The year 2015 saw the rise of the gastropub. In 2016, blink-and-you’ll-miss it speakeasies were all the rage. In 2017, you probably realized you weren’t cool until you’ve bar crawled your way through the outskirts of Makati. With everyone eagerly —but perhaps unknowingly — awaiting the newest after-hours habit to take hold, we’re out here taking a step back and taking this concept where we all secretly would rather be — home. We’re talking plate after plate of home-style cooking, sinful sizzling pulutan, delectable desserts, and barkadahan over drinks and buckets of cold beer – you get the idea.
LUMU Filipino Kitchen and Beerhouse offers good food, good drinks and good times, just as your friendly neighborhood Filipino home would. With a name that is a clever abbreviation for “love you, miss you,” LUMU is every bit the fix of nostalgia that leaves you with — pun intended — a good taste in your mouth.
Since Filipino cuisine is as much about the overall experience as it is about the food, partner chef Luigi Muhlach, alongside head chef Isaac Bravo, have taken the quintessential Filipino home and food experience and reimagined it into something that the Instagram generation would enjoy just as much as the average Baby Boomer would.
With touches of bright colors and ‘50s/’60s mod Filipino home details, LUMU instantly transports you to those days spent with friends hanging out in someone’s ancestral home where the most familiar sights, smells, and sounds are either of lola’s home cooked dishes or never-ending stories being shared by our titas.
In not so many words, the place packs enough personality to make us believe that if our fun and food-loving titos and titas were to ever have a restaurant equivalent, then this would be it.
You don’t have to look far to get a sense of what LUMU is about; a quick glance at their menu will tell you everything you need to know. From a category dedicated to the familiar and festive Filipino ways to enjoy goat meat, to comfort food classics such as adobo, kaldereta, and bistek tagalog, to an array of LUMU signature dishes like Sisig Lomi Overload, Binagoongang Tomahawk Bagnet, and LUMU Chicken Inasal; the team serves a strong selection of fairly-priced hapag-kainan hits that successfully fuse classic and nostalgic flavors with contemporary flair. Make sure you don’t walk out of LUMU without trying their Hardcore Kambing Sampler, Patty’s Sinuglaw, and the LUMU Pag-ibig Bangers (Filipino flavored sausages with standouts that include the Bicol Express, and Dinuguan flavors), among others.
Okay, who are we kidding? There’s a LUMU dish out there for every Pinoy and Pinoy at heart; it’s just a matter of finding yours. End your gastronomic experience on a high note with LUMU ’s trifecta of uniquely Filipino desserts. Choose from pastillas cheesecake, melt-in-your-mouth pichi-pichi skillet, or ube bibingka, and you get your happy ending either way.
They say you keep coming back to Filipino food because every bite comes with a familiar feeling. Well now, prepare to be surprised.
LUMU Filipino Kitchen and Beerhouse is located at second floor, Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila, Pasay City.