Commons has been around for a while now. Located on the lovely Flower Road, the house turned coffee shop is a pleasant enough place to sit down for a coffee or dessert. They've got a leafy, sun dappled garden at the back if you like dining alfresco - or just want a smoke - and there's comfy bean bags and large sofas inside to faciliate your chilling.
But while Commons is aesthetically pleasant, we're not so sure about the food. It's expensive, and really not good enough to warrant such high prices. We ordered a cheese veg kottu (Rs. 350 - Rs. 431 with tax), spicy lamb burger (Rs. 510 - Rs. 628 with tax), hot garlic sausage rotti (Rs. 310) and a lime and mint frappe (Rs. 300) both of which came to Rs. 751 with tax. That's pricy for a small square of rotti with just sausage and sauce. And it really wasn't very good - the rotti was hard and the sausage too sweet. Didn't enjoy it at all. Our friends' meals were okay. Not bad, but distinctly average.
The lime and mint frappe, however, is exceptional. This is one of the best drinks I've had - and I would actually go back for it. It's the most refreshing thing you could have on a hot day - we definitely recommend.
The menu is extensive - they've got a huge variety of burgers and also a rotti stand that does sweet and savoury rottis and kottu. There's lots of coffees, frappes, and desserts (remember these being quite good but haven't had one recently - has anyone else?) and the food ranges from soups to waffles to pastas - so you've got alot to choose from.
Commons also serves breakfast from 7.30 to 11 on weekedays, 9 to 11 on Saturdays and all day on Sundays. We tried the three egg cheese omelette with bacon (Rs. 350) once. Again this comes to alot with tax, but it wasn't bad. Quite oily though so don't expect to feel bright and healthy afterwards. The cheesy eggs were good, but the bacon wasn't really bacon - I think it was a processed slice of ham. Where can we get some good bacon in Colombo, seriously? Please please tell us if you know. The stuff at Keells is generally full of fat. We want something that looks like this
Anyway, returning to Commons, the food is okay, but it's not great. It wouldn't matter so much if it was cheaper, but if you're paying those prices you want something that makes you go wow, this is really
good. I think Commons used to be better. I always go there remembering one halcyon day when I had a great chilli prawn pasta, but I'm frequently disappointed.
And it's a really expensive way to be disappointed.
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.