Friday, 20 December 2013

Home & Away - Cafe. Bar. Pool @ Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur

If you are looking for a bar cum cafe which serves excellent Tamil food and relatively cheap beers, then Home & Away is the place to be in. Located in Desa Sri Hartamas, this is a neighbourhood bar that is a great place to hang out with friends. Besides the great food, the environment is also very safe and comfortable and they even have a pool table for those who are interested. This is my third visit to this place and it has somewhat become my favourite joint. The last two visits were with my workmates and this time, it is with family.


Tiger Beer Promotion - 15 Beers @ RM 122.50

Family Time
This bar has a mixed crowd of both expatriates and locals. It is a open concept bar and as such, customers can opt to sit either inside or outside along the corridor. The staffs here are friendly and attend to customers needs fairly quickly. They have a number of draught beers besides the bottled ones and also have a wide range of liqueurs and cocktails. We decided to have Tiger Beer and went for the package that is 15 beers priced at RM 122.50 which is a very good deal in this part of the city. 

The food menu is typically covering a wide range of Tamil dishes with the exception of a few Western dishes like Chicken and Lamb Chops. Spicy food and beers are definitely an excellent combination and we decided to stick to trying out their Tamil food. I have tried them before and have found them to be really good and hence wanted my family to get a chance to try it too. 

Mutton Varuval @ RM 14.10

Comes with 3 Slices of Bread
An excellently prepared dish. The mutton chunks were very well marinated, definitely something that has been marinated overnight and the meat was tender.Besides having used dried chilies, they have also used a lot of black pepper in this dish making it a very spicy dish. This dish is served with three slices of White Bread. I would rate this dish at 9.4/10 .

Ikan Bilis @ RM 11.30
Their Ikan Bilis was very good. It was prepared spicy and cooked with green chilies and onions and served with a sprinkle of lime. The salty taste of the anchovies, the sour flavours from the lime and the spiciness from the chilies all blended well and together they were a treat to have with the beers. Definitely a recommended dish here. I would rate this dish at 9.2/10 .

Prawn Potato Masala @ RM 15.10

Served with Three Slices of Bread
The Prawn Masala with Potato was fantastic. It was prepared super spicy and came with loads of small prawns and little chunks of potato. I loved the fact that they had made it slightly wet and having added not only Chili Masala but also ground black pepper, an that too a whole load of it. Definitely a dish that I would order again. I would rate this dish at 9.8/10 .

Sardine Masala @ RM 14.10

Comes with Three Slices of Bread
This dish would be every Malaysian boy's favourite. Sardines were mashed and cooked with extreme spices making it a wonderful dish to go with drinks. They were prepared so well that even those who do not like sardines would love this dish. Excellent! I would rate this dish at 9.7/10 .

Fried Mushrooms @ RM 10.00
This dish was typically whole Button Mushrooms that were dipped in a slightly spicy and salty flour and deep fried. The good thing about this dish was that you do not see any traces of oil around the dish and the chef had also ensured that the Button Mushrooms were still juicy though deep fried. The setback however was simply that this dish purely derived its taste from the flour coating and it definitely had MSG in it which made you a little thirsty after consuming it. Overall a decent dish. I would rate this at 6.5/10 . Despite me rating this dish at only 6.5/10, my brother loved this and ended up ordering another plate of the same. Interesting to see how the same dish can be viewed differently by two individuals. 

French Fries @ RM 8.00
These French Fries were definitely deep fried and then simmered with some butter which is a great technique in culinary science but the execution of it had gone slightly wrong which made the dish look a little overdone. Another thing about the fries itself is that they have been fried after being allowed to thaw. I was once advised by a renowned chef that the best French Fries are deep fried directly of the freezer and he had exhibited that to me and to my surprise then, it produced excellent fries. Well, coming back to this dish, I would rate it at 8/10 .

On the whole, I am very pleased with this place and the owners too are doing a fantastic job by keeping the quality of service and food consistent. Definitely a place that I would be frequenting more often as I love the food, environment and hospitality here. 

Address: No. 37, Jalan 23/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 1300 - 0100 Daily

Telephone: +603 6203 5262


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