We are told Common Man Coffee Roasters is a Singaporean brunch venture – welcome to KL we say. Our first visit was on a weekday morning, and the place was pretty much empty until the lunch crowd started arriving. Tucked inside a characterless new building, the Common Man is not quite what it looks from the outside. A step away from the busy TTDI streets (car park in the building!) it boasts interior that is refreshingly different from the ubiquitous minimalist, Ikea-clad cafés. It’s like a slightly odd but pleasing mix of local flavours, American diner and cruise ship bar.
Food at Common Man
We ordered the vegetarian breakfast platter (RM38) and were pleasantly surprised – it is hard to find a non-meaty breakfast dish that is better than what you’d make at home. With sautéed spinach, mushrooms eggs, halloumi, tomatoes and avocado it was a hearty meal – almost enough to share.
Luckily just almost, since we had also ordered pancakes. All the ingredients were yummy and pancakes fluffy. As a combo of nuts, cookie crumbs, berry compote and caramel sauce it is rich though and not for the pancake purists. Coffee is pretty good, as it should be since these guys take their coffee very seriously!
On my next visit I decided to bring the circus along. The kids devoured their big breakfast and I thoroughly enjoyed my Quinoa salad. Hubby couldn’t resist the Turkish Common Man breakfast (RM39), but thought it was a bit too heavy on salt with very salty feta cheese. The service on both occasions was friendly and very swift – always a bonus when trying to keep the young ones calm in busy places.
You can find the menus and reviews by other folks of CMCR and other KL restaurants at Zomato, a handy site and app. All our reviews also appear on there!
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