First Look: Common Bond Cafe & Bakery in Montrose
By Marcy de Luna
May 20, 2014
Kugelhopf is the star at Common Bond, the highly anticipated bakery and cafe that officially opened its doors today after a week of soft opening. The sophisticated circular-shaped brioche spiked with fancy fruit brandy-soaked raisins takes an orange blossom bath and dresses up in a lavish sugar coat before it meets its fans. One bite is all it takes to hook you on this addictive, decadently delicious treat. You'll be back time and time again to get your fix.
During the soft opening, the kitchen at Common Bond produced more than 100 of these beauties a day, in addition to several other daily breakfast pastries. And yet these tasty morsels consistently sold out by lunch. Making the magic is executive chef Roy Shvartzapel, named one of Dessert Professionals Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America. Shvartzapel's impressive background includes having worked under renown French pastry chef Pierre Herme. That alone makes Shvartzapel a force to be reckoned with, but his accomplished resume doesn't end there. It also includes stints at such notable restaurants as elBulli in Spain, Bouley Bakery and Balthazar in New York, and Bouchon Bakery in Beverly Hills.
You could get lost in the sea of distinguished culinary pedigrees of Shvartzapel's team, whose loyalty runs deep. All have relocated to Houston to be part of the opening. The staff includes chef de cuisine David Morgan who has worked at the former Cyrus Restaurant in California and at August in New Orleans; executive pastry sous chef Jillian Bartolome, who previously worked at Bouchon and Cyrus; and head bread baker Drew Gimma who counts Bouchon and Per Se in New York as part of his impressive roster.
Common Bond is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 7 AM to midnight. The savory kitchen closes at 3 PM.
Below is a preview of some of the decadent delights that await in Montrose.
1706 Westheimer; 713-529-3535