Pretty nooks and corners always catch my eye, especially if they have a little Parisian thing going about them, and that’s exactly what happened when I was whizzing past Oshiwara and a tiny little cafe with some cutesy decor caught my eye. Back home after a little bit of googling I found out that the name of this place was The Homemade Cafe and the very next day I found myself walking in for dinner there.
Like I have mentioned I completely loved how the place looked and their little waiting area on the pavement too was adorable with two little chairs and a small table with a candle. The interiors too were very nicely done up, if it wasn’t for the view outside one would completely believe that this was set somewhere on the boulevards of St. Germain, Paris!
Now coming to the food, we ordered a Citrus Fruit Salad and Crispy Baby Potatoes in BBQ Sauce to begin with and two bottles of fresh fruit juice (pineapple and sweet lime). Both the salad and the potatoes were outstanding. The portion were good enough for two and it was high on taste as well.
I loved the salad especially, it was so light and the citrus dressing was delightful! I am a sucker for good salads and this one had me wanting more. It had everything from arugula and walnut chikki to feta cheese, pomegranates and fresh oranges with a tasty honey chilly dressing. Just fantastic!
The baby potatoes were quite nice, the sauce was perfect and i loved how the potatoes were crispy on the outside but soft on the inside. It was near perfect! Only advise- if you are actually looking forward to eating the main course here, then you should go easy on the potatoes as they can be quite filling, but let that not stop you from trying this dish out.
Next up was the main course and boy did we order! The array of dishes on the table went something like this; Spaghetti Aglio Olio, Spinach Ricotta Raviolli with Porchini Butter Sauce, Peri Peri Chicken with String Veggies and Pan Seared Rawas with Rosemary Potatoes, Veggies in a Pommery Mustard Sauce.
While all of these dishes were fantastic, my favourite was the Peri Peri Chicken because that had some serious lip-smacking flavour! The meat was cooked wonderfully with the flavour of the sauce quite evident in each bite, the veggies were slightly charred and that lent a delightful flavour to it. The fact that both rice and potatoes were missing from this dish made it super healthy yet delicious. I usually look for either mashed potatoes or buttered rice while eating something like this, but this time I didn’t even feel the need for it. That peri peri sauce was simply fantastic!
Up next were the vegetarian pasta dishes and truth be told while both were quite good, I thoroughly enjoyed the Spinach Ricotta Ravioli with Porchini Butter Sauce. It takes skill to make a good ravioli and the chef here delivered. It was so soft with some flavorful stuffing and that sauce was just sublime. If you ever have to eat something vegetarian here, this is definitely my pick.
Spaghetti Aglio Olio is a simple dish that can still go wrong and I have experienced this at so many places, thankfully it was quite good here. Although I would suggest you try the other dishes here over the aglio olio, simply because they have so many more superior dishes, but if you happen to be an aglio olio lover, then go for it, it will leave you feeling quite satisfied.
The final dish from the main course selection that I tried was the Pan Seared Rawas. First of all I had never had a fillet at a restaurant that was so huge, so full marks on the quantity, although a slightly thinner fillet would have ensured that more of that wonderful pommery mustard flavor seeped into it evenly. The generous bed of rice and potatoes it was served on were equally flavorful and the sauce was spectacular. The fish was skinless (thankfully) and was crispy on the outside and quite tender on the inside. My only suggestion would be to go for two pieces of thinner fillets instead on one chunky piece, That way they wont have to compromise on the quantity and the flavors will be well distributed.
No matter how full you are, dinner never ends without dessert, so having that very positive thought in my head I looked through their dessert options and picked the Cheese Cake Chocolate Brownie. It looked like a pretty regular brownie and tasted quite good too, but I am still wondering where the cheese cake bit of it was. Maybe It was a cheese cake chocolate brownie, but I couldn’t tell the difference between a regular brownie and this one. Nevertheless it was quite delicious so I won’t complain, in fact I may even have it some other time as well!
After a rather filling but extremely satisfactory meal I am sure I will visit this place again, Andheri needed something like this. When food like this can make sure you don’t miss a Friday night beer (they don’t serve alcohol), then you have to give full marks to such a place, so The Homemade Cafe definitely scores a 10 on 10! Try it the next time you are in this part of town and looking for a foodgasm!
Cost for 2: Rs.1500 approx.
Location: Kaveri building, near Oshiwara police station, Oshiwara, Andheri (W), Mumbai