‘Kasama,’ the first MICHELIN starred Filipino restaurant


‘Kasama’ restaurant, the first MICHELIN starred Filipino world-class dining in Chicago

Husband and wife chefs Tim Flores and Genie Kwon of Kasama Restaurant in Chicago is the Philippines’ first MICHELIN-starred Pinoy restaurant.

Naturally, the couple is ecstatic with high hopes for what is to come for the restaurant. “We’re just so happy that our team was recognized for all the hard work they’ve done,” Kwon said.

…I believe that now, the rise of Filipino food is really beginning. You’re seeing a lot of chefs across the United States and all over the world just doing modern takes on some Filipino dish. I believe it’s an outcome of the generation,” said Flores on the Michellin guide website.

Why Kasama?

The restaurant is a combination of artistic talent between the two owners who both wanted Filipino food. Tim wanted to do French pastries, among other ideas, turning Kasama into a unique blend of Pinoy dishes. Hence, the Tagalog word Kasama (together) was the best word to describe their passion.

Tim Flores grew up in Chicago. His mother is from Imus, Cavite, while Kwon was born in New Orleans, with Korean ethnicity.

Kasama’s best sellers

Kasama’s best seller list includes Adobo, pancit, “Bistek & Eggs,” and Kare-Kare. Their Ube and Huckleberry Basque Cake dusted with the Philippine sun emblem and truffle croissant is a must.


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An authentic Filipino world-class experience

Kasama, a “world-class Pinoy restaurant,” is located at 1001 N Winchester Ave, Chicago, Illinois. Currently, they accept dine-in reservations and take-out but no delivery. It’s open from Wednesday to Sunday with a daytime menu, and pastries from 9 am – 2 pm.

Dinner tasting menu set in 2022

The Michelin star Pinoy restaurant has a ‘Fine Dining Filipino Inspired’ tasting menu from Thursday to Sunday, from 6 pm – 10 pm. The Tasting Menu costs $215/person, with an option for beverage pairing at $115/person.

Visit the Kasama Restaurant website for more information.


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