“Wah, so many things?” I exclaimed while flipping through the pages with everything from pizzas, platters, meats, sandwiches to brunch food.
Born from the Commonwealth Retail Concepts group (who is also behind Swissbake, Kraftwich, PastaMania), it is no wonder that Commonground has the resources to whip up this well-curated selection at reasonably friendly prices. Retail gourmet space portopantry is next door.
(Note: Not to be confused with Common Ground at National Gallery, The Common Ground retail shop, or Common Man Coffee Roasters.)
But you know how the saying goes: Jack of All Trades, Master of… okay, it wasn’t actually not that bad, but not terribly unexpected.
The feeling after flipping the menu several times, but don’t know what to order.
For a start, I went for the Commonground Appetisers Platter (2 to 3 pax; $14) that consisted of Cheddar cheese sticks, fish fillets, ravioli nachos and Caesar salad.
The cheese sticks did lack the exciting chewy string, and the fish fillets weren’t anything to shout about. That same-old expected taste.
However, I moderately enjoyed the chunky ravioli nachos, best eaten with the accompanying tartar sauce.
The more adventurous Jumbo platter serves up to 3-4 pax with chicken cutlet instead of fish fillet and additional potato wedges at a $6 bump ($20).
Among its sprawling menu, this was one that stood out because of its combination of ingredients.
Blue Cheese Pizza topped with Poached Pear ($14) at a heartland family restaurant? Gotta try it.
I watched delightfully as the friendly waiter cut the pizza up, as the thin crust crackled under the roller (trust me, the sound turned up on Instagram story as well).
The blue cheese was more fragrant than pungent (thankfully), and I do hope this would encourage more people to appreciate the wonders of a good, unorthodox cheese.
The pears could have been juicier, but again, I wasn’t expecting much, and was satisfied.
If you would like a predictable, safe choice, go for the signature Kraftwiches ($12 – $14) with fillings of Smoked Salmon, Honey Dijon Pulled Beef, Spicy Chicken Avocado, and Cheesy Mushroom.
These kraftwiches are actually pizza-sized sandwiches, cut up into triangular shapes, made of multigrain and maize bread, and filled with wholesome ingredients.
Another one of those doesn’t-this-belong-in-an-atas-café kind of treat is the Affogato ($7) from the drinks section.
This dessert-cum-coffee was eventually let down by the unexcitingly bland cookies and cream ice cream that accompanied the otherwise pretty fragrant shot of caffeine.
I guess with a selection this huge and with many other favourites like Smoked Salmon and Salted Eggs Benedict ($12) and Carbonara Linguine with Soft Boiled Egg ($14) listed, one will came to expect a certain level of finesse to their food.
My take is, Commonground is probably gunning for the family-dollars, as seen from the number of sharing-platters available.
Still, for a casual diner with earnest service from the young staff, it is already a commendable effort, and has the potential to be a hearty gathering for both friends and family.
Note: This new kid on the block is in the process of getting its halal certification, and all its food products and ingredients are already from halal certified sources.
Our Tampines Hub, #01-103, 51 Tampines Ave 4, Singapore 529684 (Near Tampines MRT)
Tel: +65 6386 6917
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm (Mon – Thurs), 10:00m – 12:00am (Fri), 8:00am – 12:00am (Sat), 8:00am – 10:00pm (Sun)
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* Written by Wilson Ng @wilsoniscurious who spends his time between cafe hopping and writing Little Short Stories. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.