Last weekend, we visited a relatively new cafe in Johore Bahru as part of our cafe hopping adventure. By no means was this visit to The Replacement a planned one – our initial plans to visit IT Roo Cafe (which is supposed to be famous for their Hainanese style chicken chops) but had to walk away disappointed because they were closed for renovations.
I’m an active Instagram user by most accounts and photographs of this particular cafe, Common Man Coffee Roasters (“Common Man”), have been pipping up the last 2 weekends. To say that my curiosity was not piqued as a result of the sheer number of photographs would be a blatant lie on my part. We are definitely citizens of the online Social Media world.
Common Man Coffee Roasters is the brainchild of Harry Grover (who started 40 Hands in Tiong Bahru some 3 years ago), the Spa Esprit group (Skinny Pizza, Barracks, Tiong Bahru Bakery and others) and Australian coffee roaster, Five Senses. Common Man is quite the new kid on the block, having only opened its doors sometime around the Singapore National Day (9th August) of this year.
Rokeby Road, for many of us who studied in Perth, refers to one particular street in the Subiaco suburb near my university. The street, lined with cafes, restaurants, and retail boutiques on both sides, brings back many memories of my time in Perth. It definitely does not feel like it has been 6 months since I’ve graduated from a place that I’ve called home for close to 2 years.
Anyway, ever since the day that I learnt that a new cafe, Rokeby, has set up shop somewhere along Boundary Road from a friend, I’ve had my mind set on paying it a visit. Last weekend, I decided to make an impromptu trip there, no reservations in tow. As luck would have it, it happened that a table was available, this considering how the cafe pretty much had to reject walk-ins just 10 minutes later. NB: Reservations highly recommended.