Chicago-based Filipino restaurant Kasama earns Michelin star

TJ Manotoc, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 07 2022 05:44 PM | Updated as of Apr 08 2022 06:56 PM

Bravely launching in the midst of the global pandemic, Chicago-based Filipino restaurant Kasama is now reaping its well-deserved recognition.

On Wednesday, the Michelin Guide posted photos of their recent event in Chicago where the prestigious go-to restaurant guide honored four new restaurants with their first Michelin stars.

Pinoy pride was beaming for Kasama, owned and run by husband and wife team Tim Flores and Genie Kwon. Michelin Guide described the dinner tasting restaurant as an evolution of the couple’s popular cafe that reflected on their culinary training and heritage.

It said the traditional Filipino dishes were given a creative spin making them ambitious, clever, and distinct. 

Some of the dishes highlighted were the maitake mushroom adobo with mussel emulsion; pancit, reflecting Spanish influence with Serrano ham; and an elegant take on halo-halo, combining Asian pear granita, pandan ice cream and freeze-dried mandarin.


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As for the husband and wife team, they shared on Instagram that it was hard to believe what they and the industry accomplished while surviving the pandemic and to be recognized by Michellin Guide was beyond anything they could have imagined.

Kasama is located in the East Ukrainian Village of Chicago, serving Filipino food to the table with contemporary twists. 

The restaurant is loved for its creations such as Filipino breakfast and chicken and mushroom adobo, and signature drinks like the kafe-mansi and ube latte.


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