Top Chef winner Paul Qui of Uchiko fame does not have, as his first priority, satisfying the desperate needs of curious fans who want to know if he's opening a noodle house or a Japanese curry place or what. Eater National talked to Qui at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic over the weekend, and learned basically that Paul Qui is toying with our little hearts the way a cat toys with a catnip mouse that loves the cat's Jar Jar Duck. When asked what's next in the Qui restaurant world, he says:
There's going to be two to three surprises in Austin, maybe one at East Side King, one at my restaurants. I've been purposely vague about it. [laughter] It'll be more fun for you guys if it's a surprise.Of the rumored noodle house: "If I spent the time in Japan learning how to make noodles, I'd consider it." But he hasn't. Of the rumored Japanese curry: "Deny!" What he will confirm: he's doing a pop-up in New York City later this summer.