The Place: Pao by Paul Qui. It’s a new date-night contender that’s a bit Filipino, a touch Japanese and a whisper French. It’s open now at the Faena Hotel Miami Beach, and we’ve done the not-so-dirty work of properly surveying the land for you.
Here now: our findings…
The Hype: There’s a big-time chef behind it. The Reality: Yep. That’d be Paul Qui. He’s won a James Beard Award and cut his teeth at a few spots in Austin before he got to us. Try not to hold that against him.
The Hype: You’ll be eating unicorn. The Reality: Sort of. There’s a dish called the Unicorn made up of sea urchin and sake aioli. But you’ll also find binchotan-grilled seafood, peanut gazpacho and a two-pound roasted Kurobuta pork butt.