Another dish I loved here is consisted of pan roasted ocean scallops with bacon, kalamansi and sake. The scallops were so tender and meaty, and benefitted from the pairing with crisp bacon bits and water spinach. I could not have enough of the citrusy, buttery sauce it was swimming in. YUM. There are also a number of specials every night (you'll be amazed when the waitress recites them, they're THAT many). Last night we tried the pork buns, which had strips of tender, flavorful meat nestled in that addictive soft white bread. We also tried a grilled fish dish, which reminded me of typical home-cooked tilapia or lapu-lapu that's a staple in Filipino households. There was also a beef brisket with bokchoy that bore some similarity to the Filipino dish nilaga.
This place is definitely a haven for Filipinos craving some comfort food, but I would also bring non-Filipino friends who are curious about my country's cuisine. The clientele here is very mixed, which makes it an easier intro to Filipino cuisine than the hard-core Filipino restaurants in the city. And anyway, who can resist "BYOB" these days?
Kuma Inn is located at 113 Ludlow Street, between Delancey and Rivington Streets. Tel. (212) 353-8866 for reservations.