Great cafe in Mid-Levels, right next to the escalators
Food from a non-foodie perspective: 8/10 An assortment of healthy breakfast choices.
Price: 8/10 – Pretty stock standard for a Western breakfast in HK.
Service: 8/10 – My food came out relatively quickly, it actually came out faster than my coffee! Staff are helpful and efficient.
Ambience: 8/10 – Casual, modern decor with wood paneling throughout, and upbeat music that will get you going, especially when you need it in the morning 😊
Location: 7/10 – Right next to the Mid-Level Escalators on Caine Road, so relatively easy to get to. But it’s up in Mid-Levels, so not the most convenient to get to by MTR.
Coffee: 7/10 – Not bad. Coffee is a tad too bitter for my liking, but only a teeny tiny bit.
Elephant Grounds Mid-Levels
61 Caine Rd., Mid-Levels, Central, Hong Kong
+852 2535 7155
I’ve been to this cafe a few times for breakfast now, and it’s been pretty consistent in terms of food and service. My most recent visit was on a Friday, and as I was making my way up from our serviced apartment on Hollywood Road at around 10am, I caught the “transition period” when the mid-level escalators were being switched from going down to all going up. So I had to walk up part of the way, and was grateful when I saw the next set of escalators had already been switched over to go up. Nonetheless, the set of escalators that take you to Caine Road are currently under renovation until early 2019 I believe, so unless you catch a bus that drops you right on Caine Road, you will have to walk up regardless… 😓
So it was just after 10am when I reached the cafe, and the 7-8 tables of two on street level were almost all taken. I managed to grab the last one that was available 😅 They also have 4 tables of two outside, and apparently they also have an upstairs section, which I am yet to see. The tables are small, and there isn’t much space between them, so it feels a bit cramped inside. But it’s HK, so you sorta just have to get used to the lack of space here 😆
Their little breakfast menu is quite cute!
It also says that breakfast finishes at 11:30am awwww 😔 Mental note for next time I want to head over here. Also note that their coffees are all double shot. The price of coffee in HK is ridiculous, much like their property prices, so for HK$40, it’s pretty standard, believe it or not.
This visit, I went for their peanut butter banana toast.
It was served on this rather small plate, so I had to be careful as I was eating, to make sure I didn’t spill any of it onto the table or into my lap! Especially since I’m a total klutz and either or both of these things could easily happen 😂
Staff here are efficient and courteous. They wear these orange shirts, which matches the colour of their takeaway coffee cups, so it’s quite easy to pick them out. I thought this colour coordination was pretty cool 🤓 A few others don’t wear the orange shirt, though, perhaps they’re the baristas and/or kitchen staff? Not sure. In any case, it’s easy to grab the attention of one of the waiters, as someone is usually walking around to attend to the customers.
I like the ambience in this cafe. It’s modern, relaxed, yet it also has this positive feel to it. There’s always upbeat music playing, which gets you going right when you need it most, as you’re trying to get your morning started 😊 But it’s not in-your-face, it’s just at the right volume at this time of the day.
And they also take credit card, which I always appreciate 💳 The small things in life make me happy 😊
The bathroom is right out the back. They have one cubicle for men and one for women, with a shared sink area. The cubicle doors also have the wood paneling, like the rest of the cafe, so the decor extends all the way out to here too 😊
Overall, I enjoy going to this cafe. I come here when I want a pretty decent Western breakfast 😊 I will have to move on and try their lunch menu one day, but it’s hard for me to go past my favourite meal of the day, that’s my problem…!