Common Man Coffee Roasters (Martin Road)

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Common Man Coffee Roasters, (CMCR) is the product of a partnership between three stakeholders, Harry Grover, Spa Esprit Group and Five Senses Coffee; each contributing considerable knowledge, experience and resources that have seen the business grow from strength to strength. This combination of experience and passion has culminated in a thriving Café, Academy, Roastery and Wholesale business, with a team dedicated to sharing their love for the product in an approachable and enjoyable way, specialty coffee for the common man.

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We visited Common Man Coffee Roasters late enough such that their lunch menu was ready! We ordered the Cubanos Sandwich as it had a pretty interesting name and we haven't tried a savoury item from Common Man before! The dish comes with two really big sandwiches, each containing shredded pork, ham, pickles, jalapenos and filled with raisin chutney. The bread used for the sandwich was amazingly tough and it may take some effort to cut/bite through although it really does help in holding your sandwich together. The pork and ham were generous although we felt that the most interesting part of the sandwich was the use of raisin chutney, which gave the sandwich a spicy (probably from the use of chillies) and zesty (probably from the use of vinegar) flavour at the same time! 😮

The dish comes with a pretty generous serving of fries that were covered with a small amount of chilli powder. Fries were rather thick-cut, although they were nothing to be wowed over! For $26++, this was a really heavy dish and if you are not a big eater, you may want to consider sharing this with someone else.

Surprisingly, we managed to get a table for 4 at Common Man quite easily on a Saturday morning as we were mentally prepared to queue for a bit to get a table!

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Really amazing! The environment is relaxing and the food is so good! I love the sourdough and poached eggs most! The sourdough has crispy outside and soft middle with the strong aroma of wheat, which highlights the whole day of a bread-holic. All other meat and vegetables are also so good while the flavors combined really amazing! The only bad thing is the price . A bit expensive($30) for a brunch. With a cup of coffee and gst,I spent &42 on brunch.

An assortment of vegetables (kale, broccoli, asparagus and peas) topped with egg white and crumbs! Although this is pretty overpriced at $24++, we love it because it feels like a healthier way to start the day! Note that the vegetables are not served plain, and they are immersed in a lightly-salted gravy which gives the dish more flavour. Do come here early on weekends as the queue can be pretty unforgiving; and they dont take reservations!

For $22++, the dish includes two fluffy pancakes which were of the softer and more moist variety. The pancakes were covered with crumbs, as well as caramelized fruits and walnuts, and were topped with a layer of caramel sauce! I thought there was a very nice balance of sweet and sour in the dish. However, the serving was huge and way too much for my breakfast, as I started getting satiated from the pancakes after a while.

Not cheap at all for a vegan dish. But this was 9/10 yummy, 10/10 for colour and variety. Unfortunately, my photo can’t quite encapsulate the myriad of ingredients on this plate - there were scrambled eggs on sourdough toast, baby spinach salad and broccolini for greens, charred tomatoes, grilled halloumi (👍🏼), 2 huge portobello mushrooms (👍🏼👍🏼) and half an avocado, thinly sliced. On the side, there was also beetroot bbq sauce that was tangy yet light and pretty much complemented everything. Ok la, although it ain’t cheap, serving size was large and made me feel very satisfied without feeling sinful or surfeiting. The last bite... was once again difficult. It was initially a tough battle between the juicy shroom and the runny scrambled eggs. Eventually, the shroom took the crown of being that last bite 😊

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Love the ambience and vibes of this cafe. They offer coffee samples which is really helpful for deciding which brew to get. We fell in love with Kayon (4.5 ⭐️) which used Ethiopian beans. It had a rich dark chocolate cherry aroma perfumed with refreshing grape and blueberry. The sample cup was perfectly extracted such that it was smooth and easy to drink without any sharp acidity or bitterness. In contrast, we were disappointed with our pourover (3 ⭐️) order that used Colombia Gaitana beans. It tasted under-extracted and overly sour. The unique notes of sugar cane, fresh figs, and mandarin orange that piqued our interest were no where to be found. But that didn’t stop us from purchasing a coffee bag home 😂.

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