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Who's been to the soft openings already? what are the must tries? We're going tomorrow and I can hardly wait!

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  1. We went on Thursday and it was really fabulous. the tuna and watermelons with cilantro was out of this world and the hasuma or asumo (or something like that) roll was also amazing. The wbyumom (steak with peaches) was good, but not off the charts - stick to the sushi and fish.

    overall we were very impressed with the whole experience.

    1. What was the noise level like? That is my main complaint with Uchi.

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      Uchi Restaurant
      801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

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      1. re: Helind

        I talked to someone who has been and he says it's LOUD. Had to lean over to hear the person across the table.

        1. re: mkfoodie

          that's true - it was pretty loud. but i didn't find it to be a problem.

      2. Order the rabbit with the poached egg. It's on the left side of the menu. It is FANTASTIC. I went twice this past weekend and almost ordered it again the second time. But I had to stop myself since I wanted to try some different stuff. Everything else is wonderful, but the rabbit is a showstopper.

        Also, I heard so many employees rave about the Tobacco Cream dessert. At that point I couldn't resist trying it, but it didn't wow me like I expected it to based on all the comments. Instead I'd have to recommend the corn dessert. It was really a perfect dessert and ended the meal beautifully. (I also got to try the chevre dessert. This one is a close second to the corn dessert. It's bold with the flavors - chevre and balsamic vinegar in a dessert? But pure genius. Try it if you aren't looking for sweet and want to be wowed.)

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        1. re: italyvespa

          Is there a way to "crash" the soft opening? Are people making reservations, or just showing up at the door? I would love to get in there while food is still half-price!

          1. re: thereman

            I'd love to crash it too....what's the secret?

            1. re: NWLarry

              There is no secret - if you call, they will tell you that they are accepting a limited number of walk-ins from 5:00 - 6:30, and that the rest of the evening is reserved for "special guests and friends of Uchi"....

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              Uchi Restaurant
              801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

                1. re: NWLarry

                  I was able to reserve through Open Table this Friday at 5:30.

                  1. re: amysuehere

                    The Bacon Sen (ordered it twice) and the Rabbit were to die for! Absolutely amazing! The flounder was super tender in the sushi menu and I also really liked the beef tongue (which surprised me).

                    1. re: amysuehere

                      How did that work? I keep getting a message that they aren't taking online reservations until after the 6th. Sure you didn't get a reservation with Uchi?

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                      Uchi Restaurant
                      801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

                      1. re: Lixer

                        Uchiko
                        4200 N Lamar Blvd. Suite 140

                        Nope. It's Uchiko. Got lucky, I guess.

                        I went to the Uchiko website and then to open table from their link.

                        1. re: Lixer

                          they could very well be booked up already but take limited walkins from 5-6:30

            2. Went last Friday and can recommend the following...

              ao saba - norwegian mackerel dish in the Grill section that is different from one listed online. came with huckleberry, juniper, and black forest mushrooms. this really was amazing. mackerel was grilled to perfection with crispy skin and moist flesh. the sweet piquancy of the huckleberry sauce played nicely with the fish, and the juniper flavor was subtle (almost unnoticeable) which i preferred. the mushrooms were quite delicious as well, seared very nicely

              coconut milk crepe - uchiko's take on a vietnamese banh xeo, in the Agemono section. the crepe definitely wasn't like an authentic egg-crepe, it was more doughy, which one of our companions Didn't like. ours came with blue prawns instead of lobster as listed online. the nuoc mam (fish sauce) was delicious, had a hint of a hot and sour element in it. eaten as lettuce wrap with fresh herbs, this was very refreshing i thought.

              ika yaki - cuttlefish was good, but is really good when you assemble the perfect bite. not the same as listed on website in the Hot section. this one had sorrel and mint in it. the mint really made it i think.

              hiramasa yaki - amberjack had a really good combination with the dried apples, in the COOL section. sorry, don't remember much else, but i Did like it...

              sweet corn sorbet - i've had this before at uchi and really liked it both times. everything on the plate has some element of corn to it (corn sorbet, polenta, corn meal sand, etc)

              bacon sen - i was told that this pork belly dish was amazing, but they had run out by the time we had gotten there... :/

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              1. re: abidonfood

                My wife and I went to Uchiko for one of the "soft opening" nights last Thursday, and yes, it was fabulous, with many, many highlights. But, what I can't believe is that no one has mentioned that all the menu items are half-price until the grand opening on July 6!

              2. Any word on how busy it has been for the soft opening? I just realised that I have an anniversary to celebrate with my beau tomorrow and that it would be fun to try to get in, even if we have to drive seperately from work.

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                1. re: Lixer

                  It's been slamming. You better try your luck with Opentable.com if there are any spots left.

                  1. re: Lixer

                    My wife and I went Tuesday and got there at like 5:15; we only had to wait a few minutes for a table. We didn't make a reservation. But by 5:30 or 5:45, there were definitely dozens of people waiting in the bar area for a table.