After reading many positive posts, I had been wanting to go to Kuma Inn for quite a while. We finally went last night, but unfortunately, it was right after it was written up in New York Mag, Time Out, etc. so it was packed. We arrived at 7:30 without a reservation and told it would be about 20 minutes. We weren't seated until 8:30, but we were understanding becuase the host was nice and they were getting pounded.
The menu consists only of Thai/Phillipine tapas. They are all reasonably prices between $5-10, but are quite small. There is a selection of about 15 sakes, some wine, and three overpriced beers ($6-9). We ordered 5 dishes between the two of us which left us comfortably full. Maybe should have done six. They bring out the dishes one at a time in no particular order.
First was Chinese Sausage served with Sticky Rice and a Cilantro Chili sauce. Sausage was very good- smoky and slightly sweet. It was matched nicely by the piquant chili sauce and mellow rice.
Next was Garlic Rice. On the verge of being, but not quite, too garlicky. Very good, but I was tasting the garlic the rest of the night.
Then Pork Tonkatsu Salad with Watercress. Was expecting to be with panko, but it was lightly fried in regular crumbs. Very tender, juicy, and sweet & sour tasting. Watercress also very good.
Next was Mix Stix. Satay-like skewers of meat. These were disappointing. Chicken and beef were dry. Pork was juicy, but lacking flavor. Should have come with a dipping sauce.
Last was Pork Shumai wrapped in green Wasabi dough. This could have been very good but we couldn't taste the pork. It's not that the Wasabi was too strong, it was perfectly smooth, but the pork just needed to be picked up.
I had a glass of sake with it but I am an amatuer sake drinker at best so I can't give accurate comment- it just tasted good to me. Total with tax & tip was under $60. Overall, marginally recommended.