The last time I met Sandra was in February 2015 when I last went to Hong Kong. So we had our reunion 3 years later in June this year. It is so sweet that she makes time for me whenever I pay that country a visit and the best thing is she always have the latest updates on the newest and best cafes to head to. We met at the SOGO outlet located at Causeway Bay in the morning before she took me on a Ding Ding ride to Tai Hung. Say hi to one of the newest cafe on the block and that is none other than Elementary!
G/F, 15-16 School Street, Tai Hang
The chef that opened this cafe is also the same person that brought you famous restaurants named Mama Malouf and Catch located at Kennedy Town. I have never been to those restaurants but heard a lot of ravings about it. When I saw the menu, I was so happy to see healthy food and beverages served because I wanted a healthy breakfast since most Hong Kong food served in the morning are wanton noodles, roast pork rice and such so I ordered The Holy Kale as depicted in the second picture, which comprises of fingerling potato, mushrooms, cherry tomato and my favourite quinoa topped with crispy poached egg. On the other hand, Sandra got herself the sourdough and heirloom tomato with balsamic caviar topping the lemon yoghurt and decorated with Thai basil. The dish is nicely topped with two poached eggs as well. My dish costs HKD$128 (USD$16.34 / SGD$22.54 / CAD$21.59), while hers costs HKD$118 (USD$15.07 / SGD$20.78 / CAD$19.90). To be honest, I found Sandra’s dish more appealing than mine but my dish puts a good start to my diet that day! As shown in the forth picture, Sandra had the Berry Beet, while I went for the Kale, Carrot, Apple juice, which costs HKD$58 (USD$7.41 / SGD$10.21 / CAD$9.78) and HKD$40 (USD$5.11 / SGD$7.04 / CAD$6.75) respectively. Really enjoyed the juice combination and how it is not too sweet. Also, I love how they decorated my drink with the kale leaf! The entire cafe experience with 10% service charge costs a total of HKD$378 (USD$48.26 / SGD$66.56 / CAD$63.75). This is somehow almost the same costs as dining in a cafe at Singapore but it is the high quality food and healthy way of preparing the food that entice me to come back in the future.
Dinner – Tuesday to Sunday from 6pm
Set Lunch – Thursday & Friday 12pm-3pm
Brunch – Saturday, Sunday & Public holidays 9am-3pm
As Elementary also serves set lunch and dinner, I hope to come back again to try their other dishes but I am sure there will be new cafes popping up the next time I come back.
Since it is Diwali today and I miss my trip to India and the food I had at India so much, I would like to share about this no frills eatery nearby Nitin’s home that we dined at for brunch since it was already past noon after volunteering at Nitin’s NGO and we wanted to fill our tummies prior to our trip to Amer Fort.
A3 – A6, Queens Road,
Vaishali Nagar, Jaipur,
Rajasthan 302021, India
Since the Choley Bhature was recommended by Nitin and we wanted to try different dishes, Laurie and I decided to share the Choley Bhature and Dal Makhani as shown in the first picture. Dal Makhani depicted in the second picture is a staple dish in the Punjab region but has become a common dish in the Indian subcontinent after the Punjabis migrated to the northern regions of India. Dal basically means lentils, while makhani refers to butter. Thus, the red dish beside the naan in the photo comprises of tomato masala mixed with butter and slow cooked with whole black lentils called urad, red kidney beans called rajma and spices for about 6 hours. Once the dal thickens, cream is added.
As seen in the third picture, the Choley Bhature also takes a long time to prepare. The bhature is prepared by mixing flour, oil, lukewarm water, sugar, salt and baking soda into a smooth dough and covering it for two hours. While storing the dough to be ready, the choley is prepared by cooking the tomato masala, chick peas, cottage cheese and spices. After two hours, the dough is ready to be made into small balls then binded with flour and rolled into oval shape. In order to cook the bhature, the dough must be deep fried in very hot oil. Can you believe how much oil is used to cook the bhature? The dish served in this eatery is delicious among us foreigners and even within the locals. The Choley Bhature and Mango Lassi are the top popular items served in the restaurants and we enjoyed it a lot too! Usually, the locals will take Choley Bhature paired with Mango Lassi as their breakfast meal too and I am glad that we had that! The mango lassi was not too sweet yet very rich but not “jelat”.
The best thing about this place is the price of the food because we had Indian lunch buffet near Fatephur Sikri the previous day and it was very bad. The buffet had limited varieties, did not serve hot food items and the beverages were too sweet. It costs 600 INR per person (USD$8.22 / SGD$11.30 / CAD$10.78). As for Kanha, the Choley Bhature costs 120 INR (USD$1.64 / SGD$2.26 / CAD$2.15), while the Dal Makhani costs 129 INR (USD$1.77 / SGD$2.43 / CAD$2.32). The Mango Lassi costs 35 INR (USD$0.48 / SGD$0.66 / CAD$0.63). How inexpensive is that? Furthermore, the eatery is very hygienic and there are many chairs to cater a large group of customers.
Opens daily from 8AM – 11PM