Qui quietly got rid of all tasting menus from the East 6th Street restaurant this month. The reintroduced a la carte menu replaces the former epic 20-to-25 course ticketed tasting menu and the regular dining room tasting menu.
The new menu spans Qui's signature dishes like the dinuguan, sisig, and cheddar cheese ice cream sandwiches, plus a few pulutan items like kabobs and lumpia tacos. Prices range from $4 to the pricey $150 (for two and a half pounds of rib steak). Check out last week’s menu below.
Qui underwent recent changes, with the arrest of owner and chef Paul Qui for assault and his subsequent entry into a treatment facility last month. Before that, there was the departure of chef de cuisine Jorge Hernandez. East Side King, Qui’s popular mini-chain, shuttered two outposts within the past two weeks: the Four Horsemen spot, and then the Thai Kun truck at Steampunk Saloon. Thai Kun, ESK's Thai-focused branch, opened its first brick and mortar in the Domain's Rock Rose district in February.
Now the only Austin restaurants currently using Tock, Nick Kokonas' ticketing system, are Qui’s other restaurant Otoko, and Larry McGuire’s Jeffrey’s and Josephine House, though only for special events.