we are regular of Homa...but had to go to Bill' s as it is being refurbished this month always liked the food but the service not always up to scratch, coffee not arriving nor croissants...etc anne-marie
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Posted: Fri Jun 15 2012
Although Homa’s decorative floor tiles make for a pleasing entrance, its new wooden tables and neutral walls are a bit uninspiring, and cleanliness isn’t always up to scratch – we arrived to crumbs on a seat, as well as a bin in the ladies that was crying out to be emptied. A basket of focaccia, delivered by a friendly waiter, was also on the stale side. Things improved with a lovely starter of burrata with a delicately sweet caponata – a perfect match. Mains, from a list of hearty Mediterranean classics, brought the overall standard firmly back down to average, however. A plate of tender ox cheeks served with a rich gravy was quite small for the price, and served lukewarm; a funghi pizza had a perfect base but a very sparse tomato sauce topping and less-than-generous helping of mushroom. Own-made ice-cream helped to lift our spirits – which were, however, dampened again when we were presented with the wrong (much more expensive) bill. Twice. Still, Homa’s Church Street terrace appears to be as popular as ever on fine days, and if you’re looking for a pleasant enough spot to have brunch or sip wine (from an extensive list), you could do far worse.
Homa 71-73 Stoke Newington Church Street
- Venue phone:
020 7254 2072
- Venue website:
- Opening hours:
Open 9am-10.30pm Mon-Sat; 10am-10pm Sun Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Fri; noon-4pm Sat; noon-5pm Sun. Brunch served 10am-3pm Mon-Fri; 10am-4pm Sat, Sun. Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Fri; 6.30-10.30pm Sat; 6-10pm Sun
Tube: Stoke Newington rail or bus 73, 393, 476
Main courses £6.50-£18
- 71-73 Stoke Newington Church Street
- 020 7254 2072
- 71-73 Stoke Newington Church Street
Average User Rating
2.5 / 5
- 5 star:2
- 4 star:1
- 3 star:2
- 2 star:2
- 1 star:4
I have been here a few times and it's always been satisfactory even though the service has been a bit slow. Today something happened that will stop me from ever going back. I was having some food with a friend when I overheard what I know from previous visits to be the owner and the two waiters talking. Their milk had gone off and the waiters seemed really upset about it which is why I listened in on the conversation. Unfortunately, the same could not be said for the owner, he said that the milk was fine and seemed annoyed at the staff. When I walked past and commented on the smell, almost like rotten eggs coming from what I assume to be the sink where I'd seen them pour the milk he gave me a very sad excuse about unblocking a sink downstairs.. Later I saw the two waiters talking and shaking their heads in disbelief, I feel really bad for them to have to work at a place where the OWNER doesn't take a complaint like this seriously. Needless to say we did NOT order coffee but left as soon as we could. I simply could not believe my ears, I will never go back there again. If that is how they handle milk in front of customers, what do they do when we're not looking?
Food was very bland and small portions. No atmosphere and staff are not the best. would not recommend plenty better restaurants in the area.
I've only had the breakfast (3 times), but it was genuinely one of the best eggs benedict / royale that I have ever had. The service was good if a little stuck up. The clientele are a little more pretentious than I had hoped, and I had to zone out from listening to various Northern people who were trying to cover their native accent (be proud!) but the food was excellent. Worth a visit
Quite an odd dining experience. Despite running through the menu with what seemed like the head waiter I settled on a brunch option that worked with the dietary restraints imposed by pregnancy, I was then brought the wrong food which I couldn't eat and so my friend had to eat on her own. When my food came again, it was still the wrong food and so the 3rd attempt came half an hour later than my friend's and wasnt of a very high standard. When we paid we decided to not pay the service as no offer was made to refund us for one of our dishes. The brunch ended with the waiter flamboyantly coming over and handing us our change and saying that the £10 note was to make up for the errors with the meal, which made us chuckle as he was effectively giving us a pound off. In summary - poor food, service and the pricing seemed out of kilter with what we ate.
Firstly, I strongly feel that this is not what Stoke Newington needs at all. Plus points are the outdoor seating on Church Street and the desert menu- particularly the sea salt caramel and chocolate torte. We sat down to a dinner with our first waiter, who was beyond rude in telling us that we coudln't order from the menu until 18:00, which was absolutely fine with me as I could clearly read the menu and didn't need to be told this multiple times. We then ordered the Conft of Lamb (which is actually two lamb chops per person and NOT confit of Lamb) which, had it actually have been Confit of lamb, would have been quite worth the price as it was very tastly......for lamb chops. Sadly, it was still lamb chops. And only two of those bad boys each, which was quite cheeky for the price without any side orders. Overall, I wouldn't go back at all. There are far less pretentious places to eat on Church Street with much more polite waiting staff. Try Punjab 58- fantastic!
Never again. Popped in here for cake and coffee with a friend. Got seated in a corner, which would have been fine, but were then ignored for 20 minutes. When we asked the waiter if he could take our order he couldn't have been more sulky about it. We had to repeat what we wanted about three times - he seemed too bored to take note. Cake and coffee never showed. So we left. Have eaten here once or twice before, food overpriced, decor a bit All Bar One, but rude staff is surely the last straw. It seemed like they actively wanted to make us feel unwelcome.
The portions could be bigger. Lasagne came in a really small and shallow dish and cost £9.00. Pizza was tasty but had a very thin base so we left a bit hungry. In general the quality of the food was good but they def need to up their game in terms of portion size. It feels like a bit of an insult otherwise.
I love this place, it's really what Church Street needed. I've been here a number of times and the food has always been top notch - the service is efficient, non invasive and friendly and the décor/atmosphere is lovely . It really makes it hard to leave N16 for dinner with Homa down the road..
Tried Homa for the first time last Friday evening after having eyed it for weeks but unable to get a table walking in off the street without booking. So we booked (2 hours before ETA) but when we arrived they had no record of our booking. Luckily, there was a spare (tiny) table available. The space is lovely, airy and bright with a great buzzy atmosphere. Unfortunately the food did not live up to our expectations..The seared scallops with saffron salad was hardly seared and rather flavourless (except for the seafood/fishy aroma - which probably means they weren't that fresh). The pasta (like egg noodle pasta) with crab and cherry tomatoes was tasty but the pasta overdone (the texture was like packet 2 min noodles that had been cooked for 5 mins) so it felt a bit of a task eating a whole plateful. My partner had a pizza which was OK but nothing to write home about. Had a bottle of organic red, cocktails and coffees and would have thought the price was reasonable (if the food had been good that is). Perhaps we just ordered badly - the menu changes daily apparently. I really wanted to love this place as it's local and looks great, but I came away very disappointed. Might come back to try the brunch as they sound fab!
I always come to homa with my family its the best place i'v been to in London, the staff give us a warm welcome chefs make the food with passion i always get excited when i'm having my meal in homa and the menu is amazing too.. thank you to the owner for bringing such an amazing place into church street will definatly be back there again!