Filipino-Helmed Modern Omakase Spot in Florida Earns a Michelin Star

Give a round of applause to Chef Mike Collantes of Soseki Modern Omakase.

Soseki Modern Omakase
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( It wasn't too long ago—just a little over two months back, to be exact!—that Chicago-based Filipino establishment Kasama gained international acclaim as they were given the very highly coveted award that is a Michelin star. Not only was this a win for the restaurant; Filipinos the world over also rejoiced as it's the first Filipino restaurant to have been awarded a star by the Michelin guide! Time to put your hands back up again, Spotters, as another Filipino-owned establishment has earned a Michelin star: raise your sake cups and make a toast for Soseki Modern Omakase in Florida.

Also read: Michelin Stars: What They Are and How Restaurants Lose Them

Soseki Modern Omakase interior
Soseki Modern Omakase in Orlando has been awarded a Michelin star. 
PHOTO BY Instagram/sosekifl

Filipino-helmed Soseki Modern Omakase earns a Michelin star:

Awarded one star as part of the U.S. Michelin Guide by the French tire company of the same name, Soseki Modern Omakase serves up multi-course "dining experiences" and describes their food as a "modern take on omakase"—omakase being the Japanese meal where the customer leaves it to the chef to take charge of the menu. Better yet, they partner up with farmers, fishermen, and other local artisans that highlight the best that Florida has to offer. Heading the kitchen at Soseki is Filipino chef Mike Collantes, who owns the Taglish Collective Restaurant Group and whose resume includes stints at the likes of the Wolfgang Puck Cafe, Jöel Robuchon in Las Vegas, 10 Arts by Eric Ripert, and more.

toro and caviar hitokuchi course
Soseki is known for serving up modern omakase multi-course meals that highlight local ingredients.
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Soseki Modern Omakase toro and caviar
Toro (fatty tuna belly) meets its briny match with caviar—plus puffed rice chips and Blanca Isabelle purple rice. 
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They're not afraid to go the playful route in their food, with combos like lamb with agnolotti, peaches, and chamomile. 
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Soseki Modern Omakase nigiri plate
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...And they take great-quality seafood to even more sumptuous heights with a brush of their house soy sauce. 
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In particular, the Michelin guide gushes over Soseki's "Scandinavian-style" sashimi, which has salmon cured a la gravlax and is kept company by smoked mozzarella. "The dish may sound busy, but each element unites so seamlessly and displays that desired balance between complexity and creativity," the guide shares on their website. Needless to say, it's definitely on our bucket list—and we look forward to hopefully seeing more Filipino-owned spots on Michelin's radar, soon!

For more information, visit the Michelin Guide's website.

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