Hong Kong’s Common Room is where gastronomes and cocktail connoisseurs find common ground. This gastrobar is grounded, indeed, along Wo On Lane in Central, a block up D’Aguilar from Wellington Street – but you can probably find it just by listening out for the buzz of joyous happy hour tipplers and the throb of the house’s Funktion One soundsystem. The long bar area features an impressive liquor library, drawn upon by the resident mixologists to whip up some of the city’s best concoctions. As for the food, it’s tapas style, perfect for sharing, and of gold gourmet standard.
When you hunt down Common Room’s Wo On Lane premises, you’ll be immediately struck by the design of this stellar Central cocktail bar. Fitted out in a rustic and industrial chic style, the main bar area features a ten metre-long glass and cast iron liquor cabinet, a tantalus bejewelled with an arcane selection of boutique spirits. You can warm up one of the expert cocktail masters and order drinks mixed just the way you like them, or surrender to their expertise and allow them to mix you something to suit your mood. If you’re sitting down to share some food, you’ll find yourself at long wooden communal tables – the perfect way to share some gossip and get to know your neighbour. Outside, a terrace decked with reclaimed ship’s wood completes the picture: Common Room is a floating world of good food and drink in the heart of Hong Kong.
Let’s tackle Common Room’s forte, mixology, first. The carefully curated drinks list, while changed up regularly, features contemporary cocktails that are fruity, sweet, and sour, plus two columns of classics and modern inventions. The least fruity of the fruity has to be the Quinine Mary, a variation on the classic G&T with ground rosemary and homemade rosemary syrup – perfect for a hot Hong Kong night. Of the moderns, our pick is the lemongrass caipirinha, which simply blends lemongrass-infused cachaca rum with lemongrass syrup and muddled limes, giving a unique Southeast Asian twist to the Brazilian classic. As for the food, Common Ground’s small plates are divvied up into Earth, Sea, Land, and – your ultimate destination – Heaven. Try the vegetarian kale and pomegranate Caesar salad, the mixed seafood ceviche or the Madison lobster roll, the Wagyu foie gras sliders, and finish on cloud nine with the molecular-gastronomic cryo-fried vanilla ice cream, flambeed with brandy and raspberry sauce. Common Ground’s Central hideaway is creating a lot of buzz, so be sure to book.
Food and services are excellent! Comfy and spacious environment, great place for happy hour and dinner!
I have a big event and am amazed by how efficient the servers were by remembering individual orders and giving us our individual checks. However if the speed of food and drinks are faster, it will be even better! A nice cosy place for evening food and drinks! Definitely will go back again. Quality is good but the portion can be bigger as well!
Very good service. The variety and quality at the antipasto buffet is good too; provided it is at the price of $150 only. Convenient location for people to gather in the centre of Central.
it was okay, food was fine, wine is good; portion is okay. Ordered pork belly, steak bite, flat bread, etc... probably will come again later
Unfortunately the wine selection by the glass is limited and overpriced, as are the bottles. Try their sweet potato fries which are nicely seasoned and despite being deep fried, not dripping in grease, a welcome change! My sole was disappointing as it was served in deep pool of mediocre sauce which overwhelmed the dish and did not make up for the lack of flavour in the fish itself. My companions enjoyed the lobster/pasta offering and the beef. Common Room may be worth another try but I would not make it one of my "go to" dining destinations.
Environment/ Atmosphere/ Food - everything was GREAT. Marks got deducted due to the relative small portion of the dishes which is the only thing that made the food's CP value being lowered. In addition, understanding that the location of the restaurant is near LKF and heaps of restaurants around, staff also stressed on pest controls were done every week, BUT not very pleased to see roaches crawling on the bar when a lady got freaked out and jumped off the high chair. The restaurant should take immediate action on this which is the only thing that hold me back from getting back there for those tasty dishes.
Food was good but service was a bit slow, probably due to the fact that there was a private event going on. Still, it was difficult to get a waiter's attention and when we did the food came slow. The pulled pork poutine was great though, and the servers were friendly if the service itself was a bit slow.
We have 9 people to go for lunch. It was my first time to Common Room. We like the food, service is nice. We will be back. :)
Nice environment and food is good. However, they are very strict on the timing of the booking. So if the booking ends at 8, you got to go at 8.
The lobster rolls cost more than $170 but they were tiny!! The charred eggplant was supposed to taste cheesy but I could taste nothing other than bitterness. And the lobster bisque mac & cheese was not even lukewarm. We were hungry after paying $455 for these, so we decided to check out the burger joint next door...