Hometown Cafe: Lacks a punch
The biggest factor that works in Hometown Cafe’s favour is its location, just across the road from Juhu Beach. It also helps that for the kind of fare they serve, the prices are more than reasonable and the quantities, quite generous.india Updated: Oct 14, 2011 14:53 IST
What: Hometown Cafe
where: Opposite Juhu Beach, next to Mocha, Juhu Tara Road
What’s on the menu: Malaysian, Continental dishes
Rating: 3 stars
The biggest factor that works in Hometown Cafe’s favour is its location, just across the road from Juhu Beach. It also helps that for the kind of fare they serve, the prices are more than reasonable and the quantities, quite generous.
The menu is mostly rice and noodle based, with Malaysian and Thai dishes, a smattering of sandwiches, pastas, finger foods and a variety of cocktails, mocktails and milkshakes.
We started with the Prawns in Sambal Sauce (Rs. 329), which turned out to be the best dish of the day. The prawns were succulent, well-marinated and cooked. The Honey Lamb Chops (Rs. 269) were a little disappointing, though. The sauce was top-notch, but there was barely any meat, and the meaty bits were slightly overcooked.
To wash down the food, we ordered a cocktail called Zombie (Rs. 300). The flavour of passion fruit, pineapple and orange juice clearly dominated over the three kinds of rum in the drink.
For main course, we went with the Curry Laksa Special (Rs. 149), a steal for its price. The gravy was delicious, but spicy, though some pieces of tofu in it were virtually inedible. The Roast Turkey Sandwich (Rs. 209) on the other hand, was very satisfying. It was filling and had just the right amount of cheese, along with lettuce, tomatoes and a light aioli.
The dessert menu has a mix of exotic and conventional items. We chose the Mango Pudding with Soya Milk (Rs. 99), which unfortunately lacked flavour. It was a disappointing end to an otherwise good meal. Hometown Cafe’s American diner-style interiors are fun, but they could do with a view of the beach. The music is upbeat, and provides a perfect setting for a casual dinner or drink.