Who would have thought a quiet and cozy retreat from the busy streets of the Makati Central Business District exists and located only a stone’s throw away from Ayala Avenue? Galli Village Cafe is one well-kept foodie secret, and today, I’m sharing what I’ve uncovered about this obscure Spanish restaurant in Makati.
Galli Village Cafe is a rustic Spanish restaurant whose ambiance is akin to that of a home, and the dining experience is much like enjoying a Sunday meal with family. It’s very cozy and warm, but the place can only seat very few inside. What makes Galli Village Cafe stand out from other restaurants in the area is the al fresco area where diners lounge after a heavy meal. For those not visiting the cafe on foot, there’s ample parking space for guests.
We started our meal with their house specialty, the Paella Valenciana. For vegetarians, they have the Paella Verdura, and for seafood lovers, they offer Paella Marinara for an additional PHp 45. I found their Paella a little dry for my taste, but was overjoyed with the fact that it was very inexpensive.
The Shrimp Gambas was a treat to eat, but I would have loved it more if they made it spicy.
The Tune Salpicao mixed with garlic butter tasted so good! If you don’t mind some extra butter on your diet, this one’s for you.
Galli Village Cafe’s Pork with Raisin Sauce is definitely a must-try! I’ve never tasted anything like this, especially a raisin sauce. It was sweet, and like most things sweet, it captured my taste buds.
The Beef Salpicao was full of flavor much like its seafood counterpart. The meat and vegetables were cooked tender, and this dish, served with a steaming hot cup of rice, would make your day.
It’s actually my first time to taste an ox’s tongue! And while I’m jumping at the idea, some of my bloggers friends who were with me wouldn’t get anywhere near it, let alone taste it. The ox tongue was very tasty, and made even tastier with the mushrooms and butter in the dish. And guess what, Galli Village Cafe’s very own Chef Linda shared the recipe of the Lengua con Setas to the world when she appeared in Sarap Diva. You can watch her cooking demo here with Regine Velasquez and Lani Misalucha: (Warning: time and patience required to tenderized the ox tongue, but if you can commit that, then it’s all worth it!)
How to Cook Lengua con Setas: a Recipe by Galli Cafe Village Chef Linda Aznar
The Angus Beef Tapa marked another first for me, and this was a welcomed one! This is something I can see myself ordering for breakfast another time, since Galli Village Cafe opens at 7 in the morning. I can imagine the church goers love ordering this after their morning mass on Sundays <3
I think that Leche Flan is a Filipino dessert? And like Galli Village Cafe’s other desserts including the Ube Yam, Halo-halo, and Ice cream, none are Spanish in origin. But if it tastes great, who’s complaining? Their version of the Leche Flan is not unusual, but I felt so bitin with the small serving. Remind me next time to order the Large size to eat by myself. :P
For drinks, they serve Fresh Fruit Shake (which they didn’t have that time we were there), Sparkling Lemonade, and Iced Tea. And if you’re looking for a place where you can enjoy wine to complement all these delicious Spanish dishes, they offer Wine by the glass for Php 125.
Galli Village Cafe is unpretentious and straightforward. Their meals are priced affordably and promises good value for money. Not to mention, the place easily makes you feel at home and enjoying the comfort of a good home-cooked meal. No wonder people flock to retreat to a place like this, amidst the hustle and bustle of Makati. Price Range: Php 150-250
Galli Village Café Makati Open Daily from , 7:00 AM – 8:30 PM Ground Floor of The YMCA Hotel (in front of National Shrine of Sacred Heart Church) 7 Sacred Heart St., San Antonio Village, Makati City Contact 0932 971 7250 for reservations or advance orders
Galli Village Café Quezon City Open Daily from 10 AM – 2 PM and 5 PM to 10 PM #154 Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City Contact (02) 434 6716 for reservations or advance orders