I couldn’t leave Austin without visiting one of their top places for high quality Japanese cuisine, Uchi. Having visited Uchiko a few years back, I was excited to try out the place that started it all. Being a big fan of traditional Japanese cuisine, I have to say, this “contemporary” take was very impressive. I can see why it’s hard to land a reservation here. Going solo was my only advantage on this busy night. Instant bar seating for the win!
When you’re at the bar, you will get a personal chef. I sat at Naomi’s station. She made sure I got a good sampling of the food here. I went with their omakase which cost between $100-$150 USD. It included everything from their sushi, where a majority of the fish was flown in from Tsukiji market, to their beautifully plated dishes. It was going to be a long dinner. But all the chefs behind the counter made it all the worthwhile. They’re all friendly, very talkative, and even recommended a few other places to try while I was in town. Perfect info for my next trip to Austin.
As you can tell, service was spot on. There wasn’t a dull moment. My beer was endless. My belly was filling up. And my mind was being fed, as staff patiently described the described the dishes to me. I did take my dinner toward the side of sushi over the entrees. But when you’re importing in fish, how could I not. Glad this place could strike a balance between the two.
801 South Lamar￼ ￼Boulevard
Austin, TX 78704
+1 (512) 916-4808
Verdict: Definitely worth a visit, even when you’re in the BBQ heart of America.