Birthday weekend coming up, Uchiko suggestions please
My wife and I have birthdays on consecutive days (22nd, 23rd). This year we are planning on spending the night of the 21st in Austin, where our oldest daughter goes to school. We live in San Antonio.
Booked a suite at the Hotel San Jose and have reservations at Uchiko.
Any specific items there we shouldn't miss?
Wow, what an amazing meal! Service was spot-on, had an amazing time. Had comments from the staff on how well I ordered, thanks to all of your help. Can't recall call many meals with this many courses with absolutely no misses. Four of us had the following, mostly in order:
Shisito peppers (only course I went with my own choice, was excellent)
Japanese Uni (first try with uni, figured if I didn't like the $10/piece stuff, I don't like Uni, was amazing)
Jar Jar Duck
Sweet Corn Sorbet
Apricot Jam, coconut gelato special
What, no love for the corn sorbet dessert?! That is my favorite dessert in Austin. The creaminess and the caramelly popcorn salt and the incredible texture can't be beat! Anyway I mainly wanted to chime in to discourage you from doing omakase there on your first visit. The omakase is usually whimsical and the dishes, while fun and unusual, can be hit or miss (such is the nature of improv art!). I have done the omakase there three times, the last being this past NYE. A mix of so-so and oh-my-god delicious. The stuff everyone else mentioned above won't disappoint you. Those Brussels sprouts are killer; I would add the maguro sashimi and goat cheese. Also I always like to do at least one roll. Get the shag roll and tears of joy will run down your face. Avofry is good too, just make sure it's the version from the dinner menu and not the sake social menu. Also the cheap unfiltered sake is actually good! Takara nigori, I believe it is called...
We went last month and tried a couple of new things. The ones that stood out were the Jar Jar Duck and the Pork Cheek. Oh the pork cheek. I want to eat that every day for the rest of my life. With Uni on the side.
I second the tobacco cream. It's my favorite dessert in Austin.
From the "Everyday Menu" my wife and I love the hama chili, the maguro sashimi, the golden beets, the brussel sprouts, both chicken dishes and the pork belly however they serve it. We tend to stay away from the wagyu beef but admit it's good, it's just run its course for our palates. same with the sous vide beef ribs - way too pricey for what you get back in flavor. Our favorite desserts are the fried milk and the tobacco cream (especially if either of you are scotch / cigar fans). We also like the hamachi sashimi with apples. The fried chicken is a nice way to get some filling food in for relatively cheap. have fun, it's always a grand night to go to one of the "chi's". Luckier still if Jasmine serves you.