UPDATED: Ortigas, Say Hello to Elephant Grounds

We can't wait!

(SPOT.ph) Elephant Grounds shook up the Metro Manila café scene when they opened up shop at Bonifacio Global City in 2019. If you live closer to the north end of Manila, though, you might not be able to visit as often as you'd like due to the sheer distance (and Manila traffic)—until now. The Hong Kong café's second branch is opening at the ground level of The Podium.

We spotted this nook at The Podium and couldn't be more excited!
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The Podium branch opens on December 9 and will be offering the same menu items as the BGC branch. That includes small plates, flavorful rice bowls, toasts, waffles, their signature ice cream and ice-cream sandwiches, and of course, coffee.

Say hello to your new favorite hangout spot at The Podium!
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Like the BGC branch, the Podium branch features wood-heavy interiors with touches of green.
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Elephant Grounds hails from Hong Kong and goes way back to 2013 as a laid-back antithesis to the mainstream coffee shops in the area offering great coffee, ice-cream sandwiches, and Japanese-inspired savory eats. The café is a hit with the locals for its relaxed and comfy vibe, and has branches in Causeway Bay, Wan Chai, and more.

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The BGC branch opened last year and is distinct from its Hong Kong counterpart, with exclusive dishes created in collaboration with Hey Handsome's Chef Nicco Santos. They've got brunch dishes and rice bowls given distinctly Southeast Asian spins, making for meals that are at once novel and familiar.

You can't go wrong with Elephant Grounds' coffee.
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Their take on eggs benedict's got salmon and yuzu in the mix!
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Don't even think of leaving without trying their winning ice-cream sandwiches.
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Their BGC branch also has a bar setup. 
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They're not just a brunch place, mind you; they recently also came out with new dinner dishes at the BGC branch, which include the creamy Guanciale Carbonara, as well as one-of-a-kind cocktails and sangria.

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They also recently came out with the Guanciale Carbonara, and it stole our hearts and stomachs.
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Their cocktails and sangria are perfect ways to cap off the day.  
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Elephant Grounds will be at G/F The Podium, ADB Avenue, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City.

UPDATE (December 2, 11:26 a.m.): Elephant Grounds has reached out to clarify that their opening date will be on December 9. The article has been updated to reflect that development.

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