Grab some avocado toast and home-roasted coffee at Southeast Asian fusion spot Hungry Elephant in Tin Hau [Restaurant Review]

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The cleverly named "When Avo Meets Simon" breakfast set at Hungry Elephant.

Hungry Elephant

G/F, KP Tower 93 King’s Road

Tin Hau (4-min walk from Exit A, Fortress Hill MTR station)

3105 9600

Grub: all-day breakfast, Western, Southeast Asian fusion, coffee

Vibe: A cozy cafe with an industrial feel, Hungry Elephant gives off a laid-back and chilled vibe. The interior of the cafe features grey brick walls, decorated with miniature potted plants and colourful decals. 

Walking into the cafe for the first time, your eyes will be drawn to a huge overhead chalkboard with the quote “Happiness is having comfort food at the end of a stressful day” – something all of us can relate to.

Who to take: Anyone who’s looking for a healthy, satisfying way to kick-start their weekend morning, or who’s craving a post-workout breakfast.

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What’s hot: We got the salmon toast and the “When Avo Meets Simon” breakfast set. The salmon dish comprises smoked salmon, two slices of muesli bread, scrambled eggs and a garden salad. The bread slices are well toasted and go surprisingly well with the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs. The scrambled eggs are soft and creamy, aka exactly how they should be.

The breakfast set comes with avocado slices, yoghurt, grilled mushrooms, smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, two slices of muesli toast, and a garden salad – basically an upgraded version of the salmon toast. It was equally well executed. We were equally happy with the classic ham and cheese croissant, which was flaky on the outside, and soft and fluffy inside.

Portions are fairly decent and the “toasts” are enough for a light breakfast. The eatery is also known for its Western style breakfast and Thai fusion-style dinner; we will definitely be back to try their take on Southeast Asian classics.

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What’s not: Their raisin scone lacks the rich buttery taste and was crunchy rather than crumbly – no amount of orange marmalade could save it. It was a bit of a let-down considering how much we enjoyed the other dishes.

Even though Hungry Elephant roasts their beans in small batches and has a professional in-house coffee roaster, their cappuccino and latte were slightly below average. The cappuccino tasted muted and the latte was too milky for our liking. We had initially wanted to order a speciality coffee to share, but decided to give it a miss.

Cost: Brunch and breakfast sets cost less than HK$100; toasts, croissants and pastries are between HK$28 and HK$52. Regular coffees range from HK$28 to HK$3, and speciality coffees are HK$68.

Edited by Karly Cox