Monday, March 6, 2017

Coffee In Common @ Common Ground, Damansara Heights

Business & pleasure make a marvellous match at Coffee In Common, the resident cafe of the ravishing new Common Ground communal work space, where members & walk-in customers can savour a sprawling view of Damansara Heights & beyond from a sixteenth-floor, 1,600-square-metre penthouse that strives to channel the spirit of mid-century Scandinavian interiors.

 While the sheen of this venue's accomplished aesthetics will turn Coffee In Common into a magnet for shutterbugs, the food & beverages rise on their own merit, propelled by polished industry talents. Noted chef Nik Michael Imran has crafted a menu that confidently caters to multiple preferences, with the smoked duck soba (RM17), nasi lemak with sambal sotong (RM13) & mushroom pesto lasagna (RM15) hitting pleasurable notes for flavour & freshness, well-executed enough to belong in the repertoire of respectable Japanese, Malaysian & Italian eateries. And with the League Of Captains cafe's friendly barista-founder Danial Naim currently in charge of the coffee here, you know you'll receive a commanding flat white (RM11) that'll fuel you for a few more hours at the laptop - all work & no piccolo lattes make us deranged boys & girls.

The cafe is open to the public (simply register at security first), but to explore the entirety of Common Grounds' facilities, including shared workspaces, reserved desks & private offices (some with a view of the Petronas Twin Towers), plus meeting rooms & a complete infrastructure to support freelancers & independent businesses, make an appointment for a tour (check out commonground.work for information). We're fans of the spacious set-up, relaxed enough to keep stress & claustrophobia at bay, while striking the right balance of calm professionalism & freewheeling creativity to reinvigorate our productive juices.

Coffee In Common
CommonGround.work, Penthouse 16-1, Level 16, Wisma UOA II, Changkat Semantan, Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur. 
Cafe opens Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm.

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10 comments:

  1. I love this whole place for their trendy and cool design concept. The food prices are so affordable when we could enjoy fabulous & priceless scenic views for FREE! I think I could inhale the chi from YTL's metal UFO house somewhere below. LOLOL
    I will bring my gang over for sure! Kam Siah brother.

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    1. Twilight Man: yay! hopefully you all enjoy your visit here - order the smoked duck soba and some coffee! :D

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  2. Interesting. Everyone was so engrossed in what they were doing.

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    1. Suituapui: everyone was busy working! :)

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  3. Haha, this place looks like a office and library LOL

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, i actually wouldn't mind working in this space :)

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  4. Nice place for work, the nasi lemak and coffee look good too!

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    1. CK: if i ever do work here, i'll invite you to come over for some coffee :D

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  5. I've visited this place today.It's a good place to work and relax and also perfect for meetings and discussions. People who are visiting this place seems to be very decent and professionals. Basically, everyone minds their own business. Their Smoked Chicken Soba and Mushroom Pesto Lasagna was tasty. RM5 for all types coffee, including chocolate every Fridays. Next, i'm going for the nasi lemak sotong :)

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  6. Hundreds of cafes, thousands of recipe websites, millions of cooking videos and all chef Nik Michael Imran could come up with was "smoked duck", "nasi lemak" and "pesto lasagna". Perhaps a little insight why did "chef" Nik's own outlet in Publika closed down after years of struggle and unsuccessful run.

    Being fairly disappointed with his earlier menu, his name alone is a red flag not to set the expectation bar too high, and only reinforced by such boring, unoriginal and not confidence-inspiring items, as listed above. Top that with the cafe's name. We have witnessed recently the sudden birth of "COMMON" with the arrival of famous Singapore cafe, Common Man Coffee Roaster. First there was Common Craftsmen, now we have Coffee In Common.

    If you lack the basic creativity to come up with an original name to create your own and unique identity, I can only imagine the same attitude apply to every other aspect of the business, which is well reflected in the menu above.

    Thanks for the review, I will however skip this outlet over, and look for another future review, perhaps an outlet far more interesting, and hopefully with something new for a change.

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