A worthy dinner experience for me is one in which my family members are complete, the food is delicious and abundant, the place is cozy and sophisticated, and the restaurant’s customer service is excellent.
All these expectations of mine were met when one night, our agenda brought us to S Maison at the Conrad Hotel in SM Mall of Asia Complex. We looked for something unique at the 2nd floor, because roaming around, we noticed that a number of soon-to-open restaurants are those that already exist elsewhere, if not something we’ve already been to in the past.
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The search for uniqueness led me to Huma, a restaurant specializing in Lebanese cuisine. The exterior itself is unique, as if you’re walking into some Middle Eastern walls. Entering this establishment, we were greeted by smiling Filipino crew as we excitedly walked along a clean, well-lighted and fragrant walkway. They also helped to make me remember that we’re still in the Philippines, in spite of the foreign looking interiors particularly the on how the ceilings and walls were decorated, the furniture was selected and lighting set-up, and how the menu book was delicately designed. Otherwise, it’s easy to feel we’re in another enchanting country.
Huma Mediterranean Cuisine Menu
Eggs with Sujuk
What also attracted me to this restaurant’s menu is that the dishes are mostly of beef, lamb, chicken or vegetarian ingredients. For this evening, we ordered Hummus, for starters. It consists of hot soft dough, plus dip made of olive oil, chick peas, tahini and lemon. After all, it’s the most fitting starter for a Mediterranean ambience. For the rest of our selections, however, we stuck with our safe bets (a.k.a. meals that looked like they might have a hint of familiar flavors) such as the Sawded Dajaj (fried chicken liver with pomegranate/lemon sauce and garlic), eggs with sujuk, french fries and basmati rice.
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The staff was attentive and refilled our drinks even without us making follow-ups. Surprisingly, the restaurant did not charge for service when it’s time to ask for the bill, in spite of the restaurant’s elegance. Still, who won’t be encouraged to give a tip for a job well done? In addition, it gave free parking to diners as well. This restaurant rocks when it comes to great value for money.
I was sure I haven’t heard of this restaurant before. I just found out later that Huma is still on its soft opening, and that it also exists in Palawan and soon, in SM Clark. As of this writing, Huma has only one branch in Metro Manila. I can only hope that Huma will keep the positive impression that it has given me and my family from this dinner experience.
Address: S Maison, Seaside Blvd Pasay City, Philippines
Tel Number: 7724573