After much buzz and anticipation, Paul Qui’s Miami restaurant, Pao at the Dome, officially unveils itself tonight inside the Faena Hotel Miami Beach.
The restaurant is the first concept outside of Austin, Texas for the chef and his Austin-based restaurant partners, New Waterloo. The wide-ranging menu features dishes with a variety of international influences including Filipino, Spanish, Japanese and French flavors. And as most Miami Beach restaurants like to do, it has an "extensive crudo" and "small plates" menu made utilizing a number of techniques like smoke and charcoal cooking using the restaurant’s binchotan service, where dishes are seared table-side on Japanese charcoal.
There is nothing low-key about the design of Faena Miami Beach and Pao at the Dome is no different. The Dome space is described as a "highly modern sphere with ocean views overlooking the courtyard of the hotel." It features gold leaf walls and a patterned gold leaf design on the ceiling of the dome, a Carrara marble bar with mirrored black shelves along with the $6.5 million gold-leaf unicorn sculpture by Damien Hirst on display in the center of the room. To contrast all the bling of the space itself, Pao has also incorporated plenty of "natural elements" such as wood tables, leather banquettes and custom designed hand-thrown stoneware plates.
Pao at the Dome is now open Sunday to Thursday from 6 to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. until midnight. Call 844-798-9713 to book your spot.