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The Commons Coffee House

39A Flower Road, Colombo 7


Commons is one of Colombo's most popular hangout spots. They've got a great location on flower road and a relaxed atmosphere. Its expansive menu means your spoilt for choice but quality varies depending on what you choose.



The YAMU team arrived at The Commons Coffee House for a late lunch looking forward to filling our hungry bellies. 

Food

The food menu was extremely large so we were spoilt for choice, but I wondered whether Commons would deliver on quality given their expansive range?

Commons’ main food menu offers predominantly Western cafe cuisine such as sandwiches, waffles, crepes and rolls. They also do a range of more sophisticated western-asian fusion dishes splitting their menu into seafood, meat, rice bowls and a separate section titled ‘healthy’.
They also have a traditional Sri Lankan menu, a burger menu and a kids' menu. On this occasion we limited ourselves to their main menu. The four of us placed our orders hoping to try a range of foods.

Vishvi ordered the Spaghetti Carbonara (Rs. 710) and a Cappucino (Rs. 330). The four of us tried the carbonara and weren’t very impressed, the pasta was overcooked and there was too much sauce for the amount of pasta.

The sauce was worryingly yellow and had a gelatinous texture with a bizarrely familiar taste suggesting that flavour enhancer (MSG) may have been used. Another downside was that the bacon was not crispy (something I always look for in a decent carbonara).

As for myself, I ordered the Fish Thai Red Curry with steamed rice (Rs. 695) and the Mochaccino (Rs. 460). We all felt that the fish was not fresh and a bit tough.

As for the curry itself, it lacked depth and the only flavours that resonated were that of salt and chilli. My salad was very basic with a few sliced onions, cucumber and tomato doused in soya sauce.

Sarah ordered a simple Pumpkin Soup (Rs. 410) which we thought was decent but not something to write home about! 

Chandana ordered the classic Chicken and Mushroom waffle (Rs. 490) . The waffle wasn’t crispy and soft in the middle, but soggy and overpowered by the sauce.

Drink

As the name suggests The Commons Coffee House does offer a range of coffee, tea, ice-coffees, milkshakes and fruit juices.

Vishvi ordered the Cappuccino and although it looked the part, it wasn’t anything special, as it lacked the rich coffee flavour and the light fluffiness of foamy milk that one normally expects. 

I ordered the Mochaccino expecting the classic taste of blended coffee and chocolate, unfortunately this was replaced by what seemed to me an overly sweet chocolate milkshake. Chandana's Orange Juice (Rs. 350) was good and wasn’t obviously over sweetened.

Service and Ambience

To my delight not much has changed at Commons with regards to the restaurant’s aesthetic, it's ambience and relaxed atmosphere is definitely one of its strengths.

With regard to service while generally to standard the biggest let down was that Chandana’s order arrived 10 minutes after the rest of our food did. Unfortunately this brings our opinion of Commons’ service down a few notches.

One thing that we think customers should be aware of is that the service charge and VAT increases the price considerably of each product adding a few hundreds on to your order. If you place a large order it can be quite pricey for what you're getting.

Conclusion

Overall The Commons Coffee House strength lies in its ambience and comfortable seating. As for its food, it is of a mediocre standard and arguably not worth the amount you’re paying. Commons could improve by reducing the size of its menu focusing in on a few well made dishes of top quality. The fact that even its coffee based products are lacking suggests that either it should rename itself simply ‘The Commons’ or focus on improving its primary product (coffee)!

In conclusion if you want somewhere to hangout in the afternoon with a group of friends and you’re not too concerned about quality coffee and food The Commons Coffee House is the place for you!

Sidenote: They're famous for their burgers, so if you go, invest in one of those.


TIP

Order the rotti and order fast as it may take a while. Remember that the VAT and service charge on products can increase the price considerably.

Address

39A Flower Road, Colombo 7

Directions

Past Dinemore on Thurstan Rd, turn left on to Flower Rd at the (Royal College) junction. Commons is on Flower Rd, a few meters passed Ladies College on the opposite side.

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Mink777

Terrible service… Not at all customer friendly.
Staff is not on the same page, one says they can give a menu item and the other says they can’t.
Even the reservation, they took it in, but once we enter the place they said, “we usually don’t take reservations for 2 people”
Also they make you wait for the longest time to bring the food

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Phillybuster

Rs. 300 delivery charge from here to 5th lane (literally less than 1 km). Sad.

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Mink777

Terrible service… Not at all customer friendly.
Staff is not on the same page, one says they can give a menu item and the other says they can’t.
Even the reservation, they took it in, but once we enter the place they said, “we usually don’t take reservations for 2 people”
Also they make you wait for the longest time to bring the food

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Phillybuster

Rs. 300 delivery charge from here to 5th lane (literally less than 1 km). Sad.

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Arun Prakash

* didn't have waffles and the excuse was that the waffle iron was broken for the last 3 days

* under staffed and those who were there were really rude

* I ordered an English breakfast and I had to keep asking them to bring the missing items on my plate

* so many flies

very dissapointed with the quality drop

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isuru144

I went by this place 3 days in a row. First time I went they mixed up my order and when I came back nothing was ready. 2nd day the same incident happened with delays again. Today I timed it and it took them 18 mins to bring me an iced coffee which just had to be taken out of the fridge and put into a glass and a further 20 mins (18+20mins=38 mins) for the rest of my food (hotdog). very appalling service.

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Amina

In terms of standards their food has really gone down. Was there recently after a while and ordered the Chillie Prawn Pasta… what was served was an appalling goopy mix of knorr infused cheese and cornflour sauce with more cornflour than cheese, with a couple of prawns and chillie flakes mixed in with the pasta…that was it. It was so disappointing especially since I've sampled such a dish in other restaurants such as Bars and was looking forward to having something similar. This was like one of those pre-cooked meals you can microwave for a quick fix. If they can't do certain dishes well then they should remove it off the menu and concentrate on what they can pull off. Otherwise it just ends up disappointing and being a total rip off for what we pay as customers.

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