Ele­phant Grounds Star Street

HK Magazine - - DINING -

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. $

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