Cobaya Miami underground experiment #76 was a fun Kamayan Feast prepared by Chef Paul Qui and his team at Pao located at the Faena Hotel in Miami Beach.
I'm a big fan of Paul's creative and flavorful food. Thus, this was our second Cobaya dinner with Paul and one of many dinners I've enjoyed from him. His first Cobaya dinner was a real home run. For that dinner, as encouraged, Paul deviated from the restaurants regular menu and decided to cook a Filipino inspired feast (see link below for recap).
For his second voyage into the Cobaya Kitchen, he once again opted to tap into his Filipino background. This time he went full Filipino on us and treated the guinea pigs to a traditional Kamayan Feast. What is a Kamayan feast? In a nutshell, it's an intimate no holds barred communal dining experience a/k/a a "boodle fight." Long table, banana leaves, mounds of white rice and loads and loads of delicious treats.
Traditionally, there are no plates or utensils and diners dig in with their hopefully clean hands. Perfectly acceptable for the Cobaya crowd. But this was at the swanky Faena Hotel so plates and utensils were placed around the table for those inclined to be "proper."
The guinea pigs stuffed their faces with
Loup de Mer
Grilled Green Onions
Garlic and Black Pepper Vinegar
If you missed my recaps of Paul's killer Cobaya dinner followed by his omakase dinner two days later or his fantastic kaiseki dinner with Yoshi Okai they are linked below.
Kaiseki Dinner with Yochi Okai
Pao by Paul Qui
3201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
Hours of Operation
6:00pm – 11:00pm (Sunday – Thursday)
6:00pm – 12:00am (Friday & Saturday)
Phone +1 786 655 5600 / + 1 844 798 9712