Commune

36 Polaris St. cor. Durban St., Poblacion, Makati, Metro Manila

Commune
4.0
4.0 Stars

172 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 49
  • 4 stars 89
  • 3 stars 26
  • 2 stars 7
  • 1 star 1
  • 199 Reviews
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Category:
Café
Business Hours
Open: 8:00a - 12:00a
Phone
+6322756324

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 11:00a - 7:00p
  • Monday
    • 8:00a - 12:00a
  • Tuesday
    • 8:00a - 12:00a
  • Wednesday
    • 8:00a - 12:00a
  • Thursday
    • 8:00a - 12:00a
  • Friday
    • 8:00a - 12:00a
  • Saturday
    • 8:00a - 12:00a

Payment Options

Cash, MasterCard, Visa

More Business Info

Parking:
Street, Parking Lot
Reservations:
Yes
Take Out:
Yes
Waiter Service:
Yes
Good for Groups:
Yes

Most Recent Reviews

AlwaysHungryPh P.
4.0 Stars
7

The rise of interest in coffee has reached its highest point today. People’s preference and fascination to coffee has continued to upgrade year after year. Thanks to spots like Commune, a third wave coffee stop offering specialized beans and other processes of serving our favorite warm beverage.

Have you heard of the form aeropress or v60? Come and experience the difference of these two from aroma, texture and overall taste.

It was my first time here last week. Thanks to BigDish, I got to do more than sip, I also had a feast of their unique offerings. Commune serves primarily pasta, salads, paninis and rice toppings, on top of coffee and its partner sweets.

For savory dishes my foodie friends and I got to down their Pork Longanissa filled pasta. It also had fresh mushroom, tomatoes in bavette pasta, a narrower version of tagliatelle. I found this a decent grub, could be better with more complex spices maybe.

A classic Grilled Cheese containing 4 types and buttery brioche was something we shared next. This one is comfort food personified, more so if you have love dairy. I suggest having the staff serving it a bit more toasted for a nice crunchy bite.

For my coffee I got bold and dark single blend, 100% arabica via v60, a pour over method. I got some coco sugar to extract more sweetness from its beans. I was able to pair this with Cookie Dough with Reese Peanut Butter Cups cake, a super rich piece of sweet and delicious dessert.

It’s time to commune, to get together and love food together. Experience it here, have a chill. This is located at the heart of Poblacion, Makati.

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Ruth S.
4.0 Stars
3

Avoid the pandesal. Hmm, too simple and overpriced. Best to just stick with the grilled cheese sandwich. One of the best, imo! 💯 The bread is toasted just right making it kind of toasted/crunchy but still soft. The cheesiness is just right as well. 128521 Or try the peanut butter banana w guava jelly sandwich. It's simple yet filling and yummy. Plus you get fresh watermelon on the side! 127817127817

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Patrick V.
3.0 Stars
4

Visited the place after having breakfast at the weekend market with friends. It was my first time to visit Commune so I just ordered a Cappuccino.

The bear was so cute I almost did not want to drink it. Lol. Although the presentation was definitely a winner, the taste was just OK. 9749️ I would probably return to try out their food.

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Charlzz C.
4.0 Stars
3

Great place,nice coffee liked the calamansi muffin subtle and not stingy citrus taste.Love the relaxing feel and industrial chic interiors.Perfect for reading ,relaxing and even daydreaming.

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Ruth S.
4.0 Stars
10

I've been to Commune several times already but it's my first time to try most of the items we had during this visit. Also, it was my first time to see the whole place. The second floor is big and good for small events. Trivia: you can rent the second floor and the rent?? Depends with your budget. And for "artists", you can rent the place for FREE!! Yas!! I really admire how Commune values the community -- how they find ways to help and support the community. Sobrang galing! 💯

Anyway, we ordered a lot and my top 3 favorites are the following:

GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH: Though not how I exactly want my grilled cheese, this was still pretty good. I want my grilled cheese really toasted and crunchy but for it to be like that, you'll have to cook it longer and add a lot of butter which is well, BAD and unhealthy (DAMING ALAM! 🙄🤦🏻‍♀️128123). This is the less sinful version and a good alternative. 128521

I liked the thick but still soft bread. And of course, the gooey melted cheese. The amount was just right - not too little, not too much. The tomato sauce on the side made the sandwich better. Kind of bitin lang because too small. Also, I personally think that I would love this even more if I added hot sauce. 128518 The side pickled carrots/cucumber, though weird at first because why would they add that, helped in removing the umay from the cheese. 128077🏼

CALAMANSI MUFFIN. Ahh so nice to eat something not sweet. I liked this!! 128154

APPLE PIE. I've tried this before and wasn't really impressed but because everybody deserves a second chance, I tried this again and wow, masarap naman pala. Yummier with ice cream. 127822127846

SERVICE: 💯💯💯💯💯

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Unisse C.
5.0 Stars
4

I needed a place to kill some time so I dropped by Commune. I didn't want a strong coffee so I went with their Mocha. It was good for me because it wasn't very sweet.

As for the ambiance of the place, it's a good place to just chill and unwind because of the relaxed vibe. It's clean and bright so it's good to have a book on hand and read while having your coffee. They also have some on the table by the glass window. In my case, I spent the morning making cat coasters.

There was a cat that came out and jumped on the table! It just looked out the window and watched the people passing by. Eventually, one of the baristas came and took it to the back of the shop.

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Clarissa P.
4.0 Stars
9

FINALLY some free time from my werk lyf! Huhuhu

Commune is not new to me. I love their cozy corner in Salcedo before. I was a little underwhelmed when they moved to Poblacion. The Poblacion location has its own charm but it took me a second visit to fully appreciate it. Minimalist was the way they went with this one. Glass walls, unfinished walls and ceiling, crocheted lamp shades hanging over long wooden tables - it's a laid back and well-lit place.

Went here on a Saturday afternoon with the Food Society crew for a food tour. We had a chance to see their barista make their famous 3D Art Latte! From creating the perfect foam to "drawing" the details - it was awesome!

We also paired our coffee cups with some sweets ---

| Cookie Cake Slice - Cookiebar Manila supplies some of the sweet treats here! The Cookie Cake was one genius creation! One huge chocolate chip cookie, filled with peanut butter and topped with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, urgh! It's best served warm and IMO, this is best with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or maybe a warm cup of milk! It's moist, sweet and knock out good!

| Apple Pie a la Mode - probably one of the best that I have tasted, it wasn't too sweet and has a good heaping of apple slices! The crust was buttery and the addition of Vanilla Ice Cream ( Carmen's Best) made it better!

| Calamansi Muffin - IMO, this one's better than those you'll get from Boracay. It was light and soft with a calamansi kick that wasn't overwhelming! The sugar with calamansi peel on top made it interesting providing some more hint of the citrus together with some texture.

The husband got himself one Cookie Shot Glass, which they served warm, and he opted warm milk to go with it. So good! You just have to drink and drink the milk because the Cookie Shot Glass can get soft fast. Tried consuming this in room temp and I would say that the warm version was way better!

I've always wanted to order Cookiebar Manila's Jumbo Cookie with Salt but they always run out fast, I was so glad to finally try it here! It was indeed one jumbo cookie with lots of chocolate! Best when dipped in the warm milk or pair this up with ice cream!

Sweets overload indeed but no regrets at all! My sweet tooth was more than happy! I was even tempted to also get the S'mores Cookie but the hubby begged me not to anymore LOL

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Ruth D.
5.0 Stars

Loved Commune's Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Apple Pie, and Calamansi Muffin!12815510084128154

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Reich T.
5.0 Stars

I've been to numerous restaurants. There were a couple who stood out and there were some who failed miserably. For those who read my (long) reviews, y'all know that i try my hardest to sound constructive. And i am such a fan of second chances.

My first visit at Commune falls under the "just okay" category hence my three star review.

