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Hong Kong Cafe Elephant Grounds is in Manila with Exclusive Menu Items

June 5, 2019

Hong Kong trips are made tastier (and Instagrammable) with a trip to Elephant Grounds, a café known for its brunch and all-day dining options. But now there’s no need to fly out: Elephant Grounds has just recently opened their first branch overseas, and it so happens to be in our shores.

Located at One Bonifacio High Street, the Manila branch offers the same playful dishes as the original, but with more homegrown twists that make it a destination in its own right. Aside from using local ingredients, the team makes as many components from scratch, including the tea blends and fruit syrups used for their tea and coffee drinks (the latter being made with coffee beans from Brazil, Costa Rica, and Sumatra). Your Local’s Chef Nicco Santos works his magic on the menu, which introduces Manila exclusives like the Avocado Toast, Acai Berry Bowl, and hearty rice bowls with toppings like tapa, Prawn Paste Chicken, and (a show-stopper) Krapow Duck.

A standout on their rice bowl selection, the Duck Krapow packs a spicy, erm, POW.

It’s tempting to go all out—but save room for their ice creams. With flavors that range from classic Cookies and Cream/Rocky Road to the more obscure Toasted Rice, a scoop can be had on its own, on one of their special cones (go for the charcoal), or as part of an ice cream sandwich that’s as Instagrammable as it is well-thought out in execution.

Elephant Grounds Manila opens on June 28.


Elephant Grounds Manila

A cafe from Hong Kong with Asian-style brunch and all-day dining options, coffee, and ice cream.

ADDRESS: Lower Ground Floor, One Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City
SPEND: PHP 100-300
FOLLOW: Facebook / Instagram

Patricia Baes SEE AUTHOR Patricia Baes

Trish thinks too much about everything—truth, existence.....and what’s on her plate. Her ongoing quest for a better relationship with food has led to a passion for cooking, gastronomy, and a newfound interest in its politics. She dreams of perfecting the art of making soufflé with her crappy toaster oven.

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