This place is a well-loved place of mine.
I always seem to find myself here after a great session of yoga upstairs at Yoga Movement, or on the weekend where I can beat the crowd and come for an 11am lunch.
What Common Man makes one realise, is what real café and coffee-pairing food should taste and look like. Gone are dishes like eggs with soggy bread. Here, you can get hot plates infused with bold flavours, served up in generous portions on gorgeous ceramic ware that tempt to steal the spotlight from the food itself. Poached eggs jiggle delicately atop fluffy carbs or fresh greens, while fried meats glisten and show off their crispy edges.
They say the easiest way to start a light diet is to have all the sweet stuff in the morning, and eat lighter at night. In a similar fashion, I don’t mind beginning a meal with the dessert. I began this meal with a couple blondies – brownies made with white chocolate instead of dark chocolate. Surprisingly, it had none of the cloying sweetness that usually makes me shy away from white chocolate (sugar really affects me). The texture was like a more crumbly pound cake, which paired wonderfully with a strong acidic espresso.
Behold, a sea of bright orange that will be sure to energise visually and nutritionally. This Quinoa Salad is topped with glorious globs of tart Greek yogurt. Crispy sweet potato chips scattered thoughtfully on top provide great textural contrast, while herbs, raisins and sweet potato cubes mixed into the grain tie the taste profile together.
Not to be outdone by its orange cousin, this Sautéed Kale and Egg White Scramble is not only hip, but also vivacious. A fresh tasting medley of sweet potato leaves, asparagus, sweet pea and broccoli marries well with the sharp flavours of parmesan and lemon zest crumbs. The dishes here are each a well balanced collection of acid, fat and sweetness.
22 Martin Road | #01-00 | Singapore 239058
+65 6836 4695
Mon – Sun: 7.30am – 6.00pm