Island Pacific Living Magazine has identified a few of their favourite places in the Pacific to dine. The Home Café at Malifa in Samoa is one of them. This is what the magazine says:
Every now and then you come across a place that you just wish you had found earlier. Driving around Apia the Home Café kept coming up on our Google Maps and eventually after three days, we decided to pull in.
From the entrance, this place looks like a dump – an actual dump. In fact, the Samoan Prime Minister even went on TV saying the owner, Horace, had succeeded in building a successful business out of rubbish.
Well the ‘rubbish’ is in fact a prize collection of memorabilia from a bygone era. Cassette tapes and records from the seventies and eighties, furniture from the sixties, an old barber’s chair and mismatched glassware and cutlery.
Horace is as much a character as his Home Café. He almost runs the Café as an honour system.
“Here, have a beer, I’ve got to duck out so grab another one if you want,” he said to us after showing us around a few of his favourite things.
On Wednesday nights, visitors and locals are invited to ‘bring your own steak’ and the Home Café guys will cook it for you. Your contribution is five tala for the pasta salad.
Other nights Horace has great burgers and a good story. The clientele is locals and expats, volunteers and the production crew from the Survivor series.
Speaking of Survivor, it and other popular shows are played on the big screen, so if you’re in Samoa and don’t want to miss Game of Thrones or the like, you don’t have to. Head down to the Home Café, where you’ll be treated like you’re, well, at home.
The Home Café is on the Cross Island Road at Tanugamanono, Apia. But trust me, Google Maps will get you there.
Just get there on the first day.