29th March 2017 6.15pm
A joint venture from Maison Bleue and Social Bite and known through the highly publicised visit by Leonardo Di Caprio at the end of last year, we popped in to Home to see what they had to offer. We’d previously visited Maison Bleue so knew we shouldn’t be disappointed. Home offers great value lunch and early evening menus as well as a reasonably priced banquet (3 course) menu and the standard a la carte option. We decided to go with the early evening menu, offering two courses for £14.95. I went for the surprise calamari followed by the chicken kemia with merguez sausage. My friend chose haggis balls followed by chicken tagine.
We were given bread and dipping oils whilst we waited for our starters. Our side plates were beautiful mis-matched china. Our table also had a pen and a little ‘pay it forward’ card, explaining the idea and suggesting prices for paying forward from a coffee (£2) up to dinner for two (£20). You can also donate more should you wish and you can also use gift aid too. Just complete this in time for when you ask for the bill and it’ll get added on.
The starters came quite quickly. My calamari surprise looked great and was served in a small skillet. I guess the surprise was that it was served on a bed of peppers and onions. The calamari was cooked perfectly and the batter was seasoned beautifully. The peppers and onions were delicious and the whole lot came together wonderfully. On the other side of the table, ooohs and aaaahs were being directed at the haggis balls They were coated in a beer batter and were served with clapshot tatties and a whisky sauce. They were gone within an instant (well that’s how it seemed) which was a testament to how good they were.
The mains were also speedily presented. My chicken was delivered on skewers, with the sausages, couscous, checkchouka ratatouille and salad on the side. Sadly, my chicken was over cooked and dry. If there had been a sauce it may have been less noticeable but as it was, it made it a little hard going. The sausages were gorgeous and the rest of the dish was great, so the chicken was a bit of a shame. On the other side of the table the tagine was brought in the traditional dish. Inside, the meal wasn’t attractive looking but was beautiful. My friend seriously could not fault it. The tagine came with peas, artichokes and preserved lemons with a side of couscous. For those who don’t like meat on the bone, this won’t be for you.
We enjoyed our time at Home (ignoring the dry chicken). The staff were friendly and the service was quick. We paid forward a dinner for two. We recommend the tagine!
Food – 8/10
Service – 9/10
Atmosphere – 8/10
Value – 8.5/10
Overall – 33.5/40
Would I eat here again? Yes but would pick a different main
Cost £53 for two early evening 2 course deals, one glass of wine plus a donation of £20.