After reading some really positive reviews from other Chowhounds, I tried Kuma Inn last week...and was extremely disappointed. The good news is that I learned I'm not one of those people who like a restaurant because everyone says its good, or cool, or hip. The bad news is, well, the service and food.
We were seated at the table closest to the door, which was unfortunate, especially on such a cold night. I've never been so uncomfortable at a meal, despite wearing my coat throughout! Though we complained about the temperature the front door was never closed.
It all would have been OK if the food hadn't been so disappointing. We tried the skewer mix (pork, chicken and beef) and found them all to be dry, overcooked, and fairly tasteless. Several threads describe them as "authentic" or "as good as from the street stalls" but someone who grew up eating at these same stalls in Manila concurred. Of course, it probably didn't help that, by the time we ate our first skewer, the rest were nearly frozen!
The roasted scallops with bacon were nothing special. It was as if they dribbled some bacon bits on it. The chicken wing adobo was OK but if you want adobo with really good flavor, try Ihawan in Queens instead.
The garlic rice and sauteed chinese sausages, though tasty, are the kinds of things one can just as easily make at home.
Anyone who's ever backpacked in Asia or elsewhere has probably tried, and been disappointed by, a restaurant recommended by Lonely Planet. Exactly my experience at Kuma Inn.