Organic initiatives among restaurateurs and F&B venue owners around Shenzhen are consistently growing. Below, we introduce you to a selection of outlets, farms and online stores that specialize in providing Shenzhen residents with healthy and delicious veggies and meats.
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Located in Overseas Chinese Town, this trendy restaurant is one of just a handful of restaurants focused on organic food in Shenzhen’s F&B scene. They pride themselves on sourcing ingredients from a range of organic farms around the country, and combine this mindfulness about the origin of their food with a scintillating sense for decoration and design, attempting to replicate the images that one might see while jaunting around open farmland. Each of their dishes comes perfectly laid out, oozing a certain modernistic class that attests to the fact that healthy food can also be trendy.
Open daily, 5.30-11pm. See listing for Voisin Organique.
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This French restaurant at Xiangmihu combines a few different elements to offer an enjoyable and unique dining experience. While at once a Francophilic spot for eating in an unusual but very scenic part of the city, Taste Moment also uses fresh ingredients, sourced from a farm in Guangzhou. One of their co-owners, Greg Dolbost, brings with him over a decade of experience in the F&B industry. Taste Moment places emphasis on the use of organic and fresh vegetables and, like Voisin Organique, decorates a plate like you wouldn’t believe. Dine within view of Xiangmihu, in the midst of 1979 shopping area, which is also home to an old, rusty roller coaster, and enjoy the full range of natural flavors that this awesome venue provides.
Open daily, 11am-10pm. See listing for Taste Moment.
Teshi Organic Farm
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This collection of farms has outlets in Huizhou, Shanxi and Shanghai and is certified by the European Union. The Huizhou site was founded in 2015, and through the use of scientific methods, and with knowledge of a range of growing techniques, Teshi Organic Farm has become one of the more renowned providers of organic vegetables and food throughout China. The farm’s founder, Han Nong, hopes to create a network of farms around the country, which will be small outposts committed to growing Chinese foods in healthy soil and with conscientious methods. Teshi has previously worked with Voisin Organique in providing information about farming and nature for kids in the area, and continues to be a fine example of the right, moral way of growing delicious ingredients.
Teshi Organic Farm, Huidong County, Huizhou 惠州市惠东县特石有机农场
China’s premiere vegetable-selling start-up and app, Meicai could become an important player in the online grocery shopping game in China. While a lot of us tend to use Meituan Dianping and Ele.me when ordering our lunches and dinners, Meicai shows that selling niche ingredients to a hungry population is possible, having already secured USD1.5 billion in funding, according to Crunchbase. Not only does Meicai provide worry-free foods for people like you and I, the app also supplies veggies to a number of restaurants and outlets. So next time you attend your favorite restaurant hit them with the question: “Are these ingredients locally sourced?”
You can download Meicai from most app stores in China.
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