Tonight i am removing them from the aforementioned list. I am adding 'em to the "restaurants worth keep coming to" for a couple of reasons:

I got to know how Commune came to be. Ross (the owner) is really passionate about coffee and wanted to highlight how awesome local coffee is. I am all for Nationalism and supporting local coffee farmers hence this gets huge brownie points in my book

Experience. Dining out is not limited to how good the food is. Other factors need to be considered before one can claim an excellent dining experience.

It is not common for Filipino Diners to interact with the resto owners, let alone the staff. I was once a noob but my perspective changed when i started attending sponsored events. I realized that interaction is essential especially when you want to give your best to the chef or ask questions on how a dish is prepared. And it makes the dining experience special.

We had a grand time at Commune. Ross made us feel that we are part of the "Commune Family"

That Saturday Night is one of those nights that is etched in my memory.

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Ruth S.
2.0 Stars
3

After dinner, we went straight here for coffee and dessert.

Cappucino (120)
Cafe Mocha (140)

Banana Bread (90)
Cookie shot w Carmen's Best ice cream (170)
Chocochip w Seasalt (150)

Carmen's best ice cream, as expected, was good!! The cookie shot and chocochip cookie were both good but too pricey. 128563128563

Service wasn't that great, as well. 128530

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Anna d.
4.0 Stars
2

I liked it.

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EJ D.
4.0 Stars
3

Commune has never disappointed its customers when it comes to its cozy interior! The food still tastes good.. tho, is it just me? Or there's a lil bit of changes? Like the food before tasted better than the ones they have now? Even the coffee?

Nonetheless, i would still give Commune a visit next time around! 9996️️

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Annechile S.
4.0 Stars
2

Late review:

Loved the 3D art in the coffee10084

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EJ B.
4.0 Stars
3

You're so lovely and cute... how can I drink you?

This is not my first time in Commune. The first one was in Salcedo Village, Makati City before. As I enter their new home in Poblacion, Makati City, COMMUNE Bar + Cafe still bright with nice interior but more spacious now. I got one regular size cappuccino for Php120.00. I asked the server if I can customized the design of my order, he replied yes and put some magic words on it.

Cappuccino - 1108811088110881108811088️ 5/5
"I really love the way they did to my cappuccino, as requested they customized the 3D design of it. The temperature of my coffee is also okay, not that hot as expected. The flavor is also good which not too bitter, I can drink it without putting sugar."

#ilovetoeat 12851510084

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AAA M.
5.0 Stars
2

Good & cute coffee on a cool weather is def an awesome night ender for us! Loved the fresh juice too. My only concern here is that when I wanted to order some pastries I noticed it was left without cover for too long and there were some flies around so.. Controlled myself and gave it up. Save me some fats I guess 🤗128523

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Reich T.
3.0 Stars
4

2nd Stop.  #TheUsualSuspects #PoblacionFoodCrawl

After having a sumptuous breakfast at Bean and Yolk,  we decided to swing by Commune.  I've heard about 'em,  i didn't have the time and patience to visit as Polaris Street is foreign to me.  Burgos x Poblacion is hard to navigate as the streets look the same and it's a mix of residential and commercial spaces. 

Commune has gained popularity with their awesome 3D latte art.  I saw a couple of reviews and photos showcasing their expertise.   Personally speaking,  i dont really pay attention to latte art as i am more concerned of the liquid hiding behind the foam.  

Oh well,  i might as well join the hype.  I got a cappuccino, the staff asked for my preferred design.  I blurted out,  Pikachu!  She gave a sly smile and politely said they will try.  I said okay,  if you cant do Pikachu then they can do something else.

| Cappuccino (php 120).  It a bird,  it's a plane...no it's a bear.   Coffee is mediocre which i totally understand.  Nobody is perfect (except for Benedict Cumberbatch).  

| Nachos.  Clarissa P got this for everyone to share.   Aesthetically speaking,  it's not as pretty as the others I've seen.  Commune makes up for the lacklustre appearance with the taste.  The nachos they used us really flavorful,  crispy with the right amount of saltiness. 

