Common Chefs Cafe @ 8 Jln Legundi

Sneaking into the local café scene is 6-month old Common Chefs – an unassuming café located right below Victory 8 Condominium along 8 Jalan Lengundi. This hidden gem offers a delectable selection of Western classics ranging from grilled beef burgers to chicken and waffles to make up for that 15-minute walk from Sembawang MRT.

Although the layout and decor of the space is modest, Instagrammers and fellow foodies would be enthralled by the seats near the glass windows for that Instagram-worthy shot amidst the natural lighting. Those simply seeking a cuppa to relax and let loose on the other hand, would prefer to sit beneath the warm downlights to enjoy the cozy atmosphere. We came here twice in a span of two months and got to sample a number of items on their rather concise menu.

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The café’s signature Truffle Tater Tots $12 was certainly a dish to rave about. Crispy potato nuggets deep fried till golden brown before being tossed in fragrant truffle oil and served with generous shavings of aged Parmesan. Despite its slightly greasy appearance, we were centrally charmed by the warm potato puffs encased within its crispy outer shell.

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For something thicker, meatier and juicer, the café has got you covered with an explosive range of flame-grilled burgers! The Boss ($19 for Beef/$18 for Chicken) was literally the big daddy of all their other burgers which showcased a jam-packed layer of flavoursome ingredients – sautéed mushrooms, grilled beef patty, sharp cheddar, fried egg, pickles, bacon and caramelized onions – to create an umami explosion in every bite. The best part was of course the succulent double-layer beef patty packed so snugly between two well-toasted brioche buns.

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Not feeling the indulgence, or wanting something less sinful? Go for the Play Boy $15 with equally satisfying flavours disguised in a single patty protein package. Its construction displays a harmonious balance of fresh tomatoes, crispy mesclun salad, grilled beef patty, sharp cheddar, bacon and caramelized onions, alongside a generous serving of fries!

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If you are not too keen on fried potatoes, the Onion Rings $7 would make a great sharing alternative. Each piece of the ring had been coated in a light, airy batter prior to being thrown into the deep fryer. The result was a basket of piping hot crispy goodness that had us fighting for the last piece.

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Southern food is definitely a must for us and it took us no time to agree on ordering the Soul Food $12. This southern classic featured two of our favourite items – waffles that were crispy on the outside with a delightful cakey interior, as well as a generous slab of Cajun spiced fried chicken. With a drizzle of maple magic, coupled by a knob of butter, this was easily the best dish of the day.

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It would not be right leaving without trying the café’s highly recommended D-I-Y Dessert Waffle. The table of ladies next to us even ordered a waffle each! Since we had food envy, we too could not resist ordering a charcoal waffle topped with two scoops of gelato – Milo and Nougat – accompanied by lashings of caramel sauce. While the dessert was no doubt pretty, the flavour of the gelato did not quite come through for us and the waffle, was unfortunately somewhat mediocre.

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On the whole, the experience at Common Chefs had certainly surpassed our expectations given the quality of food and affordable prices. While the location might be a slight inconvenience, we reckon that this cafe is a must visit for our friends living in the North part of Singapore!

8 Jalan Legundi
#01-13 Singapore 759274

Opening hrs:
Tuesday to Friday: 12pm to 10pm
Saturday to Sunday: 11.30am to 10.30pm
Closed on Mondays

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Words and Photography by Kenneth Lim (@exasperatedmilk)
The writer is an avid tea drinker who enjoys slicing cakes with his golden fork. 

Singapore

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