I must confess that Makati is not one of my favorite places in the Metro because of the traffic and long lines everywhere! But despite the city's hustle and bustle, we can actually find some refreshing dining places in the area.
A few blocks from the end-most part of Ayala Avenue, you can find Galli Village Cafe Makati which is an unpretentious, cozy and rustic restaurant. It sits right across the Shrine of the Scared Heart church and, thus, is frequented by many churchgoers and neighbors of the place who have become somewhat a part of the cafe's family.Its concept is inspired of small villages found in Europe, Asia and American countries which are actually displayed at the cafe's walls.
The restaurant offers good food at a reasonable price across its two branches - Makati City and Quezon City. Their specialty of the house is Paella Valenciana is always guaranteed to be freshly cooked, which may take longer than your usual paella order, and which also claims to have more special preparation from other restaurants since cooking of rice and its sauce happens altogether. Their Paella Valenciana is priced at Php 255 per serving which is good for 2-3 persons already. Other must try dishes are Beef Salpicao, Shrimp Gambas, Angus Beef Tapa, Fish Tofu in Tausi Sauce, Lengua con Seta, Beef Adobado, Pasta Puttanesca and Spaghetti Bolognese.
The place maybe simple and small but it has character that you could not simply forget. It also offers al-fresco dining right outside the cafe. And who wouldn't want to try freshly baked or cooked dishes from the metro where everybody else is eating fast food! With its ambiance and food, you'd almost forget that you are just a stone's throw away from the busy streets of Makati.
Galli Village Cafe's Makati branch is located in the YMCA Building, Sacred Heart Street, San Antonio Village, Makati City which serves daily from 7am to 8:30pm. The other branch which is in Quezon City can be found at #154 Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City which is open daily from 10am-2pm and 5pm-10pm.
How to get there via commute?
From Ayala MRT Station, take a jeep that will take you to the end-most part of Ayala Avenue. Alight near the Makati Central Police Headquarters and walk at the Kamagong Street until you've reached the second block or Sacred Heart Street where you can already see the Sacred Heart Church/YMCA Bldg.
For those bringing their private vehicle, they do accommodate ample space for parking :)
For reservations or to know more about Galli Village Cafe, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 09329717250/(02) 434 6716.