Generally when I hear of a café/restaurant featuring Western food, I set my expectations appropriately. I expect boring spaghetti, tough steak, mayonnaise sandwiches, deep-fried things, and, if you’re lucky, good coffee. After eating at the Korean-influenced Homestead Café, I need to rethink my generalization. Located just south of West Lake, this café prides itself on serving Western cuisine that reminds you of your mother’s, assuming your mother is an excellent cook.
The entrance looks like your standard coffee shop with a drink list and walk-up registers, allowing passerby's to get a quick caffeine fix or smoothie. But the MORE crew went upstairs to enjoy some fine dining. We sat in their comfortable dining room, among the hardwood tables and couches, and reviewed our dining options on the Samsung tablet menu.
Our meal started with the Smoked Salmon Tartar with Couscous 58RMB, and from the first bite, we knew our meal would be delicious. Next, we tried a pair of pastas, Spaghetti Bolognese and Bacon Carbonara, both 58RMB, and both superb. The Bolognese sauce was so good we had to mop it up with garlic bread, and the Carbonara was made with generous portions of real cheese. For the main course, we enjoyed the Grilled Sirloin Steak 168RMB and the Grilled Salmon Fillet 138RMB. Both came with fresh-grilled garden vegetables, cooked perfectly, just enough to leave them crispy but not raw. They also offer a range of salads, soups, and appetizers from 36-58RMB, as well as waffles.
To drink, besides the reasonably priced coffee options 20-30RMB, we highly recommend the Peach Ade 30RMB and the Blueberry Yogurt Smoothie 39RMB. The smoothies are really excellent, since they use yogurt as the base instead of ice. They also have a very decent wine selection with bottles starting at 218RMB, making it a great place for a sophisticated dinner or luxurious lunch. Wi-Fi and ample parking available.