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