As summer heats up, so will Faena's restaurant Pao by Paul Qui, featuring a packed schedule of culinary happenings all season long.
From communal dinners based on Japanese omakase traditions and Sundown Socials where small bites are enjoyed on the restaurant’s oceanfront terrace, to crudo classes and Chef Collectives, Pao is brimming with inventive flavors and entertaining ways to escape the summer temperatures.
Summer Tasting Menu
James Beard award-winning chef Paul Qui introduces an irresistible Summer Tasting Menu. The four-course, prix-fixe menu is available for $55 per person (plus taxes and service charge) every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday through the end of July.
Qui is known for inventively fusing flavors from cuisines as varied as Filipino, Spanish, Japanese and French and this new epicurean adventure does not disappoint. His expertise is given its full chance to shine when paired with ingredients sourced from Miami’s finest local purveyors.
Delve into the first course with a choice of Octopus Aguachile seasoned with tomatillo, Serrano chili, and green apple, or Kinilaw—starring cobia, a heart of palm, coconut milk, red onion and cilantro. The second step showcases Qui’s famous East Side King Fried Chicken served with sweet chili sauce, roasted banana ketchup and jalapeño. The entrées cater to carnivores and pescatarians alike with an option of two new dishes to the Pao menu: an Aged Beef Striploin with black garlic and charred onion and Fresh Florida Snapper flavored with cilantro and chili “Patis,” and served with a side of garlic-ginger rice. A decadent finale offers a choice of whipped white chocolate ganache with Yuzu Sake Sorbet, Thai basil, and kaffir lime meringue or a delicious Dirt Cup of cheesecake pudding, dried chocolate mousse, passion fruit, preserved rose and pistachio to round out the menu.
Both critics and diners celebrate Pao’s original dishes. Eater Miami named it ‘Restaurant of the Year’ in 2016 and customers back up the accolade saying it’s a blend of flavors like nothing they’ve ever tasted before.
Pao is also launching a series of lively Sundown Socials on its oceanfront terrace to keep your spirits high all summer long. Sip on specially priced cocktails, beer and wine and snack on a menu of Chef Paul Qui’s innovative small plates. Join us on June 21 to raise a glass to the start of a fabulous Miami summer and celebrate the first of many Sundown Social events happening every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening throughout the season.
To add even more heat to the summer, Paul Qui will welcome New York-based chef Daniel Burns for a Chef Collective experience on July 25 at 7:00 pm. As the former head of Luksus, a Michelin-starred seasonal tasting menu restaurant, and the current owner of Tørst, a popular craft beer bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Burns is sure to add a hoppy explosion of flavor to the dishes at Pao.
Art of Crudo Class
Finally, when the August heat becomes too much to bear, escape to Faena for an Art of Crudo Class with Chef Qui, where guests learn the art of preparing the perfect crudo dishes from around the world including ceviche, sashimi, carpaccio, and more. Cool off with freshly muddled cocktails while Pao’s chefs walk you through ingredient preparations and cooking techniques such as slicing, marinating and curing. The most difficult part of the class? Deciding which dish you like best.
To make a reservations visit www.opentable.com or call +1 786 655 5600. For tickets to Pao events, visit www.paofaenamiami.tocktix.com