No other Austin restaurant opening in recent memory has garnered the amount of buzz and attention as Qui.
That excitement and anticipation bring expectations of chef-owner Paul Qui. It also presents a duality: One camp, blinded by adoration, will likely love whatever the affable “Top Chef” winner puts out while another group will hold the former Uchiko executive chef to an impossible standard.
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1600 E. 6th St. 512-436-9626, QuiAustin.com
Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Hours: 5 to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Prices: Smallish plates, $8-$20; Bigger plates, $16-$150; Desserts, $8-$12.
What the rating means: The 10-point scale is an average of weighted scores for food, service, value, ambience and overall dining experience, with 10 being the best.
The Bottom Line: Qui has quickly carved a place for itself in the ranks of Austin’s 10 best restaurants, and once it fully finds its stride, has the potential to land in the top three.