Earlier, I blogged (and raved) about this cafe-bar in Salcedo Village. Here's the link:
But Commune Cafe didn't close shop. Rather, they moved to a new, funkier site. You'd find it at the corner of Polaris and Durban Streets in Poblacion, Makati. Very near Alchemy, Señor Pollo and KITE Kebab Bar in nearby Ebro Street and right across Wang Mart in the same street where you'd find Alba Restaurant and La Tienda.
The vibe remains the same. But we didn't find the same meals offered in the "old" Commune Cafe Bar in Salcedo Village. The coffee is still good and Latte Art rages on in this hipster establishment.
By its lack of menu offerings, I think they just want to grab that niche for post-meal coffee and desserts. But they need to offer more desserts other than cookies . Overall, I still love the place for its amusing 3D latte art.
You know how it feels when you see someplace transform itself? We have visited this place weeks before it opened for business. In those weeks, a self-taught 17 year-old painted on 3 walls of this newbie restobar in Ebro Street in Makati's Poblacion. Easily 6-7 hours daily, painting away to "express herself". I admire the young artist's art, work ethics, and passion. And the same goes for the equally young owner of the business.
Such a pleasure to see these budding artist and determined enterpreneur work at their craft. You could almost touch their passion and drive! Truly a privilege to witness how these 2 transformed a run-down apartment into this restobar with a distinctly mediterranean look.
When KITE finally opened, I was out of the country. You bet I was eager to visit when I got back. We dined here to sample their Mediterranean cuisine. Hummus for starters, then chicken biryani and wagyu cubes on sticks with taboulleh to complete our meal. Our orders were served promptly and the service crew were very friendly. We liked everything we ordered but made a mental note to go back to try the falafel, lamb and other dishes.
If you're here just for picapica and drinks, the front open-air area is ideal to have some beer and mezes. From inside, one looks out through the wide glass windows in airconditioned comfort. The seats are comfortable, and the hanging lights are very creatively crafted.
The murals tie in with the overall ambience. Hip, mediterranean, colorful and lively. The colors cheer you up, snd the quotations on the wall are -- to use today's language --
"Instagrammable". The wide glass windows separating the open-air front area from the airconditioned interior along with the mirrors and lighting added "space" to a very limited area. Even the rest room's bare wall was adorned with a painting done by the young artist.
I was more than pleased with how the entire area has been transformed. We were happy with the meals we ordered. KITE has a relaxing vibe, and for sure, we'd be back sooner than later.