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Jun 11, 2008 11:02 AM


After a long time away we are returning to Austin for a few days next week. I have read gret things about Uchi and booked us a table.

Can I get some opinions about what we shouldn't miss? We are both adventurous but our Japanese food experience to date has been restricted to fairly pedestrian sushi, especially now we are back in the UK. So, what should we try? I'd be grateful for any ideas. The menu sounds so great and I don't want to miss out on any gems.

Also, has anyone had the omakase and what is likely to be the price tag? Says 'market price' which is meaningless to me but suggests expensive ...

Thanks in advance ... I can't wait to go!

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  1. I am really fond of their Maguro sashimi appetizer with apples, goat cheese and pumpkin seed oil. I also like their tako pops, but you might get more bang for your buck with something else. The bacon steakie is yummy.

    1. The omakase has been $200-$220 for two people the times I've had it. It's well worth it, in my opinion. You can tell the server what you like and don't like and they'll tailor it to your tastes.

      I don't have any don't miss suggestions - my favorite dish there has been there black cod but I don't think it's on the menu at the moment. I'd avoid the uchi shot - I tried it because it sounded cool (quail egg and sea urchin with wine) but it seemed pointless. I also wasn't a fan of the hot rock dishes, I had a problem with the food sticking to the rock, but that might just be me.

      I'd suggest you ask your server to recommend something if you don't want to go for the omakase, they all seem pretty familiar with the food.

      1. I have no feedback about Uchi but can relate about UK's Japanese cuisine cuz I lived there a couple years ago. Ugh. If you get to A'dam on occasion you might check out the restaurant at Hotel Okura (Yamazato), which is top notch.

        1. The Hamachi cure is a staple and always good. And the *relatively* new foie gras and bone marrow additions seem to be the local trend and are also good.

          1. My wife loves the fried Brie (maybe Brie tempura?).