Bistro 88 is good. More upscale fusion than a typical Asian restaurant. I think Tom's post is very
close to my experiences in Austin. Asia Cafe, Chen's Noodle House, T&S Seafood, Ho Ho and
First Chinese Bar-B-Que are also good spots.
2712 Bee Caves Rd Ste 124, Austin, TX 78746
Chen's Noodle House
8650 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78759
My parents are from Hong Kong and are extremely picky Asian cuisine eaters. So with that being said... We have tried a few places that have satisfied them at times.
1) Fortune on braker and Lamar. This place is pretty good but they lack a consistent fresh live seafood selection. Especially if you speak Cantonese you can order direct from one of the lead chefs Mr. Chen. Dinner and wkend Dim Sum are probably their best offerings.
2) Ho ho Chinese BBQ in IH35 is a good place plenty of fresh live seafood to choose from. Cok to order and their Chinese BBQ is some f the best in Austin. Atmosphere is horrible. This used to be an old Denny's location or something. Previous owners of Din Ho on 183.
3) T&S is a decent place but dirty. Dim sum is decent on wkends. Fresh live seafood selection also marginal.
4) Din Ho Chinese BBQ is decent as well but dingy and dirty. BBQ is great there closer than Ho Ho for those living closer to town. They have a separate chinese menu on a chalk board for the authentic non-whitafied cuisine.
Hope this helps.
Hong Kong Restaurant
812 S Guadalupe St, San Marcos, TX 78666
If you're looking for restaurants of the same pan-asian contemporary ilk, Austin has few. Instead, here are some different-genre substitutions.
For sushi, try Mushashino on Mopac. You'll spend around the same amount, and the vibe will definitely be "Asian."
For Chinese, try Din Ho on 183. This place is the best Chinese in Austin, but it is dirty and if you're a gringo, you may get fairly disinterested service. Nothing like Uchi in vibe, if this is for a date night. If you need upscale Chinese, I'm not sure Austin does it. Chinatown above Mushashino is probably your best bet, but it isn't great or all that fancypants, really.
For "modern cuisine", including a raw bar that is vaguely similar to the pan-asian approach of Uchi and Uchiko, try Parkside downtown on 6th. Great raw oysters and modern americana. Similar feel, similar price range.
There are numerous Vietnamese and Thai selections, but if you were going to Uchi, none of them are really in the same class as far as vibe or spend. On the Viet front, I'd probably take Tam Deli at the head of the pack, but I'm pretty sure it isn't even close to what you're looking for. If you really need a Vietnamese fine dining experience, Sunflower and La Soliel are your best best, and really close to each-other. Roll dice.
801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Tam Deli & Cafe
8222 N Lamar Blvd Ste D33, Austin, TX 78753
re: tom in austin
I would not classify Sunflower as "fine dining" under any circumstances. Their food is great, but the atmosphere is on the Din Ho level, in my opinion, and more than once I have had an entire meal with nary a refill of the water glass. I've only eaten at La Soliel once, but as I recall it was far too casual to be escribed as fine dining, but the food was good.