Every once in a while you dine at a restaurant that you’ve never been to before and realise you’ve been missing out. Kasa & Kin is that very restaurant. It’s one of those places that you could take friends, your family, or even a date for a romantic meal.
Soho has an abundance of choice, everywhere you turn there’s somewhere to have dinner, but Kasa & Kin is a little different. By day it’s a Filipino bakery and patisserie, lunch is served in the restaurant, and the evening buzz is around the restaurant, with the bakery open for takeaway treats.
Owned by Chris and Rowena, Kasa & Kin’s ethos is warm and welcoming. The team are not only friendly and approachable but they are seriously knowledgeable about Filipino Cuisine.
The menu oozed deliciousness even before anything hit our lips, and the smell was a mixture of herbs and spices and sweet bread. We couldn’t wait to tuck into our first dish.
The Food at Kasa & Kin
We chose the seafood BBQ platter to start, with baby squid and chilli king prawn. Then we had chilli chicken rice paper spring rolls, and a couple of the dips and sauces on the side. They included spiced bagoong mayo (mayo with fermented shrimp paste) and calamansi aioli (Filipino citrus lime, garlic, soy & mayo).
More dishes followed including lemongrass chicken inasal, chilli king prawn, and Portobello mushrooms from the pinoy grill. Side dishes we opted for were; garlic fried rice, stir-fried greens with pak choy, and Kasa pickled cucumber & apple atchara.
Where do we start with explaining how good these dishes were? The platter was divine, especially when dipped in the sauces, and the chilli was hinted at rather than overpowered by. The spring rolls were super light and delicately fragrant with lemongrass.
The standout dish was the chicken inasal, which was mouth-wateringly good. Marinated in annatto oil, ginger, chilli and lemongrass it was simply outstanding, and the talking point at our table. It melted in the mouth, left the most wonderful aromatic flavours, and could easily win every food award going!
Not that we had any room left for dessert, but we couldn’t leave without trying the infamous tsunami cheesecake. With a choice of 6 to choose from we plumped for dulce de leche and mango, and neither disappointed. The dulce de leche was rich and indulgent, and the mango was light and fruity.
Filipino Pandesal Bread at Kasa & Kin
We took home some Filipino pandesal breads from the bakery to enjoy the following day. Pandesal is quintessential sweet bread from the Philippines made with various flavours including; activated charcoal, annatto, chocolate, and purple yam.
This was a food experience to be savoured, and one that we will remember forever. So, the next time you are in London’s Soho make the time to dine at Kasa & Kin and enjoy Filipino cuisine.
Located at 52/53 Poland Street, Soho, London, W1F 7NQ. Visit Kasa & Kin to book a table and to view the menus and check out their Instagram @kasaandkin.