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Uchi - Perceptor's Photo Report

Perceptor Apr 3, 2008 09:09 AM

I just wanna thank the fellow chowhounders that gave me fantastic recommendations for my 1st Austin experience this past weekend. I wanna especially thank Honey Bee!!!

I will be posting my photo reports on the places I ate at and this one is all about my INSANELY amazing experience at Uchi....

I'm just gonna let my pictures and their captions to do the speaking for me because I'm still speechless after that meal... coming from LA, I thought HOW GOOD can this place be being in Texas.. as it turned out, it was one of the most creative meals i have ever had ANYWHERE....

Enjoy.. http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=9...

More photo report from my other meals to come...
- Sam's BBQ
- Torchy's Taco
- Polvo's
- Lambert's

===> Perceptor

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    Rene RE: Perceptor Apr 3, 2008 09:18 AM

    How cool are you? That was a great show. Thanks! I'll definitely be looking forward to the others...

    1. Homero RE: Perceptor Apr 3, 2008 09:23 AM

      Thanks for the great photos perceptor! Its been a while since I have been to Uchi, and I have my favorites (the maguro with apple, goat cheese and pumpkinseed oil) but I saw a lot of new things that I will have to go and try.

      1. sweet100s RE: Perceptor Apr 3, 2008 10:28 AM


        Please come to Austin lots more.

        Beautiful slideshow.

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          angusb RE: Perceptor Apr 3, 2008 11:11 AM

          Perceptor, that's a beautiful show. May I ask, what was the price for the omakase? Were you sharing with another person? And the plates pictured, were they an individual portion, or were some of them meant to be shared?

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            foodiegal71 RE: angusb Apr 3, 2008 11:31 AM

            Phenomenal! I need to go to Uchi RIGHT NOW!

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              Perceptor RE: angusb Apr 3, 2008 01:33 PM

              ~$120 per person on the food.... all the plates were shared by me and my wife... if this restaurant was in LA, it would easily be $200+ per person...

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                angusb RE: Perceptor Apr 3, 2008 01:56 PM

                So, for the items that you received only one piece of (clam, duck, eggplant, shown as five individual items on one plate, I believe), you were required to split each of those items two ways? Or, choose who got which piece? Torturous.

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                  Perceptor RE: angusb Apr 3, 2008 02:40 PM

                  1/4 bite for the wife and 3/4 bite for me :-)

            2. sweet100s RE: Perceptor Apr 3, 2008 02:07 PM


              What you have done is showcase the experience of dining at Uchi in a way that their website certainly does not.

              With more professionally-edited annotations, you could package that as a product / service for restaurants which they could add to their websites.

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                Carter B. RE: Perceptor Apr 3, 2008 05:20 PM

                Great, report. Thanks for sharing. Uchi is definitely the most exciting of the trendy restaurants in Austin. I keep comparing it to Momofuku.

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                  Honey Bee RE: Carter B. Apr 4, 2008 07:41 AM

                  I like Uchi more than I like Momofuku :)

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                    Carter B. RE: Honey Bee Apr 4, 2008 09:44 AM

                    Agreed. But I think in food attitude they are doing similar things. Restaurant wise they are different but trendy I guess.

                2. Honey Bee RE: Perceptor Apr 4, 2008 07:35 AM

                  You are very welcome. I am thrilled that you had a good experience at Uchi and I look forward to your future photo reports.

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                    singlemalt RE: Perceptor Apr 4, 2008 09:51 AM

                    Dude, nice photo essay. I was studying your pics from a technical view as well. Would you please enlighten us with some specs for your photos, e.g, f stop, ISO, lens, etc. Thanks, J.

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                      Perceptor RE: singlemalt Apr 4, 2008 10:33 AM

                      was using my canon 40D... using one of the quickest lens the 50mm f1.4 lens... thats why i shot the entire dinner without flash... i think my iso was 400-800 throughout the dinner...

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                        Perceptor RE: singlemalt Apr 6, 2008 09:46 PM

                        oh yeah... wiiiide open.. f1.4-1.6 most of the shots

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                      RuthieBaby RE: Perceptor Apr 4, 2008 09:40 PM

                      Just chiming in with all the others . . . thank you for taking us along on your Uchi journey. Though I've been there many a time myself (and always LOVE it), it was still exciting to go through your album. I'm going to have to indulge in the omakase sometime. Definitely droolworthy.

                      1. curlykerry RE: Perceptor Apr 5, 2008 07:24 AM

                        Your photos are lovely. Look like something out of a magazine!
                        I haven't been to Uchi in quite awhile. Thanks to you, I will make it a point to return soon.

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                          ktwdw129 RE: Perceptor Apr 6, 2008 08:26 AM

                          Amazing pics. - glad you had a good visit. Uchi is definitely one of my fave food experiences ever.

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                            Baby Ruth RE: Perceptor Apr 10, 2008 03:45 PM

                            This looks amazing! I'm in L.A., too but am coming to Austin in May ... How far in advance do you need to/can you reserve? Also, I noticed that the nigiri seems to all come in two pieces, which is great for sharing, but I may be dining alone ... Did you see anyone who only got one piece or is that not possible with omakase there? Thanks!

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                              Perceptor RE: Baby Ruth Apr 10, 2008 04:46 PM

                              baby ruth...
                              I booked Uchi 1 week in advance. Uchi is a very popular place so if you already know when you wanna go there, might as well book it early to secure a good time. Im sure they can do 1 piece just for you. We got 2 pieces because it was for me and my wife. Remember to eat at the sushi bar, it enhances your meal when you have rapport with the chef.

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