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COM­MON MAN COF­FEE ROAST­ERS’ SEC­OND CAFE

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Com­mon Man Cof­fee Roast­ers’ sec­ond cafe in Sin­ga­pore.

Af­ter read­ing an ar­ti­cle on one of the last milk bars in Aus­tralia, the founder of Com­mon Man Cof­fee Roast­ers, Harry Grover, passed it on to the Asy­lum de­sign team for in­spi­ra­tion. These deli-like stores were pop­u­lar in the 1920s, and sold daily essentials like news­pa­pers, sand­wiches and shakes to a sub­ur­ban crowd in a glam­orous Art Deco space. It was both so­phis­ti­cated and invit­ing, an at­mos­phere recre­ated in the sec­ond Com­mon Man cafe, Com­mon Man Stan.

Lo­cated on Stan­ley Street, Sin­ga­pore, Com­mon Man Stan is fast be­com­ing a stylish break­fast and lunch spot for the busy bees of the CBD. Sub­tle Art Deco el­e­ments such as geo­met­ric in­store graphics, brass-hued trims and arched shelves fill the space, while grey ter­razzo floors and neon signs spell a more downto-earth at­mos­phere. Diner booths up­hol­stered in muted flora and fauna prints and a long com­mu­nal ta­ble also en­cour­age get-to­geth­ers.

“Harry wanted a light-hearted yet so­phis­ti­cated din­ing am­bi­ence. An Aus­tralian milk bar is typ­i­cally decked out in mar­ble coun­ter­tops, so we used brass and stone fin­ishes to cre­ate a lux­u­ri­ous look and – in­spired by the sur­round­ing lo­ca­tion – rat­tan weav­ing for a lo­cal touch,” shares the Asy­lum team.

On the menu are crowd favourites from its first cafe on Martin Road, as well as new dishes; the Beef Rib­eye Jungle Curry was in­spired by a pop­u­lar fish head curry store around the cor­ner, and the Hal­loumi, Zuc­chini and Herb Frit­ters are so good it has been added to the Martin Road cafe menu as well. There is now also a longer wine list, and nitro cold brew and craft beer avail­able on tap.

Cafe-go­ers should check out the re­tail section, too. Com­mon Man Stan is now sell­ing Sol Cups, which are hand blown, re­us­able glass cups that make your cof­fee ad­dic­tion more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly. They re­tail at $35 (RM105) each, with your first cof­fee on the house.

CHECK OUT COM­MON MAN STAN AT 11 STAN­LEY ST, SIN­GA­PORE

R I G H T Harry adorned the cafe walls with art from his own col­lec­tion, as well as some pur­chased on­line.

BE­LOW RIGHT Every space is im­mac­u­lately de­signed, in­clud­ing the loo!

BE­LOW LEFT The freshly pressed juices in Com­mon Man Stan re­tail for $8 (RM24). The cof­fee menu in­cludes fast, slow and nitro cold brews, and the usual sus­pects like flat whites and mochas.

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