Elephant Grounds Star Street
Café. 8 Wing Fung St., Wan Chai, 2778-2700. An instant Hong Kong hit on Gough Street thanks to strong branding and a particularly Insta-worthy ice cream sandwich, Elephant Grounds is coasting on its success with another big opening.
HIT Elephant Grounds Star Street is a breezy space boasting light timber tabletops, planters, black metal hanging lamps, and their signature step-ladder stools. Brunch sticks primarily to western classics—think pancakes, eggs Benedict and avocado toast. Our salmon eggs Benedict ($105) included two wobbly, hollandaisesmothered eggs on house-baked sourdough with cured salmon and avocado. The hollandaise had a good kick of vinegar and paprika that cut through the natural richness of the hollandaise. The ring of pesto was a nice addition to the dish, although the sourdough didn’t possess the heft or heavy texture we wanted to distinguish it from store-bought bread. Our mug-sized latte ($40) was rich and well balanced with a thin frothy top, but the part of the meal that made us giddy was the “Movie Night” ($68) consisting of salted caramel ice cream sandwiched between two chocolate cookies and dipped in caramel popcorn.
MISS The lemon tart ($28) was bitesized—gone in two scoops—and although the lemon curd was smooth and tart enough to withstand the dotted meringue topping, the pastry overall was underwhelming. The kitchen had a hard time keeping up with the packed lunch crowd.
BOTTOM LINE A prime people-watching location, short but sweet all-day dining menu and stocked bar make EGSS more than just another place to get your java fix.
Open Mon-Thu 8am-9pm; Fri 8am-10pm; Sat 9am-10pm; Sun 9am-9pm. $