Kasa and Kin Filipino restaurant opened in Soho in September and serves an exciting selection of patisseries, tapas-style dishes, desserts and cocktails.
“Kasa” means home and “child” means family – two things mean a lot to co-founders Rowena Romulo and Chris Joseph, also the names behind Kensington’s multi-award winning Romulo Café & Restaurant.
Bringing a new twist to a range of meat and fish dishes, 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 traditional dishes, while Kasa and Kin serve more modern flavors.”
FUN FIESTA: the team behind Kasa and Kin, including co-founders Rowena Romulo and Chris Joseph. Photo credit: Kasa and Kin
There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options, too, including a fresh-tasting avocado and jackfruit spring roll, a warming vegetable broth, succulent grilled veggies served on grill sticks, and more.
Kasa and Kin blend Filipino ingredients with a long list of spirits, syrups and juices to offer unique interpretations of classic cocktails.
Perhaps the most unusual flavor is Ube, a purple yam used in desserts and cocktails, mixed with vodka, Malibu, coconut cream, and cranberry juice.
The Ube Martini is sweet, creamy and earthy in taste.
PURPLE PERFECTION: The Ube Martini (right) and the Calamantini Mocktail (left). Photo credit: South West Londoners
Joseph’s favorite items on the menu are the three broths, which include chicken, beef, jackfruit, and vegetables.
He said: “Our broths remind me of my home in the tropics. They are so comforting to the tummy on cold London days along with a warm pandesal (Filipino bun).
“This goes a long way and reminds me of my grandma’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 Philippines’ most legendary mythical birds.
Filipino food is a celebration of diverse world cuisines. Traditional dishes from the various ethnolinguistic groups of the Philippines have historically been influenced by Spanish, Japanese, Indian and Chinese cultures, resulting in diverse dishes that incorporate the best elements from all corners of the world.
Accommodating 70 people indoors and 20 outdoors, Kasa and Kin is open daily from 10am (Saturday and Sunday lunchtime) to 10:30pm.
Reservations can be made via email at Kasa and Kin Filipino Restaurant [email protected]
Photo credit: South West Londoners