Common Man Coffee Roasters has been around for quite some time now but it’s definitely one of those cafes that you’ve got to visit if you’re an avid cafe hopper.
Located along 22 Martin Road, the coffee-centric joint serves an all-day brunch menu alongside an extensive selection of fresh in-house brews.
The decor of the space itself is quite reminiscent of cafes you’d find in Australia, with its tasteful wooden embellishments and even a bar top that’s decked out in Aeropress and coffee drip filters.
Always up for some scrumptious brunch items, we tried the Organic Eggs Benedict ($24) that came with braised ox cheeks that were tender, two poached organic eggs and chive hollandaise. All these condiments are set atop a lightly toasted artisanal sourdough toast and a bed of rocket salad.
As this was something different from the usual, we really did enjoy the refreshing tweak on CMCR’s rendition of the eggs benedict. By making it their own, they have truly redefined one of the most popular breakfast items to date.
While most might still yearn for the bacon and sausage combination, the beef that we had proved to go just as well with the flowy yolk and creamy hollandaise dressing, if not better.
For a more lunch-based item, go for the Orechiette Pasta with Squid Bolognese ($28). While this may look unassuming, the combination of chopped basil, Pancetta and shaved pecorino really does make a delicious pasta dish.
Of course, we couldn’t do without ordering some of the speciality coffees on the menu. For a pick-me-up, give the Iced White Coffee ($7.50) a shot.
The iced beverage is prepared with a dash of milk and a freshly brewed full bodied espresso, courtesy of Australian specialist roaster Five Senses Coffee.
If you’re interested in getting the Filter Coffee ($6), be sure to ask the baristas about the day’s brew beforehand. In our case, we had the YirgZero from Ethiopia which had a whiff of floral fragrance to it.
While the coffee itself was strong and aromatic, the fruitiness from the layered apricot and peach proved to be a tad bit too sour for our liking. The light consistency of the brew was, however, a redeeming factor as it did leave a pleasant aftertaste in our mouths.
Another alternative to choose from is the Uncommon Coffee ($8), of which you can enquire about the day’s selections as well. We opted for the Las Lajas Black Honey from Costa Rica.
As the concentrated flavours of red grape and blackcurrant weren’t nearly as sour as the former, it’s safe to say that we preferred this much more to the filtered coffee. This particular brew also boasted a nice lingering finish to boot.
While the name Common Man Coffee Roasters came about because the owner wishes to sell speciality coffee to the common man, the prices really aren’t the most pocket-friendly so be prepared to spend a good amount when dining here.
Regardless, I can attest to the taste of the brunch items and quality of the coffee being roasted on site. For that reason alone, it’s no wonder that they still remain a popular cafe spot among locals and tourists alike.
Expected Damage: $30++ per pax