Lafayette @ Taaffe Pl (Fort Greene)
Kuma Inn's new sister restaurant in our neighborhood doesn't disappoint. For those not in the know, the restaurant names are a play on Tagalog words: kumain (pronounced kuma in) means "eat" and uminom means "drink." Decorated simply in red-stained wood and bamboo light sculptures by house chef (and formerly of Cendrillion) Perry Mamaril, the spot is clean and inviting.
Umi Nom is BYOB for beer, wine or sake. The menu has some Thai and Vietnamese inspired dishes, such as spicy beef with peanuts atop spicy pickled vegetables, as well as pad see ew and pad thai.
Standouts included the BBQ ribs which fell off the bone, as well as the air dried beef tapa (they call it jerky there) served with their version of spicy XO sauce. The crispy calamari is simple and well-done.
It's a much needed addition to the area and, in my opinion, better run than Kuma Inn.
Saturday, October 03, 2009
Umi Nom is BYOB