For visitors and residents alike, one of biggest draws of the Joo Chiat-Katong heritage neighbourhood is the vast array of dining options. The Communal Place is a new restaurant which can burnish the neighbourhood’s reputation as one of the best dining destinations in Singapore. Located near the Joo Chiat Road-East Coast Road junction, The Communal Place is a trendy cafe, a casual diner and a bar rolled into one.
The Communal Place in Joo Chiat
The Communal Place took over the space previously occupied by Fatboy’s The Burger Bar (Katong). It is located in a row of shophouses next to MOX – a new co-working space for creatives. The Communal Place announces itself with a large signboard with the tagline “Food Drink Gossip“. A goal of the founders of the new restaurant is to create an environment where families and friends can eat and drink together without eyes being fixated on those tiny handheld screens. Good food, some alcohol plus juicy gossip should certainly help to keep people engaged in lively face to face conversations.
The new restaurant in Joo Chiat has the typical industrial-style cafe interior. Stuffed toys on a few of the tables add a whimsical touch – or they can be dining companions in case you are alone. The place is quite large and tables are well spaced out.
Communal Place Menu
The food menu of The Communal Place offers the typical cafe fare – burgers, pastas and a few mains. There is a brunch menu for weekends. Below are photos of the All Day Menu and the Weekend Brunch Menu.
Dinner at The Communal Place
We were at The Communal Place for dinner and ordered the Pulled Pork Burger ($15) and the Beef Cheek Ragu ($15). GST and service charge would be added to the bill. The wait for the food was quite short.
The Pulled Pork Burger was served with thick cut fries and a fairly generous portion of salad. Slow cooked for hours and well marinated in spices, the pulled pork was juicy and delicious. The combination of the tender pork, coleslaw and jalapeno worked well to produce a very good and enjoyable rendition of a Pulled Pork Burger.
Topped with cheese shavings and a poached egg, the Beef Cheek Ragu looked interesting and attractive. The tender falling apart chunks of beef cheek and the tomato and wine sauce had delightful flavours. However, when the runny egg yolk was mixed with the pasta, the dish felt lukewarm and a little mushy. Overall, the dish was nice but the sous vide egg did not work for us.
We did not try their desserts but was told that the super fluffy Pancake Tower was very good. The Communal Place has a long drink list. We tried one of their mocktails ($8 per glass) which was a fizzy refreshing thirst quencher.
Nice Neighbourhood Restaurant
On the whole we quite like The Communal Place in Joo Chiat. It is a nice neighbourhood restaurant for a simple meal with the family or with a group of friends. The staff are friendly and efficient and the prices are reasonable. We will likely return to The Communal Place for more Food and Drink – and maybe some riveting Gossip.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
The Communal Place
465 Joo Chiat Road
Tel: +65 62823359
Tue-Thu: 11 am to 10.30 pm
Fri & Sat: 11 am to 11 pm
Sun: 11 am to 10.30 pm
brunch on weekends and public holidays: 11 am to 3 pm
Closed on Mondays
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