| Butterscotch ala Mode (Butterscotch pastry topped with Carmen's Best Salted Caramel Ice Cream).  Our resident sweet tooth got this because dessert is a requirement.  I was the designated hand model for the action shot 128512.   As for the taste,  Jairus d said it is way too sweet.  I was determined to skip this one as the "way too sweet"  description from our Sweet Tooth Fairy scared me.   I took a teeny tiny bite and i went into sugar shock!  He said that they should've used a different ice cream brand in order to create a perfect balance of flavors.  Both the pastry and ice cream is extremely good but when paired together the result is catastrophic.

Service is a bit slow,  servers are too relaxed unlike with the other third wave coffee shops wherein they welcome customers with a warm and friendly smile.  I guess they're too preoccupied with latte art 128512

I'd probably pay them another visit when i am near the area.   Albeit the lack of interaction from the crew,  i like the overall vibe of the place -  very conducive to daydreaming.

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Clarissa P.
3.0 Stars
7

Second stop for our #PoblacionFoodCrawl was Commune Cafe + Bar. Located just a few meters away from Bean & Yolk, this is the location they moved after closing their place in Salcedo Village.

I was one sad gal when the news of Commune Cafe + Bar closing broke out and I highly anticipated it's return else where. I mean, it's previous location was perfect for me! Prime spot in the busy city of Makati, warm lighting, lovely interiors, a space that has shelves and some books - it's a perfect place to unwind after office or a space to get some peace, a place with good coffee and a perfect spot to people watch.

This new space was bigger than the previous with a second floor and a hidden space that's adjacent to their usual dining area. One side had a glass wall that resembled their previous space. This made it possible for lots of natural light to shine through the place. The other stretch of the wall was painted black and served as a canvass for their calendar of events and featured coffee and food. The interiors were minimal and the unfinished looked was too much, at least in my opinion. Bare walls, uncovered ceiling, pipes and wiring exposed though everything was organized and done neatly. Maybe it's still a work in progress, or maybe not. The place was very casual, nothing intimidating. They have this long counter that serves as their display area for their bread and pastries. All tables are made up of wood and are for sharing.

I was quite full when we got here and was pretty satisfied with my coffee from Bean & Yolk. I checked their menu and noticed that it has changed. I looked for something to nibble and found their nachos.

> Nachos for 140Php

I wasn't expecting much from this though. I was surprised that it was actually good! The nacho chips remained crunchy despite being subjected to several minutes of snap snap. Ground beef, pico de gallo and house cheese sauce were the toppings for the nachos. The mix was good and I liked the cheese sauce a lot. I kinda wished though that there was more.

> Cappuccino for 120Php

Commune is known for it's 3D Latte Art. They started this trend and they're really good at it. Reich T. decided to try it out. I must say that their latte art was amazing! This is not the mallow type that's pre-made and ready to be popped on top of your coffee. This art is made with lots of patience and talent. It's pretty amazing I must say.

> Sticky Toffee Pudding for 240Php + Carmen's Best Salted Caramel Ice Cream Scoop for 120Php

Since we were with Jairus d., an order of dessert was inevitable! He scanned through their display and decided to get a Sticky Toffee Pudding topped with a scoop of Salted Caramel Ice Cream. Commune carries Carmen's Best so expect everything a la mode to be a bit expensive.

The pudding slice was thick and super moist! It had dates in it which I'm not a big fan of so it was cloying for me. Jai said it was good though but didn't go well with the salted caramel ice cream. IMO, both were too rich and sweet. They should have paired this with plain vanilla. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the Salted Caramel flavor of Carmen's Best! I'll take it on it's own at any time but then again this pairing is not one for the books.

Overall, the experience was just okay. I would love for their servers to be a bit more warm and welcoming. A bit more friendly and chatty just to check if everything is alright. Not sure if I'll come back here though. It has lost it's appeal to me.

