Elephant Grounds Roastery review: Unique, delicious pastries

Miriam Gordon
  • Head to this restaurant in Sheung Wan for a welcoming vibe, fast Wi-fi and a yummy treat for afternoon tea
  • Try not to go at peak times and remember that some items can be pricey
Miriam Gordon |

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The pistachio cruffin is just one of the many delicious pastries available at Elephant Grounds Roastery. Photo: Miriam Gordon

Elephant Grounds Roastery
G/F, Hollywood Centre
233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan
(Branches also at Causeway Bay, Star Street, Mid-Levels, and K11 Musea)

Grub: Californian cafe food with a fusion twist.

Vibe: Even if it’s your first time, the Elephant Grounds Roastery feels really welcoming, and like an old favourite. The nature-themed decor with a background soundtrack of indie-pop music creates the perfect space to enjoy a meal.

Check out Cha Tra Mue if you’re looking for refreshing iced tea

Who to take: Bring a friend for a study date. The location has speedy Wi-fi, USB ports, and power outlets to fuel your study time.

What’s hot: The pastry selection here is fantastic. Their most unique pastry is the crispy, buttery cruffin – a croissant-muffin hybrid that comes in pistachio and hojicha (HK$38).

The Earl Grey doughnut (HK$38) is another perfect afternoon treat, its sweetness balanced by the rich, bitter tones of the tea.

Try not to drool on your keyboard! Photo: Miriam Gordon

Their poke bowl (HK$145) is a healthy, refreshing treat of tuna and avocado covered in a sweet chili sauce on a bed of rice topped with an egg.

If you’re in the mood for comfort food, then their grilled cheese with a side of fries (HK$110) is the way to go. The sharpness of the homemade sourdough combines with the creamy cheddar cheese to bring warmth to your soul and make you feel even more at home.

New York-style bagels, right in the middle of Hong Kong

What’s not: If you go at peak times (lunch or early afternoon), the cafe can get quite busy so you may have to wait for a table. Also, some of the drinks can be pricey, especially as some of their iced teas go up to HK$58!

The all-day menu on offer outside of mealtimes has a fairly limited selection compared to their a-la-carte and brunch offerings, so if there’s a dish you have your heart set on trying, check out the menu online first.

Cost: Coffee and tea are HK$30-HK$68, and pastries are HK$18-HK$38. Mains are HK$90-HK$150.

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