Restaurant review: Communal Table, Macau - good food and company

Sandwiches, baked potatoes and pizzas the principal fare at this good-value pit stop

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 08 July, 2015, 9:16pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 08 July, 2015, 9:16pm

Communal Table's philosophy says it all. "The idea of Communal Table is simple: a table large enough to share your thoughts, ideas and happiness over coffee and food with friends and strangers. This idea influences our store design and the way we make our coffee and food. We believe good coffee and food taste even better when shared with friends over good conversation."

The interior of the Macau restaurant has a simple and chic industrial design: solid cement floors, wooden tables and all forms of coffee-brewing apparatus. Food and drinks are served on beautiful wooden trays, and service is friendly.

Lunch sets of sandwiches and baked potatoes start at 48 patacas and 62 patacas, respectively. We opted for the roasted beef, mozzarella cheese, honey mustard and lettuce croissant sandwich (54 patacas), for which you have a choice of breads, but we recommend the freshly baked butter croissants. This is served with a lightly dressed salad topped with parmesan cheese. There are vegetarian options, and we had a baked potato with mozzarella, grana padano, brie, sun-dried tomatoes, sweet corn, pesto and balsamico served alongside a lettuce, cucumber salad (62 patacas).

The restaurant makes its own pizza dough, and the waiting time for pizzas is about 15 minutes. Our Communal Table pizza — the bestseller — was topped with tomato sauce, mushroom, mozzarella and Italian Parma ham, and was part of the 98 patacas set that includes a soup of the day; if you order à la carte, the 12-inch Communal Table pizzas are 88 patacas.

The coffees are what many come for, but they also have a menu of non-caffeinated drinks. We recommend the fresh sparkling lemonade with whole lemons for 40 patacas. Finish your meal with a choice of Earl Grey chiffon cake (38 patacas) or Uji matcha chiffon (42 patacas). We tried their new Ice Double Origins Mocha (64 patacas) served with Original Beans chocolate — half the bar was melted into the coffee and the other half served alongside.

Communal Table, 29C Rua Formosa, Macau, tel: +853 6677 9785. Open: 11am-9pm