This Modern Filipino Restaurant Becomes the First to Earn a Michelin Star

Featuring Filipino dishes like longganisa, lumpiang shanghai, and chicken adobo, this Filipino restaurant in Chicago just became the very first to earn a Michelin Star! It is an award for outstanding cooking by the Michelin Guide based on the following:

  • quality of the ingredients
  • harmony of flavors
  • mastery of techniques
  • the personality of the chef as expressed in their cuisine
  • consistency both over time and across the entire menu

The Michelin Guide just announced that “Kasama” is now a one-Michelin star establishment. Born during the pandemic, Kasama is a bakery and modern Filipino restaurant by husband-and-wife chefs.

The guide described their food as “an ambitious, clever and distinct meal, where traditional Filipino food is given a creative spin in such items as 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.” Read the full review here.

Kasama thanked their patrons for the amazing achievement. They wrote on Instagram: “It is still hard to believe what this industry has been through since the beginning of 2020. To make it here and to be recognized by the @michelinguide is truly beyond anything we could have ever imagined. Thank you to our team, past and present. Thank you to our wonderful patrons. Cheers to you all!”

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Located in the East Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago, Kasama is owned by Filipino-Korean American couple, Tim Flores and Genie Kwon. Know more about them on their website (!

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