New Filipino restaurant brings contemporary flavors to the heart of London
Filipino restaurant Kasa and Kin opened in Soho in September, serving an interesting range of pastries, tapas-style dishes, desserts and cocktails.
“Kasa” means home and “parent” means family – two things that mean a lot to co-founders Rowena Romulo and Chris Joseph, also the names behind the award-winning Romulo Café & Restaurant in Kensington.
Bringing a new twist to a range of meats and fish, the Kasa and Kin menu prides itself on “the best Filipino barbecue sticks you’ll find outside of Manila.”
Co-founder Chris Joseph told SWL: “We opened Kasa and Kin as a separate brand to expand our kitchen offering in London.
“Romulo Restaurant offers more traditional and heirloom dishes, while Kasa and Kin serves more contemporary flavors.”
There are also plenty of vegan and vegetarian options, including a fresh-tasting avocado and jackfruit spring roll, warming vegetable broth, succulent grilled vegetables served on barbecue sticks, and more.
Kasa and Kin infuse Filipino ingredients with a long list of spirits, syrups and juices to deliver unique versions of classic cocktails.
Perhaps the most unusual flavor is ube, a purple yam used for desserts and cocktails, mixed with vodka, Malibu, coconut cream and cranberry juice.
The ube martini is smooth, creamy and earthy in taste.
Joseph’s favorite dishes on the menu are the three broths, including chicken, beef, jackfruit and vegetables.
He said, “Our broths remind me of my home in the tropics. They are so heartwarming on cold London days with a hot pandesal (Filipino buns).
“It’s come a long way and reminds me of my grandmother’s hugs!” “
An explosion of flavors is accompanied by a colorful interior. An interactive mural by Filipino artist Kulay Labitigan depicts a tropical rainforest inspired by an epic poem about the most legendary of Filipino mythical birds.
Filipino cuisine is a fiesta of different cuisines from around the world. The traditional dishes of the different ethnolinguistic groups in the Philippines have historically been influenced by Spanish, Japanese, Indian and Chinese culture, resulting in a varied cuisine taking the best elements from all over the world.
With 70 seats indoors and 20 outdoors, Kasa and Kin is open daily from 10:00 a.m. (noon Saturdays and Sundays) until 10:30 p.m.
Reservations can be made at Filipino restaurant Kasa and Kin by sending an email [email protected]
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