Coming Soon: “Taglish” - A Filipino-American Concept from Chef Mike Collantes and Tung Brothers
Release: Aug 30, 2019. For Immediate Release.
Chef Michael Collantes, former culinary director of Bento Group, announced today that their Filipino-American restaurant will open its doors in Fall 2019, at the Lotte Plaza Market, 3191 West Colonial Drive, Orlando. Taglish is the first restaurant collaboration between chef Michael Collantes and restauranteurs Jimmy and Johnny Tung — owners of the successful BENTO Asian Kitchen + Sushi.
Filipino cuisine is a vastly under represented cuisine not just in Orlando but in the United States compared to their neighboring Asian countries. With 7,641 individual islands that represent the Philippines, cuisine varies from place to place but has multi cultural representation from China, Spain, Malaysia, India and America.
The word “Taglish” is a slang term that refers to the main spoken language of Filipinos— an intertwining of Tagalog and English. As a cuisine, Taglish will represent the perspective of second-generation Filipino-Americans. It’s an homage to Filipino heritage and American upbringing.
The menu hopes to bring familiar staples in Filipino cuisine such as “Chicken Adobo” (the national dish of Philippines) marinated and braised chicken with garlic, soy and vinegar, “Kare Kare” a slow cooked falling off the bone oxtail and peanut stew, and of course “lumpia” crispy pork spring rolls. Beyond those offerings the menu will explore the American side of Fil-Am food with longanisa burgers, fried chicken and mango lemonade.
The fast casual concept will reside in the new Lotte Market (opened in Feb 2019) an Asian supermarket with a food hall lineup of various cuisines. The Market is a great platform for Taglish, as it showcases such a wide variety of Asian ingredients not common in most stores.
“On a Sunday evening of shopping, my wife leaned in and said this could be a great spot for filipino food. We looked around and when I saw whole monkfish, trays of uni and vegetables that I had to take a screenshot and ask my parents about, I knew we had found something special.” - Mike Collantes
ABOUT THE CHEF
Chef Collantes, an Orlando native, started his culinary career graduating from Valencia Community College and spending 4 years at the since closed Wolfgang Puck Cafe in Disney Springs, leaving as the chef of their sushi department. Michael then worked at the 3 michelin starred Joel Robuchon at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, a chef that holds the most michelin stars in the world and named “Chef of the Century” by the guide Gault Millau. There he worked under MOF (Meilleur Ouvrier de France) Chef Claude Le Tohic of the recently opened ONE65 in San Francisco. Michael would then find his mentor chef Jennifer Carroll while working for Chef Eric Ripert of Le Bernadin at his sister restaurant in Philadelphia. Chef Jen who spent multiple seasons on Top Chef, mentored Michael as they traveled across the country doing pop up dinners for Top Chef and the James Beard Foundation. Michael would then find himself as the executive chef for Bar Masa the now closed restaurant in the Aria Casino in Las Vegas by chef Masa Takayama, the only 3 starred michelin chef in America. The last stop for Chef Collantes before coming back to Orlando was his time in Hawaii as the opening executive chef at Park Restaurant in Waikiki and working under chef Chris Kajoika at Vintage Cave, regarded as the best restaurant on the islands at the time. Taglish marks both his homecoming and the return to his Filipino-American roots.
“The hope of our team is to cook really good food, showcase our culture and add to where the #filipinofoodmovement is going.” - Mike Collantes
Taglish the new Filipino-American restaurant will open in Fall 2019. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with the latest. More details can be found on their site 
Name: Michael Collantes (more bio at )
Organization: Taglish Filipino-American Fare
Address: Lotte Plaza Market, 3191 West Colonial Drive, Orlando Email: [insert email] Phone: (555) 555-5555