UPDATED: HK Cafe 'Elephant Grounds' Opening Soon in Manila

Elephant Grounds

Coffee, Ice Cream & Yogurt, International

From coffee to specialty drinks, savory food to artisanal ice cream, beans to curated merchandise -- Elephant Grounds is poised to become the Manila foodie's next favorite stomping ground when it opens its first Philippine outpost, located in BGC.

Elephant Grounds is located beside Chino (another HK establishment) in One Bonifacio High Street, BGC

From Coffee to Food to Retail

The popular Hong Kong cafe and micro-roaster takes pride in sourcing their coffee beans from small farms around the world, as well as roasting the beans themselves to offer signature blends alongside premium single origin beans to make your beverage experience artisanal. 

Black Tie (P150)
Sunset Iced Tea (P150)
Salted Caramel (P185), Signature Latte

Along with the selection of coffee and specialty drinks are Elephant Grounds' famed ice cream, handcrafted and churned, and comes in different unique flavors. Aside from getting Ice Cream by the scoop (P150), the cafe also sells these as Ice cream sandwiches (P165), best paired with a cup of coffee. Currently, the Philippine outlet has eight different ice cream flavors, using locally produced milk from Holly's Milk: Hazelnut, Chocolate, Cookies and Cream, Rocky Road, Earl Grey, Mixed Acai (using real acai berries), EG Latte (an ice cream version of their popular coffee), and Toasted Rice. Every scoop already comes with toppings.

For the hungry, get your fill of Asian inspired savory dishes with their all-day offerings, and Elephant Grounds has tapped Chef Nicco Santos (of Your Local and Hey Handsome) to create a food menu that encapsulates the brand's focus on quality, attention to detail, presentation, distinctive taste, and experiences. Santos is now the Executive Chef of The Standard Group, the folks behind katsu favorite Yabu, and the group responsible for bringing Ippudo, and Mighty Quinns, and now Elephant Grounds to the Philippines.

The chef shares how exciting it is to collaborate with Elephant Grounds for its food, as the brand wanted to give a distinctive local flair when it comes to its offerings. Expect different Elephant Grounds exclusives when it expands to more branches in the metro, each one offering something a little different from the other. The second branch of Elephant Grounds in the Philippines is set to open in Podium, Ortigas, within the year.

Going beyond food and drink, Elephant Grounds also brings in their coffee beans and curated merchandise to the table. Its same street lifestyle and aesthetic is brought to life in the Manila branch, and the BGC spot will be pet-friendly. Guests can park their bikes and scooters, enjoy brunch with the family, and let their pups tag along too. Customers can also get to browse through and buy items like caps, shirts, and beans to take home.

Here's a sneak peek of the first Philippine store and offerings of Elephant Grounds:

With over 20 specialty beverages to choose from, Elephant Grounds Manila offers an Espresso menu with double shot drinks, signature lattes, a Tea menu (which includes hot, iced, and yes--milk tea), and a brew bar (for lovers of Cold Brew and Single Origin coffee)

Keep it light, but make it lipsmacking: Thai shrimp salad (P325) with mangoes on nuoc cham dressing, topped with toasted coconut
Scrambled Eggs and Bottarga Toast (P345): included on their breakfast menu from 7am to 11am is sourdough topped with soft-scrambled eggs with smoked white fish (tinapa), mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, and dried botarga
Twice Cooked Adobo Pork Belly (P370): EG has an adobo rice bowl of braised and fried adobo pork belly, topped with chicharon crumble, servied with adobo garlic black rice, pickled
green papaya (atchara), and egg
Tapa Donburi (P430): Yakiniku-style tapsilog of sweet-style beef, roasted eggplant ensalada with crispy dilis, fried egg, and garlic Japanese rice
EG's Smoked Bacon Carbonara (P280) is an old school version (no cream!) of linguini with house smoked bacon and egg yolk, topped with aged parmesan
Ice Cream by the Scoop (P150) Clockwise, from top:
Hazelnut, Chocolate, Cookies and Cream, Rocky Road, Toasted Rice, EG Latte, Mixed Acai, and Earl Grey

UPDATED [June 26, 2019]: Elephant Grounds is happy to announce their official opening day: Friday, June 28, at 8:30am.

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Elephant Grounds will have regular store hours of 7am to 10pm daily. Their breakfast menu will available from 7am to 11am. The first Philippine outpost is located at the Lower Ground Floor of One Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City. For more information, follow Elephant Grounds Manila on Instagram (@elephantgroundsph) and Facebook (/ElephantGroundsPH), and visit their official website (www.elephantgrounds.com).

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