Finally! A new place in town to get real homemade, quality Mexican food. Where you say? Run by Mariel Montero Sena, you’ve probably seen her around when she was at Expressionz Café running Taco and Fondita days. Unless you’ve been living under a large rock. Which is totally possible. I went once for tacos and they were dynamite so I was hoping for more of the same quality when we went to check out HUMA after some beach v-balling.
HUMA Mexican Comfort is located close to Argyll Plaza on the north east corner of 99 Street and 63 Avenue. It’s a bit difficult to spot while driving (the sign is pretty small) but it’s in the same parking lot as Tienda Latina and Kyoto Sushi Japanese Restaurant. It’s worth the search, trust me on this one. We came around 7pm on a Wednesday evening – there were only a few tables occupied. It can fit approximately 30 to 35 people. They’ll be busy once the word gets out on the streets.
What’s really intriguing about HUMA is that each day is a different menu. This is their seafood menu.
The dessert menu had five options but they were out of the flan. Will have to try it out next time.
We talked briefly with Mariel and this is what’s on deck for each day:
Tuesday – Favourites
Wednesday – Seafood
Thursday – Fondita day
Friday – Street food and snacks
Saturday – Taco day
Sunday – Breakfast and “hang over” remedies
I’ve had horchata before so it was between tamarind or the jamaica for me. The waitress was awesome and brought out these cute little cups to sample all three before we picked. I went with the tamarind which wasn’t too sweet (very subtle) but instead was light and refreshing.
The jamaica according to our waitress is from a leaf. Looking it up afterwards, it looks like it’s hibiscus which gets its deep, beet red colour from the calyces (sepals), a type of flower so she was close enough. This one was more sweeter but still quite refreshing.
Diced mild white fish cooked in fresh lime juice mixed with fresh tomato, onion and cilantro. Served with nacho chips and crackers. This is probably the first ceviche that I’ve had in Edmonton that was good. It tasted fresh with a nice acidity to it. The only complaint we had was that there wasn’t enough chips! Those were gone pronto.
There was also three types of sauces brought to our table – salsa verde, salsa roja and pickled jalapenos/carrots/onion. They also brought out a hot sauce separately, which I believe was for the ceviche. Nice to add to the ceviche and tacos.
Pescado empanizado ($16.00)
Mild white fish fried in a seasoned crumb mixture and served with sides of Mexican rice, fried beans and a fresh salad. The fish (it’s basa) was perfectly cooked. Lightly fried with a nicely coated crumb mixture, this was one of the best fishes I’ve eaten in a long time. It was flaky, tender, crunchy – pretty fantastic. If it’s on the menu, it’s a must order.
Fish tacos ($16.00)
Breaded mild white fish broken onto 4 tortillas and topped with chipotle mayo, shredded lettuce and sliced avocado. The fish tacos were lightly fried the same way as the pescado. Four was perfect as we each were able to try one. Good stuff but will have to try out their Taco day to see which taco is my fav.
Camarones a la diable ($18.00)
Shrimp cooked in a spicy chipotle sauce and served with sides of Mexican rice, fried beans and a fresh salad. It also came with a side of tortillas (covered to keep them warm) to make your own mini tacos if you wanted. The shrimp was perfectly cooked although I didn’t find them spicy.
Beef enchiladas ($13.00)
Shredded beef rolled in 3 corn tortillas and covered in salsa roja (red salsa) and served with a small fresh salad. This seriously remind me of lasagna. The tortillas had that soft, lasagna pasta texture to it.
2x Platanos fritos con lechera ($4.00)
Fried plantain with condensed milk drizzle. Uh yeah, we ordered two of these bad boys. Plantain anything is delicious and these satisfied everyone’s dessert cravings.
I am stoked that there’s finally another good Mexican restaurant in town. Possibly even my new favourite! I can’t wait to go back and try a bunch more dishes. Seriously, that fish was off the charts. As Arnold says, I’ll be baaaaaack. You know it’s a good sign when everyone at the table is “mmmm-ing” after every bite.
HUMA Mexican Comfort
9880 – 63 Avenue