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Gastronomy, Elevated

Qui's a good choice for a special occasion, which might simply mean a night you want to experience the creative cutting edge of American cuisine. Chef Paul Qui (of Top Chef and James Beard Award fame) and his team use the choicest ingredients and wide-ranging styles and techniques from East Asia to the American South--and make plenty of respectful nods to Austin's edible heritage--as they whip up supremely elegant, supremely inspired dishes that can be winningly paired with equally refined cocktails.

The wide-open kitchen--which guests at the bar have particularly up-close views of--anchors the whole setup, and half the fun is watching these masterful foodmakers do their stuff. The culinary daring and hipster sensibility going down at Qui well reflect its East Austin neighborhood.

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