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A Filipino Restaurant with a Michelin Star in Chicago, IL - A Review of Kasama

I believe they received their Michelin star just a couple days before my visit to Chicago, so I wanted to support them as the first Filipino restaurant with a Michelin star in June of 2022. Overall, my experience warrants a return and I'm so excited to see such a successful restaurant represent Filipino culture!

Date of Visit: June 2022


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WHAT WE ORDERED AND WHAT WE RECOMMEND

OVERALL RATING OF FOOD: 5/5 stars

My OVERLY picky and cheap Filipino mom was REALLY impressed with Kasama and she is NOT easy to impress.


WHAT WE ORDERED:

  • Pork Belly Adobo (weekends only)

  • Filipino Breakfast - Longanisa

  • Filipino Breakfast - Bistek & Eggs

  • Salmon Pastry

  • Foie Grais Pastry

  • Prosciutto Pastry

  • Truffle Croissant

  • Oh, Hot Yam (Ube Latte)

  • Calamansi Lemonade

WHAT WE RECOMMEND:

  • Pork Belly Adobo (weekends only)

  • Filipino Breakfast - Longanisa

  • Filipino Breakfast - Bistek & Eggs

  • Salmon Pastry

  • Oh, Hot Yam (Ube Latte)











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The longanisa and bistek were great and authentic. Admittedly, I expected more of more pork belly adobo dish as I love all those things and such a great concept. For me, the adobo was rather sweet and I didn't taste any of the typical soy-vinegar combo in the actual meat. I also felt the garlic rice just tasted like regular rice, but this could just be personal preference. For those that like a stronger coffee and not too sweet, I suggest the Oh, Hot Yam. Admittedly, it wasn't sweet enough for me and I could have used a touch more milk/cream. But, I like my coffee STRONG with lots of cream and a med-high amount of sugar


The pastries were delicious. I was so sad they ran out of their special Mango pastry for that weekend. We actually took the pastries home and heated them up the next day which were still good. The salmon & cream cheese pastry was delicious. I tried the foie gras and prosciutto pastry which were good but not as great as the salmon.


RESERVATIONS, WAIT TIMES AND SEATING


RESERVATIONS:

  • Were not available during our visit in June for lunch

  • They may be available for dinner during their tasting menus

WAIT TIMES:

  • 5/5 stars considering we had a group of 7

  • The wait was outside of the building and was a bit of a mess with confusion on how to proceed. We actually had a lady bypass the entire line and place her order without waiting because of the way the line is setup at the entrance. Also, because of the line, our family missed the entrance as it's just marked by a small gold plaque at about shoulder height (see my photo) but just look out for the blue brick building.

SEATING: indoor and outdoor seating is available, but the place is small.



STAFF & SERVICE


5/5 stars : The staff were so attentive and friendly, even when we asked for a table of 7 on a Sunday afternoon when it was so busy, but they said no problem and just asked us to wait a bit. They even brought us early arrivals the drinks and pastries we ordered while our mine entrees were all fired at the same time - what a fantastic touch!



TOUR IDEAS

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