open for you.

Home Delivery

Branto delivers within Tsim Sha Tsui area.

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