Elephant Grounds, Hong Kong: Walking the walk


  01.08.16    Hong Kong


The guys behind Elephant Grounds know their food – one of the founders is also behind Catalunya, still one of the most consistent spots in town. In Fashion Walk in Causeway Bay there are no shortage of options serving pretty mediocre expensive food with questionable customer service. Twice I’ve walked into Minh and Kok and twice walked out thanks to the astonishingly surly staff who seem truly put out by your presence.

Well, guess what? There are a whole lot of other options out there and thankfully Elephant Grounds seems to have changed the Fashion Walk mojo with fairly-priced, unpretentious plates and friendly service – where staff proactively talk to you. Inside it’s all pine stools, smokers outside, hip hop and r&b soundtracks. With doors made from coffee crates, some sort of garden on the ceiling, skateboards on the walls and baseball caps on the staff, it’s clearly channelling an easy-going CalifornAsian vibe.

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This was a quick hop prior to meeting Jason Bourne and a glance at the menu had some immediate crowd-pleasers at wallet-friendly prices:

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Corn on the cob for 50 bucks was a steal, three half cobs cooked just right, under a togarashi and parmesan cream.

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A reminder that this is togarashi, condiments fans:

Fries with black garlic? Yes please. Hot, crispy, with some seaweed action for umami and saltiness.

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A kale quinoa salad got no complaints from the herbivore:

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While the Chicken karaage donburi rice bowl had some little pickles, corn and other surprises that worked well when tossed together.

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The Elephant Grounds ice cream sandwiches have become legendary but alas, Mr Bourne intervened so they need to be tried another time. For a pre-movie bite, you can’t have much fairer than under 300 bucks.

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