Tom and Sergio’s latest conquest
For those of you who’ve been living with your head in the sand, Common Grounds is the latest hipster cafe concept brought to life by two restaurant entrepreneurs, Tom Arnel and Sergio Lopez and is the new buzz place to check in on IG and Facebook.
Welcome to Common Grounds
So we arrived there at about 11.30 am. The place was quite full. We gave our name to the hostess and she had a table ready for us in about five minutes, not long considering the crowd.
The place is decked out with plants everywhere and there’s a great food display which was further whetting our already whetted appetites.
By the time we were ordering it was exactly 11.41. I remember exactly because my guest wanted to order the burger but we were informed that the lunch menu didn’t start until 12pm. I thought that was a little bit tight but we got over it quickly since the breakfast menu is pretty epic.
I ordered the smashed Avo on toast with poached eggs (an extra charge) and my friend went for the Scrambled egg on toast.
Now picture doesn’t do it justice but the Smashed Avo was something else. It came complete with fresh bread, Ricotta cheese, chilli flakes and 2 done-as-I-asked poached eggs.
Initially, with my eyes being much bigger than my belly, I was a bit disappointed with the size of the dish – it looked a bit lonely on the plate. I have since recounted that opinion though as I was nicely full after. The only thing I’d say is the chili flakes were a bit sparse and the Avo smash definitely had some sort of sugar mixed in. Either way it was still a taste explosion.
So the Scrambled eggs were supposed to come with kale, mushrooms, goats cheese and chili flakes. Honestly the kale and mushrooms were more of a garnish rather than a main feature on the plate. They were yum though, the only complaint being there wasn’t enough of them.
To finish us off
After we ordered a Creme Brûlée (to share), a Long Black and an Espresso. According to the hipster Barista with the trendy pony the coffee comes from The Roastery in The Sum Of Us.
Nicely bitter with a smooth aftertaste, I’ve always been a fan of the coffee from The Roastery (watch this space).
The Creme Brûlée was nice, didn’t blow us away and I was slightly disappointed that it wasn’t nice and crisp on top. It did the job though and gave us a nice sugar rush to boost us on in our recovery from Friday night.
It all came to AED 177 which is to be expected these days but honestly on a general level, I think that’s a bit steep. The guts of AED 60 on two eggs and Avocado on a slice of toast? Come on.
Put it this way – it’s grand for a weekend treat but you probably won’t be eating your lunch there everyday.
At the end there was a bit of a mix up with our change- we were shorted about 230 DHS but we said it to one of the staff who cleared up the mistake in no time, no questions asked.