• Ellie Furuya

Artisanal Coffee & Health Food Bar at The Elephas


Founded by Ricky Cheuk, former professional rugby player and the man behind Warrior Academy, The Elephas is a brand new space featuring health food and artisanal coffee right alongside fitness training facilities. As soon as you step through the doors, you're swept into a totally different world - one of happy, grazing elephants and #fitfam. Yeah, it's hard to explain. Personally, I get pretty stressed around gyms in general (let alone eating next to one amidst bellowing instructors), but the space is so designed that you feel completely at ease with your surroundings, and the gym is just a cohesive element of the whole place.

The menu centers around Thai cuisine, with traditional dishes uplifted or modified to fit the Elephas' health food concept. For that extra authenticity, a chef has been flown in directly from Thailand to help create these simple and healthy dishes without compromising on taste. Read on to see what's on offer!

Founder Ricky Cheuk explains the menu items.

The smoothies are carefully created and LOADED with ingredients, most to all of which I don't remember - but they were all delicious! I had the Cali Berry smoothie, and whoever made it clearly did not skimp on the berries as it tasted super fresh and flavourful. (Edit: Cali Berry is made with peach juice, pineapple juice, blueberries, strawberries, coconut water - HK$68)

Vietnamese Summer Rolls with prawns (HK$78): Super light interpretation of the traditional rolls, with a complementing sauce.

Grain Fed Beef, Roasted Beetroot, Baby Spinach, Honey Lime Dressing (HK$98) - Great salad with quality beef, walnuts and a light dressing. Not pictured is the Pumpkin & Seared Tuna Salad with pine nuts (small size HK$79), a make-your-own salad bowl that I loved and would recommend for you to try!

Tossed Minced Chicken with Avocado with Green Oak Leaves (HK$78). An even healthier reinterpretation of that must-eat Thai dish when in Thailand!

This is The Elephas' Original Poke Bowl with mango, avocado, and tuna (HK$90). You also have the choice to have it with salmon (HK%78). I am always on the hunt for good poke - and I've never tried it with curried quinoa. It's safe to say I'm obsessed now.

And finally, the desserts. From left to right: Raw Chocolate Tart, Coffee Roll Cake, Gluten-Free Banana Cake, and Raw Lemon Coconut Cream Pie. My favourite will have to be the banana bread -- I really would not have guessed it was gluten-free!

The Elephas

Opening Hours:

Coffee Bar - Mon – Sat, 0830 – 2030

Health Bar – Mon – Sat, 1100 – 2100

Address: Shop 118, 1/F, Hong Kong Plaza, 188 Connaught Road West, Hong Kong

Contact Number: 28383979

Email: healthbar@theelephas.com

Website: www.theelephas.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/theelephas/

Instagram: @theelephas

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