Filipino restaurant Kasama, based in Chicago, USA, has proven that Pinoy cuisine can go toe to toe with the best in the world after receiving a Michelin Star.

For those unaware, a Michelin Star is only bestowed to dining establishments that are deemed to be the epitome of both culinary excellence and high standards.

The contemporary Filipino eating spot, which serves Pinoy cuisine with a modern twist, was among the handful of restos that received a one-star rating from the recently released 2022 Michelin Guide.

The French tire company’s prestigious list praised husband and wife Timothy Flores and Genie Kwon, who manages Kasama, for their “creative” approach to classic Filipino dishes.

Photo from Kasama’s Official Instagram Page

Some of the dishes Michelin was referring to were Kasama’s Maitake Mushroom Adobo sauced with mussel emulsion, Pancit with thin squid ink noodles, shaved Serrano ham, and Kwon’s version of Halo-Halo using Asian pear granita and pandan ice cream.

The restaurant was also lauded for being able to “represent the true vision of what the couple had in mind… with a dinner tasting menu that emphatically displays this talented team’s training, experience and heritage for an experience that is ambitious, clever, and distinct.”

The couple – Flores and Kwon – took to Instagram to thank Michelin for their acknowledgment.

“To make it here and to be recognized by the Michelin Guide 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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Image credit: Kasama’s Official Instagram Page