On Av. República de Panamá, in the district of Miraflores, we find a small and cozy place where smells guide one to enter and order something. It is about Huma, the successful brand of humitas that opened its horizons and faced a new challenge: to open its first store. More than two months after its opening, Advantage visited the cafeteria with Creole seasoning and we will tell you all about the delicacies that you can enjoy here.
This project was conceived by Hessy-Schuler Y Gustavo Collantes, who in addition to being partners, are a couple. “I already had a company that sold humitas to some spaces, but Hessy encouraged me to offer them directly to the public and during the pandemic we decided to open our Instagram account. Luckily, people began to fall in love with our recipe and they began to spread the word and thus we had more and more customers”, Gustavo recalls.
But, over time, all the clients asked for a place to go to try the freshly made humitas. “It was always in our plans to open a space, but at the beginning it was complicated. Until one day Hessy tells me ‘hey now, we have to open the place’”, she says.
Thus, in January of this year they got their act together and started with the project and a month later, in February, they were already inaugurating the space. “It was quite a challenge for us because we had no experience at all, but we did have the desire to learn and create something beautiful and enjoyable. We take care of the decoration and assembly of everything, ”admits Hessy.
Flavor and tradition in a single table
The menu of this cafeteria cannot be based solely on one product, no matter how exquisite it may be. From this reflection comes the idea of becoming known as a space with creole flavor, where those perfect bites are served to enjoy alone or accompanied, hot or cold, at lunch, lunch or dinner.
For a start the humitas are the protagonists of the menu. They are soft, tasty and the corn with which they are prepared is felt in each bite. They currently have six flavors: white cheese humita or of chicken, green chicken humita, yellow chili humita stuffed with chicken, hot pepper humita stuffed with cheese and sweet smoke stuffed with blancmange and raisins. Our favourite? The yellow chili. It is unique in its style and it is as if they combined the basic dough of humita with ajicito with its spicy and very Peruvian touch.
If you are a lover of TamaleDon’t worry, here they also offer the traditional version stuffed with chicken or pork, accompanied with their sarsa criolla. Can’t stop trying some of the sandwiches what they offer: there are chicken either ham with cheese, served on a croissant, and you can also find the heaviest and succulent versions of bread with turkey, sausage Y bread with pork rinds. Without a doubt, the turkey is a meat that they manage to cook to perfection and they serve you a crispy bite for the bread but juicy and with a lot of Creole taste for the protein.
To cool off they offer juices papaya, orange, strawberry and pineapple; refreshments as chicha or emollient; and other drinks. Closing this banquet we find a dessert from yesteryear: the peruvian churro stuffed with a strong white delicacy and covered with its white sugar. Finally, we have as an option a decadent and humid chocolate cake that will make everyone fight for the last bite.
- smoke has a location in Miraflores (Av. Republic of Panama 5889, La Aurora). Its service hours are from Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm and from 6 pm to 9 pm. On Sundays they are open from 8 am to 12 pm They have service in the salon, to take away and delivery through WhatsApp (994134101), its own website and Rappi. the place is pet-friendly. Learn more about the brand in your account Instagram @humaperu.