Carlos Larcada of Pao Town, an increasingly popular Asian fusion joint in Coral Gables, has some solid suggestions about how to scrumptiously wok-toss Brussels sprouts and why dry chicken wings are just better. And who doesnâ€™t take the advice of a gentleman in a bowtie? Chat Chow TV pulled up a seat next to Larcada to discuss.
â€œPao Town really came out of food that everyone loves to eat,â€ Larcada explains. â€œWe like to joke here that itâ€™s the kind of food that you need to take into a corner, take your shirt off and eat every privately.â€
And yet, thereâ€™s nothing exclusive about Pao Townâ€™s exotically familiar feel. Pao Town takes a cheeky tone, from its kitschy name to Korean video girls looping on flat-screens throughout. Couple that with communal tables, lived-in reclaimed dÃ©cor, and dishes that Larcada refers to as â€œâ€™Nomsâ€ (because you just wanna munch â€˜em all up), and you have an experience thatâ€™s anything but taboo.
Larcada explains what he was going for: â€œIt goes back to that kind of food you love to eat. We really wanted items that you can come [eat] for lunch with coworkers, but you can also bring your lady on a Saturday night and not make her feel like youâ€™re taking her to grab-n-go chicken.â€
Complementing the food menu is Pao Townâ€™s well-edited list of libations, from curated craft beers to complex cocktails, like the Sake Sangria (junmai sake, pomegranate and lychee juice, and green and oolong teas blended with fig, lychees, mango, and pineapple).
Watch the video above to get a sense of Pao Townâ€™s laid-back vibe, Larcadaâ€™s favorite menu item (thereâ€™s wasabi ranch involved), and when you can show up for $1 drafts.If you love Soul Of Miami, please consider leaving a testimonial.
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