But the location was no coincidence: The CMCR and YM teams knew each other well – from Tiong Bahru, home of Harry’s original Singapore cafe, 40 Hands. “The same faces popped up each morning for coffee before or after yoga class,” recalls Harry, who notes that many of his staff members took an early morning Yoga Movement class as well.
Not surprisingly, he says, it just made “common sense” to open his latest Common Man achievement, Grounded by CMCR, in the leafy, al fresco wrap-around of Yoga Movement. Designed with everyone in mind, both businesses aim to be approachable, never boring.
Though Grounded’s chilled-out lounge spaces are a popular spot for yoga-goers, the stylish hideaway is open to all – and an ideal place to catch up with friends.
It serves the same sought-after coffee specialties as CMCR with a slightly more adventurous menu – wholesome, creative meals that are light enough to eat after a yoga sesh, but delicious enough to crave sans workout.
“Whilst there may be a bit of kale thrown in, it’ll be metered with a healthy dose of burgers, parfaits and beer,” Harry jokes. Case in point, the menu ranges from the Balance Burger with folded organic eggs, streaky bacon and, yes, kale ($17) to Matcha Pancakes with dragon fruit jam ($16) and a Ground n’ Go smoothie, which uses stronger, naturally sweeter cold-brew coffee.
From The Finder (Issue 281), April 2017
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