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If you follow my blog, you know I have a little crush on Paul Qui, winner of Top Chef Texas and Executive Chef of Uchiko.  I FINALLY got over to his trailer, East Side King, last week.  The husband and I had a little date night on the East side.  Now I went to Zavala for 4th grade and Martin Jr High for 7th and 8th, but my how things have changed.

We started out at East Side Show Room for cocktails, apps and split and entree.

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Cocktail Menu Selections

We chose the fried chickpeas, grilled shrimp and the quail with peaches – all to spilt.  We LOOOVE sitting at the bar whenever it is the two of us, taking to the bartenders and learning new things.  Then it was off to Shangri La– which happens to be right across the street, but I took us on a few blocks round about, which ended up nice as we saw so many interesting spots on East 6th.  In the back of Shangri La- hosts East Side King, Paul’s trailer.

Shangri La Location!

This is one of 3 locations- and the Husband ordered the cow tongue.  It came on a bed of rice with mint and tomato- almost a pico de gallo.   It was so fun to people watch and enjoy the 88 degree evening (all beit 100% humidity- can’t win them all).

So I am late to the party- but better late than never!

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A fun Friday night was had by all! Thank you to some good friends who included us in a private dinner at Uchiko- Austin’s darling restaurant by Tyson Cole. The highlight of the night (it is hard to pick) was meeting Top Chef Texas contender (and surely the winner) Paul Qui. The dinner consisted of 10 courses and 5 wine pairings. Delish! Even for a girl who doesn’t eat raw.
Uchiko backs to one of my favorite, sleepy neighborhoods, Rosedale. Quiet streets, walking distance to Central Market and all of that retail and shopping and Ramsey Park. The City of Austin did a major rehaul on the park last year and it is a kid favorite (good playground, splash pad for summer).

Hope your weekend shapes up to be as fun as our Friday night!

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