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Qui to launch a $150 pp sushi restaurant in Austin

Rptrane | Jun 14, 201506:08 PM

As at the chef’s counter at Qui, Otoko will use a ticketing system, with dinner running about $150 per person. That may not compare to the cost of Masa, in New York, or Jiro, in Tokyo, but it’s certainly more expensive than anyplace else in Austin. The price point will allow the chef and his crew to work with decidedly higher-end ingredients, which, as Qui points out, are not solely about cost but about cultivating the right relationships with sourcers. To do so, Qui has been making trips to Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market to meet his actual buyer on the docks. “Mr. Yamamoto gets to work at midnight, Japan time,” he says. “So every morning in Austin, my guy will call to ask what he’s got for us.”

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