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3/5

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.



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.

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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Ali Mansoor

Overpriced mediocre food. Extremely unfriendly staff. Enough said.

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Brian Edelman

Had a pleasant lunch visit here. Staff were friendly and their service was good. Food quality was good too if a little pricey for what it is but I guess you are paying for the decent upkeep of the of restaurant too. It's definitely one of the nicer restaurants to sit in Colombo

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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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Ali Mansoor

Overpriced mediocre food. Extremely unfriendly staff. Enough said.

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Brian Edelman

Had a pleasant lunch visit here. Staff were friendly and their service was good. Food quality was good too if a little pricey for what it is but I guess you are paying for the decent upkeep of the of restaurant too. It's definitely one of the nicer restaurants to sit in Colombo

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1/5

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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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