[Hong Kong] A popular hipster coffee joint serving instagrammable Ice Cream Sandwich at Causeway Bay’s Fashion Walk. I probably exhausted a number of over-used internet words in that one last sentence, but it also suggested that this is quite the café to visit.
Founded in 2014 by a fashion designer Kevin Poon, Elephant Grounds is one of the most successful café chains in Hong Kong.
The “Made In Hong Kong” café has a couple of locations across the city at Mid Levels, Wan Chai, Gough Street and Sha Tin, and one of the most recent branches is located in Causeway Bay.
The café is situated in Fashion Walk, a popular pedestrian-only area lined with many bars and restaurants. Cue: people-watching.
Besides its IT product – the Ice Cream Sandwich, coffee, and drinks such as Cold Osmanthus Oolong Brew and Matcha Latte, also expect to find an extensive food menu.
It offers a delightful selection Japanese-inspired fusion food in a comfortably bright and warm space.
The interior boasts plenty of natural wood grain elements and there is a nice terrace with a couple of tables where you can drink your coffee and chit-chat with your BFFs.
In case you are visiting with kids, there is a spacious outdoor area in front of this branch in Causeway Bay.
The good news is that you even bring your pet here, as this branch of Elephant Grounds is also pet-friendly.
Come during weekends for brunch and its menu extensively covers for diners who are health-conscious, to those who want to indulge.
There are anything from Acai Yogurt Bowl (HKD85), Kale Quinoa Bowl (HKD90), Miso Chicken Caesar (HKD90), Avocado Toast (HKD90) – which hipster café doesn’t’ sell this, to Bacon Kale Eggs Benedict (HKD110), Corned Beef Hash (HKD105) to Buttermilk Pancakes (HKD95).
If you come during weekday lunch, the popular items would be Chicken Karaage Don (HK90), Roasted Salmon Don (HK110), and Aburi 36-Hour Short Rib (HKD115).
While the ice cream sandwich is an “old-school” thing to have, Elephant Grounds gave it a new spin and packaging, along with limited flavours to ensure continual popularity.
There are typically two flavours to choose from.
The standard flavour is The Peanut Gallery (HKD68) of peanut butter ice cream, strawberry jam and candied peanuts in between gooey chocolate chip cookies.
The ice cream was thick, creamy, intense, but it worked. I felt like a child again.
Also because it was on the rich and sweet side, sharing would be helpful to split those calories.
There is always one “Flavour Of The Week” which is shared on their active social media account. This is available in limited quantities for a certain time period, and you get anything from Unicorn to Thai Milk Tea flavours.
I had the Pineapple that was between more crumbly cookie – to me this worked better as there was an oriental spin to it that interestingly reminded me of Chinese New Year.
The key draw to me of Elephant Grounds is the vibes and balanced coffee. While the desserts are worthy ordering, food is a bit on the expensive side.
Elephant Grounds – Causeway Bay
Shop C, G/F, 42-28 Fashion Walk, Paterson St, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2562 8688
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 10am – 11pm (Sat, Sun)
Google Maps – Elephant Grounds Causeway Bay
Other Elephant Ground Branches
Mid Levels: 61 Caine Road, Central
Starstreet: 8 Wing Fung Street, Wan Chai
Gough Street: 11 Gough Street, Central
New Town Plaza: Shop 609 New Town Plaza, 18 Sha Tin Centre Street
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