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No, Aqui is not a Mexican restaurant but a creation of award-winning Austin chef Paul Qui. And a lovely place it is, with sleek, clean lines that extend to a covered space outside, mellow wood, blue-gray accents, and a long, open kitchen. We like the “Perfect Bite” section of the menu, offering items like an empanada-like pastry with coconut and banana in garlic cream, scallops served in their shell with radish, and a tempura shrimp with fresh betel leaves for wrapping (the ensaymada, a Filipino take on a ham-and-cheese sandwich, with ibérico and manchego, proved a bit dry). Larger dishes we relished? Tender Cornish hen stuffed with black sticky rice (which got a bit too sticky as time went on) and served with two sauces, garlic ginger and chile soy. Also, the bistek, an American wagyu skirt cut served sizzling on a metal pan with charred onions and white rice on the side. Filipino pandesal (“salt bread”) with coconut jam made us happy.

City: Houston


Drinks: Bar

Price: $$$

Rating: ★★

Address: 520 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX, 77006

Hours: D 7 days.

Phone: 713-360-7834

Website: www.aquihtx.com/

Last updated: October 9, 2017