The latest talk-of-the-town café is definitely Common Man Coffee Roasters. Why won’t it be, with a joint partnership between Harry Grover of 40 Hands who started that indie cafe wave in Singapore since 3 years ago, Australia’s Five Senses Coffee and The Spa Spirit Group.
The Spa Esprit Group has that extra Midas touch, making seemingly ordinary things and services look hip and fashionable. Just look at Tiong Bahru Bakery, Skinny Pizza, 40 Hands and their beauty services Browhaus.
While being very new, Common Man Coffee Roasters was packed during the weekends, with pumping music, a coffee counter like a bar and coffee lovers who seem to be the usual Robertson Quay type. The cock décor in the middle, serves to remind us of Kiasu Coffee at 100AM, also owned by them.
Despite being called ‘Common Man’ and wanting to making the cafe “more accessible to the greater public”, the prices are not very ‘common man’. The Organic Eggs Benedict goes for $24, Full Breakfast $26, Common Man Rib-eye burger at $28, Boneless chicken $25 and desserts such as churros, mango panna cotta and crème caramel at $12 – possibly one of the highest ranged around.
I decided I have enough of the usual poached eggs with bacon and sausage and went for the Organic Eggs Benedict ($24) with two poached eggs on top of tender braised ox cheeks and lightly toasted artisanal sourdough toast.
These eggs oozed, and Oh-my-goodness, the combination with the rich melting tender-licious cheeks makes Common Man’s version a class of their own. After taking the first bite, I told myself “This is possibly one of the best eggs ben I had in Singapore” and told my friend You-Must-Have-This. I just had too many lousy eggs ben, and THIS was different.
I was recommended the Turkish Common Man Breakfast ($25), not usually a common choice. Unsuspectingly, I cut open the ‘ball’ in the middle and out busted bright yellow yolk. I really didn’t know that phyllo-wrapped thing with crispy feta which looked like a Cantonese dim sum yam ball is actually soft-boiled egg. (Check out my #instavideo on @DanielFoodDiary).
This breakfast dish is refreshing; especially when the cucumber and tomatoes were fresh with a hint of sweetness, and olives, hummus and pita bread served on side exactly reminding me of my meals in Istanbul
Skip the dessert though. My Crème caramel drowned in caramel sauce and I could not bear to finish it in its extreme sweetness, despite telling myself I am going to pay $12 for this.
Harry Grover saw me and made a cup of filtered coffee ($6) personally. I joked that if I took a instavideo of his good looking face, loads of girls would click likes…and YES, it landed on popular page that day. (And thank you Harry, who usually is deep-in-thought and serious, for a cheeky smile.)
The coffee was aromatic, strong yet bright, slightly fruity without being sour (I like). The texture is very light, almost like tea, and leaves a pleasant after taste. Indeed the coffee master at work.
Common Man Coffee Roasters is one of the few cafes around which does serve both good coffee and food. A pity about the desserts and the price, which came up to a 3 figure sum! The people will come packing anyway.
Common Man Coffee Roasters
22 Martin Road #01-00 Singapore 239058, Tel: +65 6836 4695
Opening Hours: 8am – 7pm Daily