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Yes, Uchi is an oft-discussed topic on this board, and I did a search but the threads tend to be short of specific dish recommendations, or old enough that with a frequently (or at least seasonally) changing menu, were no longer relevant.
So, i'm dining there soon after a long absence, what have you tried recently that i shouldn't miss? Something new that i'm likely to overlook?
I have been to Uchiko a few times since last at Uchi, so probably more interested in the menu items that don't overlap both places.
One person in our party is sushi-averse, but swears she's open minded and will make the effort since it's top-notch here, but cooked alternatives currently on the menu would be nice to hear about for backups.

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Uchi Restaurant
801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Uchiko
4200 North Lamar, Austin, TX 78756

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  1. I had the hamachi nabe back in April as part of a giant, blow-out meal, and I'm still dreaming about it...

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    1. re: Optimista

      Most things I eat at Uchi are raw, so I'm probably not much help, but I'll give it a whirl. I'm a huge fan of the hamchi nabe (formerly kona kompachi), too, and it would qualify as cooked. You might want to try a shag roll (tempura fried) as well. I love the hama chili and the machi cure, plus the hotate nigiri pieces.

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      Uchi Restaurant
      801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

    2. There are so many amazing things at that place... I always tend to focus on the daily specials, but I will say that the standard menu has a few rock solid choices, the number one of which I always get is the above mentioned hamachi cure. I dream of that dish. Also, the Uchiviche never ceases to make me happy.

      On the specials list, they almost always have a scallop dish, and they've always been winners for me. The last time I went there, my server told me that they actually have a guy somewhere (can't recall where, exactly) who's a free diver, selling pretty much exclusively to Uchi. I think he's only allowed to catch a fixed number of scallops a day, and they're overnighted to Austin. If the scallop dish of the day happens to be raw, you're in for an extra special treat.

      Also, the foie gras dish of the night is usually unbelievable. There was one time I went when it was "cold prepared," and that was the only bad dish I've ever had at Uchi, so if you ever see that, sadly avoid it.

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      Uchi Restaurant
      801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

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      1. re: popvulture

        I definitely agree on the foie gras recommendation. The Coffee Panna Cotta is briliant. I kind of view ordering sushi at Uchi as unadventorous. The cold and hot menu's are so creative, so don't play it safe.

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        Uchi Restaurant
        801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704