Back to Basics at Commune
Even before I went to visit the coffee shop, I was drawn in by a particular section of Commune’s thoughtfully decorated walls. This particular wall is almost always the main attraction of their social media marketing strategies. On a stark white wall, there are three images: two ladies gossiping over coffee, one woman on the phone, and a man thinking to himself, “That COMMUNE drink was good!” In brief, this is the story of what Commune is all about: good coffee, good company, and good conversation.
Inside Commune, located at Salcedo Village
Rosemary Herb Chicken SandwichThe first dish that I was asked to try was their best-selling Rosemary Herb Chicken Sandwich (P295). As a sandwich lover, this particular dish was highly enjoyable for me. All the homegrown ingredients used were fresh, and the delicious sauce ties everything very well. Even the bread itself is a standout in the scheme of things (which is unusual as far as sandwiches go), as it is special malunggay wheat bread. The sandwich also comes with their house salad, which is a sweet treat thanks to the dried mangoes and candied cashews.
Side SaladTrue to modern Pinoy form, their adobo rice meals come wrapped in sweet-smelling banana leaves. Their Pork Adobo (P190) is a wonderful take on a beloved home-cooked dish. It is, in essence, very similar to what you might prepare at home, but makes a solid impact as a bold, flavourful dish, nonetheless. This viand, in particular, goes spectacularly well with the red rice that Commune offers. I also had the Chicken Adobo Sa Gata (P190), a recipe slightly more unfamiliar and a bit more exciting regardless of the subtlety of its flavours. This was served with plain white rice.
Chicken Adobo Sa Gata
Café MochaDue to the continuing popularity of social media, Commune is definitely going to be a place of interest for the months to come. What’s great about this particular coffee shop, though, is that it brings us social media-savvy folk back down to earth by stressing on the importance of the basics. Smartphones are fantastic inventions and all, but it’s always a good idea to step back and take things offline from time to time.