Otoko, Paul Qui’s highly anticipated Japanese restaurant within the South Congress Hotel, is getting closer to its January opening. Stairs leading up to the windowless 12-seat counter restaurant can be found within the hotel’s open courtyard. At the top, the rusted door features the name of the restaurant spelled out vertically in perforated holes.
Qui wanted to open the intimate Otoko because he "missed making sushi," as he told Eater previously. The restaurant’s tasting menu will consist of Tokyo-style sushi and Kyoto-style kaiseki. Yoshi Okai, from East Side King’s Hole in the Wall, will join him in the kitchen. Ticketed reservations for around $150 will be made through Tock. Qui is also currently in the midst of opening another restaurant as part of Faena Hotel Miami Beach, complete with a Damien Hirst unicorn.
Cafe No Se debuted with the rest of Hotel South Congress in September. The second restaurant, Central Standard, is on track to open in mid-December. Manana, the juice bar and coffee shop, will open sometime in January.