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Ruth S.
3.0 Stars
2

Just a few steps away from Bean and Yolk, next stop was -- COMMUNE. I've been here before already but most of us sill haven't visited this place yet. Commune is known for their oh so cute and pretty 3D Latte Arts. A lot of other coffee shops are also offering drinks with 3D latte arts but Commune, imo, is the best. They surely know how to make their coffees good and oh so pretty! 128077🏼

Cappuccino with a nice 3D latte art for Reich T
An appetizer for everyone to share.
And of course, dessert for Jairus d. 128517128523

Reich initially wanted to ask for a Pikachu 3D latte art but the training is still in progress for our Pokemon masters (a.k.a the baristas 128517) that they can only do their usual 3D arts. Not a problem since the 3D art is still cute and ig-worthy! 128523 It was so cute ayaw na siyang inumin! Haha, masisira kasi! 128517128518

Clarissa P ordered Nachos for everyone to share. I was not expecting anything from the nachos but was surprised that it was actually good. Everyone liked this! Crispy and tasty nacho chips w ground beef, tomatoes, jalapeños and cheese. Would be better if there were more cheese added. 128077🏼

Of course, we can't leave without getting a dessert! 128517 Jai ordered the Butterscotch w Carmen's Best Ice Cream. Moist butter scotch topped with ice cream. Jai enjoyed this because it was EXTREMELY SWEET. Hello, diabetes!! 128563128563 But according to him, the butterscotch and ice cream combo didn't worked that well. Individually, they're good but when together, hindi sila bagay. But still, he enjoyed and finished this one!! 128514128518

The place is really nice and bright. Perfect for big groups since this one is bigger than Bean & Yolk. But also a good nice place for those who would want to study and/or read a book.

Service was just not that good. A bit slow and the servers were not that attentive. Hindi ko naramdaman yung presence nila masyado. 128517

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Jen L.
4.0 Stars

First time in their new location and I love it 10084

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Ruth S.
3.0 Stars
5

I think one reason why a lot of people are going to Commune is to buy and see their 3D latte arts. How can you not want that, right? It's so cute!!! That was my main and only reason for going here before!! 128517 And the very same reason why my two officemates went here with me last week! 128521128513

It's my first time seeing this branch and comparing this to their old store, I like this one better because it's brighter now and simpler? 128518 I like the vibe of the place. Very chill. Not too crowded and noisy, as well. Would just be better if the seats are extra comfy?? But other than that, this is a really nice place to catch up with friends or do serious studying or paperworks! 128521

Since we are only after the 3D art latte, we ordered one Cappuccino. Then a cup of Cafe Mocha. And a cookie shot with carmen's best ice cream, too.

Serving time was a bit long since they need to prepare the coffee then make the latte art. Patience!!! 128513

First served was the Cafe Mocha with the usual latte art. Tried it before lumamig and was surprised that it was actually pretty good. The sweetness from the chocolate and bitterness from the coffee was just right. I enjoyed drinking this drink. 128077🏼 I just don't know how they can at least make the drink hot a bit longer. If that's possible. 128517128513

Then after a few minutes, they served us with the 3D art!!! And it was sooooo cute! 128525128525128525 Ang hirap inumin haha! This was my friend's order and he liked it. The coffee was strong according to him but when he added sugar, masarap na daw. Haha. We are just really after the 3D art!! 128517

Then for dessert, my other officemate ordered the Cookie Shots. You can either have this with milk or with ice cream. Since ice cream is better because duh, ice cream we had that one. They use Carmen's Best ice cream in different flavors. Cookie Shot + Dark Chocolate ice cream, please? It was immediately served and we were all clueless how we are going to eat it.. Hmmm, yup it was hard eating this one plus messy. And there's nothing really special about this. Better to just order an ice cream scoop and a cookie!! 128514

Service was uhm, good then weird. Good because upon entering the place, you'll be greeted by their friendly baristas with a smile, guide you to your table and get your orders. They would even suggest items we should try. They were really friendly at first. But then after serving us with our orders.. They just became weird and snob. 128530

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