In an unassuming modern white building on the East side of Austin sits Qui. No flashing lights, no sign twirling teenager out front, not even a sign on the building to indicate what it might be, but all the culinary enthusiasts of Austin know exactly what it is. They have been waiting for this since Paul Qui won season 9 of Top Chef.
The restaurant only seats about 50 people so you may have time stop at the bar and choose from a large wine list or one of their specialty cocktails and enjoy it on the patio. There is no food service at the bar or on the patio.
The open kitchen, which almost acts as a focal point, gives diners the chance to watch all the chefs focused on their part in making the meals. It’s impressive to watch the coordinated effort of everyone which reminds me of a NASCAR pit stop where it looks like chaos but a closer look reveals every move is planned with one outcome in mind, to give you the best experience possible.
From the architecture, to the decor, to the drinks and the food it’s apparent that every detail was thought out and lends itself to a great evening. The menu presents you with many unique chances to taste Paul Qui’s creativeness and skill which placed him atop all others on Top Chef.