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“Top Chef” winner Paul Qui’s Aqui is here in Houston, and the food looks delicious Facebook/Aqui

The Houston Chronicle has a first-look at popular “Top Chef” and James Beard award-winning chef Paul Qui’s new restaurant in Houston.

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Aqui aims to fuse Filipino fare with other Southwestern Asian influences, but Qui confesses: “My secret hope is that it’s really more of a Filipino restaurant.”

A section of the menu features “Perfect Bites” (small tastes from $2.50–$12), a hot entrees, rice and noodle dishes and desserts.

Intriguing dishes include tuna Kinilaw, which has coconut, hearts of palm, jack fruit, coconut vinegar and coconut milk, and dinuguan, a stew of pig’s blood.

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The new restaurant is located at 520 Westheimer Road.

Anna Caplan contributes to Rare Houston and Rare Animals. 
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