I arrived promptly at Uncommon right at 7 am for an early breakfast, hoping to sit and order straight away, after waiting outside for 15 minutes and wondering if I should leave they finally opened the large gates and let us through into what looked like a garden of minimalist dreams. White walls, marbled flour, black tables and chairs and lots of large green plants.
I ordered coffee straight away in the hope that I could ward off frostbite from standing in the freezing cold for so long. The coffee came and was like a warm hug, served in a beautiful marble cup, the thing I wasn’t so crash hot about (do people still say this?) was the silver tray it was served on? I don’t understand it.
On the menu, it says “healthy food made interesting” for the team at Uncommon healthy food is food that is sustainable and organic – that’s something I can get behind.
I opted for the big breakfast which came with salted organic bacon, eggs, potato hash, mushrooms, superfood salad, sausage and house-made ketchup. Also ordered was the uncommon Benedict – cornbread, pressed ham hock, smoked paprika hollandaise, apple and poached eggs.
Being the only customers sitting in I thought our food would come out super fast, instead, it took about 45 minutes. We were given a free coffee for our troubles, but there shouldn’t have been any in the first place.
I was interested to see how different organic bacon tasted to regular bacon for all those wondering there isn’t any. Poached eggs are difficult to eat without bread, where is all that golden yolk meant to go? The mushrooms had a nice barbequed flavour to them and were probably the best thing on the plate, the superfood salad tasted like avocado and the potato hash was deep fried over-salted potato clump. Overall an underwhelming and over salted dish.
I enjoyed the addition of cornbread, I thought it gave the dish a different taste and texture although not very stable. The ham hock was a little bit chewy and gristly but the addition of shredded apple brighten everything up.
Other than wishing that my office looked liked Uncommon, nothing really excited me and got my heart racing. I will more than likely never return.