Located a few blocks away from the corner of Pasong Tamo and Magallanes MRT station, YDG isn't exactly the sort of place that jumps out at you. To find it, you have to find the Roche Bobois building, walk through a narrow strip to the left of said building, and look for the "YDG Coffee" sign in front of the Basil Makati office.
Still, if you're craving for a cup of Joe amidst the punishing Makati traffic, YDG Coffee is where it's at. After all, YDG stands for "Your Daily Grind," which is most likely a pun on how coffee is made, as well as the figurative meaning of the term. Basically, if you want to get through YDG (see what we did there?), this is the place to check out.
Of course, as is usual with our reviews, the first thing we want to know is: Does the café live up to its name? Well, that's what we're here to find out.
As The Booky Report noted, YDG opened just last April 2016. It also has an overall hipster vibe, with its monochromatic interiors and wooden panels that make it the perfect background for Instagram pics.
However, YDG might be a little tiny for some people's tastes. At most, the place can probably accommodate around six to eight people. Then again, YDG seems designed to cater to busy professionals who can spare only a few minutes in the café, so the lack of room makes sense in that context.
So far, YDG only has a handful of menu items. By hipster café standards, their prices are pretty reasonable: For example, the Iced White and Ham & Basil sandwich each cost Php150.
As for the Ham & Basil sandwich, it was good too. The bread was crispy but not tough, and the ham tasted fresh. Also, the tiny wooden tray was a nice touch.
If you're going to look up their menu online, however, you might be disappointed: As of this writing, they don't have it uploaded anywhere on the Internet. The only way to know what they offer is to visit the place yourself. Still worth the trip, though!
What really makes YDG stand out is the service. At the time of our visit, Miguel (one of the owners) was the only one manning the place. But that never stopped him from doing his best to make customers feel comfortable.
Aside from sharing tidbits about how the café started, Miguel also talked to us as though we've known each other for a long time. Granted, it's SOP for café owners and employees to be friendly, but Miguel was pretty friendly even by café standards. We imagine that's another reason YDG has limited seats: So the owners can offer a more personalized experience for each customer.
Also, if you ask Miguel and his co-owners about coffee, they'll totally bowl you over with their knowledge of it. You can tell that they put up the business not just for the sake of having a business, but also because they're just that passionate about coffee. And it shows!
Of course, Miguel didn't forget to ask us how our orders were, and tell us something along the lines of "if you come by this area next time, be sure to pay us a visit." Considering our experience, we'll be sure to do just that!
Overall, YDG Coffee has a lot of potential. Yes, it's a little out of the way, and yes, looking for it feels like looking for the leprechaun's pot of gold, as one reviewer put it. But once you find it, it's worth indulging in that pot of gold. Hopefully, they'll do well enough to expand and become more accessible to those in the CBD!
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Address: 2100 Pasong Tamo ext. ID Center, Makati City
Opening Hours: 8:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M. (Monday – Friday), 10:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M. (Saturday)
Mobile Number(s): (+63) 917-550-7207