Formerly located at the Liberty Plaza (along H. V. Dela Costa Street), the café has since moved to the corner of Polaris and Durban Streets in Barangay Poblacion. It doesn't have a flashing neon sign indicating its location, though, so you'll have to ask around.
In case the people you ask don't know where the "Commune Café" is, ask them where the "Wang Mart" grocery store and the "Alba" restaurant are. If you see a white building with red grills beside Alba and in front of Wang Mart, you're at the right place.
Once you're inside, you should be able to see something like this:
It's not just a venue for idle chitchat, though. For avid readers who need a place to retreat from the hectic Makati life, Commune Café offers a varied selection of books and magazines to peruse while waiting for your order. (Warning: You might love the reading materials so much, you'll forget you're outside your tome-filled home!)
At Php95, the Hazelnut Chocolate & Banana Sandwich is exactly what it sounds like, as shown below:
Regardless, it was a good sandwich. As a sweet meal, it complemented the slightly-bitter flavor of the iced mocha perfectly. In the future, however, this writer will order a different meal. After all, aside from coffee and beverages, the menu also has rice meals like pork adobo with salted egg and tomatoes.
And now, let's talk about the iced mocha, which came with a Php145 price tag.
Anyway, the mocha's taste wasn't what you'd call "mind-blowing" either. You can switch it with similar beverages from other cafés, and you wouldn't know the difference. Still, it's a nice drink if you're looking for a pick-me-up after a hot, tiring day. That's especially true as of this writing, and possibly until February 2016, since the El Niño phenomenon will be in full force.
What really sets apart Commune Café, however, is the service. Whereas other cafés require you to pick up your orders at the counter, Commune has friendly servers ready to cater to your every whim.
This writer, for instance, received both her orders within 10 to 15 minutes of each other. (Granted, the place wasn't exactly brimming with people on the Saturday afternoon she visited, so that might have played a part.) Also, she always got her glass of water refilled, even if she didn't explicitly ask for it. Certainly, the helpful Filipino spirit is strong in this place.
And the service doesn't stop at the table. When the writer was about to ask for directions to the comfort room (CR), one of the servers gestured at a white door (to the left side of the entrance). The CR was small, to be sure, but it was clean and well-stocked with toilet paper and soap, so that made up for the size.
Because of these reasons, the writer left an additional tip, on top of the 10 percent service charge already indicated on the official receipt. After all, quality service is priceless!
Fortunately for café aficionados, Commune Café has a website, where you can find their offerings, book events and reserve tables, among other things. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
As of this writing, the café is open from 12 P.M. to 10 P.M. every day of the week. The establishment accepts both cash and credit cards, is air-conditioned and offers Wi-Fi connection for those who need it.
Overall, Commune Café is a place you'd want to return to again and again. Even though the location can be rather inconvenient for those from the Central Business District, don't let that deter you. You never know what surprises await you when you venture out of your comfort zone.