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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.



It's been a while since we hopped into The Commons for a review, nearly two-ish years. How much has it changed, d'you think?

Food and Service

Round number one (aka Day One) we went for the Sri Lankan menu. Red beef curry, kunisso baduma, and paperthin leanji rottis and egg rottis. They offer individual rottis, as well as a set of two leanji rotti — aka godamba rotti — with an egg rotti and curry of choice. It was good, nice and hot, but the thing is it took like 20 minutes to come and that's a tad too long to wait for regular rotti — add to the fact that it also cost us about 600 bucks, which is ridic. The displayed price is Rs. 520, but taxes are added on to it.

We got ours with beef curry, and I got to admit that the gravy was really flavoursome, tangy, and spicy. Super nice. It reminded me a lot of the beef curries you get at Muslim family gatherings, the ones which aunties make for rotti or for the sawan. Our gripe was with the bits of beef, which were tiny little pieces, half of which were fat.

The kunisso baduma (Rs. 395) was a generous dish, not too spicy and with plenty of finely chopped onion cooked in. It was more of a sambol than a baduma, but went well with our beef and rottis. Also, shoutout to the onion sambol/ chutney like thing, which added a welcome sweet tang to the whole dish.

We ordered a Coffee Float Amazement (Rs. 310) and a Spiced Latte (Rs. 360) as well. The coffee float was meh, pretty much your regular iced-coffee minus the amazement, but the spiced latte (pictured below) packed in subtle yet noticeable undertones of ginger.

On Day Two, we checked out their Chilli Prawn Pasta (Rs. 750) and the Cilantro Beef Burger (Rs. 560).

The Chilli Prawn Pasta surprised us with how good it was — generous doses of flavoursome prawn mixed in a really creamy pasta, which was also fresh off the stove. The heat of chilli wasn't predominant, but we were given the option to add on more dried chilli pieces because the table had a jar full of it. Quite delicious!

Our beef burger, while a superbly constructed burger, didn't have much of the cilantro or any other herbs mentioned in the brief. The patty was flavoursome though, featuring good quality meat, and fresh, soft bread. It was also very, very filling.

The waitstaff were attentive, and the lady behind the counter as friendly and cheerful as ever. In terms of speed, food arrives abominably slow, so your hunger's abated by that time.

Ambience

Spacious, with a a private-ish dining area and plenty of outdoor space, Commons is tastefully and well furnished. There's an upbeat, bright, yet relaxed atmosphere, and it's ideal for meeting up with a group of friends.

Conclusion

Their food is good, but rather pricey. We loved the pasta, but PSA if you're checking out the rottis: you can honestly get the same stuff for a fraction of the price at an actual rotti kadey. I've tried their coffees a few times, and it's not spectacular. If you're heading here for the coffee, don't. If you're heading here for food and a cool place to hang out, do.

 


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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1/5

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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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