Food Review: Mahota Commune at Lavender | Multi-concept lifestyle cafe, bistro & supermarket hidden in Jalan Besar
The Place Mahota Commune is one of those hidden gems which we thought we might never ever stumble upon. A leisure stroll to kill time one of those days led us to level three of Kitchener Complex along French Road, where the nine months’ old multi-concept store is located. The whole zen-like vibe of Mahota Commune is a stark contrast to the otherwise sleepy neighbourhood mall in Lavender, which comprises of an organic supermart, wellness studio, Mahota Kitchen, Mahota Pantry Cafe and even a TCM clinic. For those who are unfamilair to the area, Kitchener Complex is right beside Lavender MRT station and is within close proximity to other cafes and restaurants in this enclave such as The Refinery, Little Bastard, Antoinette and Red Eye Smokehouse.
You will be surprised to note as well, the owners behind Mahota Commune are also the folks behind the all-familiar neighbourhood supermarket chain, Prime Supermarket.
The Food We decided on brunch at Mahota Pantry, a lovely space with mainly wooden furnishings with green plants around. There is natural light if you are seated towards the end of the cafe, with comfy sofa seats where we wished we never get our butts off.
From our understanding, most of the dishes on the menu are organic, which explains the relatively steep prices if we were to benchmark against other cafes in the vicinity. The brunch menu leans towards the healthier end, where you can expect dishes such as Tofu Egg Benedict, Tofu Scramble and Braised Organic Beef on its brunch menu. Otherwise, there are also pastas and pizzas on the all-day menu.
We tried both the Tofu Scramble and Braised Organic Beef with Coffee Butter.
The Tofu Scramble may not be the prettiest plating we have come across, but it was delicious. The organic Tofu was tossed with roasted pumpkin purée here, a very refreshing combination for me. I initially thought that the ingredients put together are overly-healthy and the overall flavour would be somewhat compromised. Little did I expect myself to enjoy the other elements like the roasted mushrooms, caramelised onions and dehydrated kale chips well.
Likewise, the Braised Organic Beef with Coffee Butter was a hearty albeit a more sinful option. The organic beef stew is served with multi-grain bread, organic greens with balsamic dressing and red wine poached pear. It was overall a very well-balance dish in terms of flavour, texture and nutritional value.
We also had their Latte (S$5) here, and frankly was pleasantly surprised to note that the beans here are organic beans as well.
We also note that Mahota Pantry has recently revamped their menu, and perhaps this calls for a re-visit to this hidden jem soon.
Rants Prices are definitely a notch above the typical cafes in the Jalan Besar and Lavender enclaves, not really for the budget conscious.
Will I Return Again? On the whole, we like the overall wellness concept of Mahota Commune, which breathes new life into the dining scene in this neighbourhood. The space here is very chill, ideal for spending a lazy afternoon. If you are looking for something more than the usual cafe, this is the place.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
809 French Road
Level 3, Kitchener Complex
Tel: +65 6299 6809
Ranted by The Ranter & The Rantee