After all of his successes, Paul opened several Asian inspired food trucks called East Side King. He just recently opened the first brick and mortar version so of course, we had to go!
You might find the menu slightly intimidating if you aren't an Asian food connoisseur, but they make everything on the menu completely accessible and utterly delectable. Just order everything I ate below and you will do great! Or the people that work there are awesome too and you can ask for their recommendations.
Needless to say, if you are ever in Austin, definitely eat here! The restaurant location is located at the bar called Hole in the Wall. (The other three food trucks are located around Austin). It's also a very "Austin" location with funky wall art and fun people-we loved every minute on the patio on a beautiful Spring evening.
Here's Paul Qui's biography if you wanted to know a little more about him:
Paul Qui is the recipient of the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Southwest 2012, and the winner of Top Chef Season 9. Born in Manila, Philippines and trained in classic French and Japanese cuisine, Paul takes a modernist approach towards food, where there are no boundaries. Starting as a stage, Paul worked his way up the ranks of Uchi to Chef de Cuisine and eventually Executive Chef at Uchiko. While training under Uchi Chef and Owner Tyson Cole, Paul learned to adapt traditional Japanese dishes with an eye towards local flavor, all while incorporating influences from South East Asian and European cuisine. Paul is currently the chef/owner of his flagship restaurant, qui, which opens in Spring 2013. He is also the co-founder and chef/owner of East Side King, a group of Asian-inspired street food trailers and restaurants in Austin, Texas.