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If there’s one health food trend that never seems to go out of style, it’s avocado toast. Over the past decade, this beloved open-faced sandwich has found its way into brunch menus all over town, garnering such a cult-like following that it’s practically become synonymous with millennials and health nuts. And there’s a reason for all the buzz—the combination of creamy and buttery avocado and crunchy toasted bread tastes every bit as indulgent as your typical brunch things, but comes with none of the guilt! So if you’re looking for a great nutritional start to your day, you’re in the right place. From humble to extravagant, here are the top spots in Hong Kong that pay proper respect to the trendy, avocado-laden toast.
When it comes to drool-worthy avocado toasts, few have earned as much critical acclaim as Fineprint—and it’s not hard to see why. For starters, the sourdough used as the base of their toasts is handmade and baked on-site daily, so customers can enjoy the aromatic bread in all its tangy and crusty glory fresh out of the oven. Just like their sourdough, their avocado and topping ingredients are always fresh and of premium quality.
And the real kicker? They offer three different variations of the tasty green toast. There’s the classic avo toast ($85), seasoned with lemon, basil, sea salt, and olive oil; the half & half ($90), which comes with a refreshing and flavourful tomato feta salad; and the smoked salmon avo toast ($105), a gourmet construction made even more sumptuous with a sprinkle of crunchy harissa spiced nuts.
From its clean and comfortable space to its award-winning espresso house blend, there is a whole lot is going for this spacious, two-storey café, but the smashed avocado toast ($88) is among the unmissable highlights. Ramped up with pesto, house-made ricotta cheese, a drizzle of olive oil and a lively squeeze of lemon juice, Zero One Sensory’s take on avocado toast is sophisticated yet rustic, striking an artful balance between contrasting flavours and textures. The richness from the avocado and ricotta cheese is cut through with just the right amount of zing from the lemon and herby components, creating an exquisite mouthfeel and multi-dimensional taste profile.
Zero One Coffee & Roastery, UG/F, 83 Wellington Street, Central | (+852) 2191 9332
What better place to seek out the best avocado toast than at a bakery renowned for churning out some of the city’s best sourdough bread? It is toast, after all. What started out as a small online business has now grown a brick-and-mortar location in Sham Shui Po’s hipster art space Form Society.
Their avocado toast ($65) is simple in essence, pairing sourdough toast with tomato salsa, a few slices of avocado, and a drizzle of olive oil, but each component of the dish is prepared with utmost care and attention. The sourdough is fermented for 36 hours to ensure a delightfully tangy and chewy result while the avocado is always perfectly ripe and creamy. Enlivened with fresh and sweet tomato salsa, you’ll be surprised by the depth of flavour in this unassuming dish.
Alive Food Co., 186 Tai Nan Street, Sham Shui Po | (+852) 9194 4219
Can't decide if you like your avocado on toast smashed or sliced? Elephant grounds gives you the best of both worlds! The avocado toast ($95) at this highly sought-after brunchtime destination is no skimpy affair. With avocado both evenly slathered on the thick-cut toasted bread and loaded on top in perfectly fanned slices, every bite guarantees rich avocado goodness and maximum textural satisfaction. The dish is elevated to divine status with a laundry list of enticing accoutrements: crunchy radish, fresh pea pesto, dill yoghurt, pea cress, runny poached egg, and a mesclun side salad to finish it all off!
Coffee lovers know this bright and spacious coffees shop as a trusty spot for a cup of joe, but their cooked food menu does not disappoint either. In line with its minimalist décor, NOC (which stands for “Not Only Coffee”) keeps its avocado toast offerings simple and refined.
If you’re a purist, you will love the avocado toast ($94), which consists of plain ol’ sliced avocado on sourdough bread, hit with some light seasoning and a wedge of lemon on the side. With minimal garnishing, the natural, fresh flavours of the avocado and sourdough take centre stage and you can truly taste the quality of the ingredients. Otherwise, a slightly more dressed up yet still humble alternative is the avocado mash ($94), which swaps in mashed avocado for the sliced variety and welcomes the addition of pomegranate seeds and luscious crumbles of feta cheese.
Calling out all the Instagram foodies! This cosy café just a few steps off the Mid-Levels escalators touts a full menu of arguably the most photogenic avocado toasts in town (including a vegan rendition!). We’re talking a blooming avocado rose with mesmerising swirls perched atop a rustic piece of sourdough toast, garnished with colourful accoutrements like beet hummus, lavender petals, and pistachio dukkah and plated on a textured ceramic dish.
Among the stellar avocado toast options, the everything eggs benny ($138) is the one to try. Sure, it comes with a hefty price tag, but combining avocado and sourdough toast with classic eggs benedict toppings like prosciutto ham, spinach, poached eggs, and hollandaise sauce, you’re essentially getting two of your brunch favourites in one dish! And if you’re hankering for a sweet treat after your meal, grab yourself one of their signature handcrafted gelato roses ($50)!
Barista by Givrés, 7 Staunton Street, Central | (+852) 9659 0816
Fancy picture-perfect avocado rose toast without splashing out big bucks? Head to Rings Coffee! Tucked away in the quaint neighbourhood of Kowloon City, this spot that has made its rounds on Instagram for serving up immaculate avocado toast. Presenting a rose-shaped avocado and a bright yellow-yolked fried egg neatly arranged on toast, paired with a rainbow side salad, the avocado sunny-side-up egg toast ($88) is Instagram fodder if we have ever seen it. But that’s not all—this signature dish pleases the palate no less than the eye. The custardy, citrus-spiked, avocado spread will have you swooning for days!
Rings Coffee, G/F, 8 Nga Tsin Long Road, Kowloon City | (+852) 9798 3510
JOMO Coffee & Cakes has taken the vegan dining scene by storm with its exceptional vegan pastries and brunch items, and one of the stars of the menu is the avocado & mushroom with sourdough ($88). Featuring a generous slice of sourdough toast piled high with mashed avocado, fragrant sautéed mushrooms, and a side salad composed of mixed greens, slivered almonds, and a healthy dose of balsamic vinaigrette, this next-level toast is infused with such a bold explosion of umami flavours that you will totally forget that it’s vegan—and not to mention, jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients.
JOMO Coffee & Cakes, Shop D, 4 Water Street, Sai Ying Pun | (+852) 2762 0258
Fulfil all your greatest avocado dreams at this whimsical restaurant dedicated to the creamy green fruit! From burgers and toasts to smoothies and brownies, avocado lurks in every item on the menu, but if you want to get a taste avocado at its most elevated form, feast on the ultimate avo toast ($138). The glamourous dish certainly lives up to its name, featuring sourdough toast with sliced avocado, guacamole, two poached eggs, “avodaise,” and avo lime jam, and is served deconstructed so you can assemble it to your taste!
Avobar, Shop B201, B2, K11 Musea, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | 2611 9900