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kuma inn

banquo | Mar 1, 2005 11:11 AM

We held a birthday party for a friend at Kuma Inn last Saturday. All seven of us left happy. The place is small, intimate, well appointed, and dimly lit; however the music they played came out in stark contrast to the romantic setting (think Babbo). The seating is fairly tight, but there's sufficient space to hold a private conversation if that is desired. It was busy but I don't believe that it was full capacity at any point during the night (we were there from about 7 to about 10). Between the 7 of us, I believe we ordered almost every dish on the menu + the specials (3) they had that night. The highlights, for some, were the pork-centered dishes: pork shumai w/wasabi, pork tonkatsu, and chinese sausage w/sticky rice. We must have ordered 3 iterations each of those dishes. For others, the seafood was the highlight: pan roasted scallops, sea bass, big-eyed tuna, prawns sauteed in sake. All the fish had saucing of some sort on it, but since it was a birthday party the focus was not on the food but on the celebration and so I didn't pay much attention. People liked the sticky rice and especially the coconut rice (it's not as good as Sripraphai's unfortunately). The only real disappointing dish(es) was the vegetarian spring roll (and perhaps also the vegetable dumpling). The sake sangria was terrible, so I would avoid that--it had almost no discernible sake taste, or any taste for that matter. The service was very gracious but lacking in efficiency. We ordered in several different waves throughout the night, something I alerted the waitress we would be doing, and she did not once come over to ask us if we wanted anything else, i.e. I had to flag her down every time. Not too big a deal, but it was slightly annoying. The owner made frequent rounds to the various tables, and seems like a friendly guy who genuinely cares whether people are enjoying themselves. Overall, I would highly recommend this place if you're looking to casually hang out with some friends to have some drinks and decent food at a very reasonable price. I suppose it could also be a good option for an intimate date. FYI: someone suggested that this place is BYO; it's not. The corkage is $15, which is too high given the fact that their wine selection leaves something to be desired. They do, however, have a decent sake selection. The total bill, for 7, was around $330 or so including tax and fairly sizable tip.

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