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Common Man Roasters @ Martin Road (Robertson Quay) December 4, 2013

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Ever since my friend told me about Common Man Roasters, I had wanted to go there.  Reason is simple: #1 – Brunch is one of my favourite activity because its a if you pay a price for two: breakfast and lunch.  #2 – You wake up, have brunch decisively and move on, making life really more efficient.  #3 – I love eggs and I love coffee – having brunch at a “brunch place” like Common Man Roasters just sate both desires.  #4 – To be blatantly honest, I always feel “upclass” about having brunch because isn’t it something the “rich” people do?  (The average common manprobably have a bak chor mee).

So the birth of Common Man Roasters is sort of a collaboration between 40 Hands and Five Senses.  40 Hands is a local brand (at Tiong Bahru) while Five Senses is from Australia.  And we probably know to a certain extend the coffee culture in Australia is very renowned; particularly in Melbourne; where a lot of barista actually head over there for training.  And mind you, Common Man Roasters is actually a roaster; which means they actually roast their own coffee!

My friend and I scoot over to Common Man Roasters early in the morning (to avoid the crazy brunch crowd) and to kick start our Sunday early so we can catch a 11am movie at Great World City later.  We had a good breakfast and coffee (of course!) while we were there.  I feel the place is great, having a decent crowd while we are there and bursting with energy.  Service staff is accommodative, attentive and ready to serve you.

Common Man Roaster BlackBlack Coffee ($4.50)

At Common Man, they serve the coffee either black or white.  Here the black coffee is served in a big cup and you have the option to add more hot water to it (making a sort of Americano) from a small bottle.  For the uninitiated, most people are clueless when the waiting staff brings a coffee and a small bottle; neither did they bother to explain.  Some thought it might be syrup.  Be careful too, as the glass bottle can be really hot so it is not easy to handle.

Common Man Roasters WhiteWhite Coffee ($5.50)

I had the white coffee.  Didn’t really like the cup and saucer which weights heavy, but nice latte art even though it is a common one.  My friend; a coffee connoisseur;  warned me about the coffee being a disappointment.  But tasting is believing.  I reckon if you are a coffee addict and knows somewhat your coffee, this probably wouldn’t go far.  I prefer Nylon Roasters and Flock Café, just to name two.

Common Man Roasters Full Veggie BreakfastCommon Man Full Veggie Breakfast ($24)

My friend commented what a healthy breakfast I have with everything vegetarian.  There is a misconception that people think I am carnivorous.  But actual fact is I do love my veggie and a healthy start is a good way to commence the day.  There are two poached free range organic eggs (you can actually choose to cook it any style) halloumi (a kind of cheese), spinach, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, avocado, lemon & chilli and a toasted artisanal sourdough.  Other than the sourdough toast being a little overly done, I have no major complains, though my friend (who was generous to treat me to brunch) felt it was a little overprice, which I agreed and felt quite bad to suggest a pricey place.

Common Man Roasters Organic Egg BenedictOrganic Eggs Benedict ($23)

My friend had the Organic Eggs Benedict.  By the way Common Man only uses organic eggs from free range chicken (which explains the hefty price tag).  It may be hard to noticed from the picture that there is actually braised ox cheeks beneath the two poached eggs with chive hollandaise sauce.  I never quite fancy this combination and ox cheeks just doesn’t sound like a breakfast/brunch item to me.  Nonetheless I reckon my friend do enjoy.

I am glad I had reported my findings of Common Man Roasters.  There are better places for coffee; if that is your priority; and as for the value, it really depends on how deep your pockets are.  Otherwise Robertson Quay do have many other choices for brunch.  Common Man Roasters serve largely an expatriate crowd from our observation and the write up of magazines.  My BFF though, she stepped out from the place within 5 minutes because she can’t tolerate with the noise level.  Yupz, can be pretty noisy.  The solution is:  be there early.  Well, at least that way you can beat the long queue that starts forming from as early as 11am.

Common Man Roasters
22 Martin Road
#01-00
Singapore 239058
Contact Number:6836 4695
Opening Hours:
Daily: 8am to 7pm

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