Uchiko - how long would an omakase meal take (pressed for time)?
For an upcoming trip to Austin, have decided to add Uchiko to the lineup. Assuming I have an 8:15 p.m. flight out of AUS, would showing up at 5 p.m. sharp give me enough time to do the omakase? I figure I'll want to be leaving Uchiko around 6:30 p.m., so I have about 90 minutes for this.
In absence of omakase, I assume one would be able to have a "regular" meal there w/o any time problems...
you will have no problem having a regular meal and making your flight, I've never had the omakase, so I can't comment on that
Funny... I had to look up the definition of omakase to verify, because I for some reason only associated it with sushi restaurants. The reason I wanted to check was because I think getting sushi at Uchi/Uchiko is a waste of money and experience... their sushi is great, but the tastings (both the menu standards and the specials) are really the thing to go for.
SO... now that I know that omakase is chef's choice at any kind of Japanese restaurant, I can say that yes, I have done it at Uchi before. It was an absolute ton of food; at one point we had to tell our server that we had reached capacity, and there were apparently a few more dishes on the way. Even without the rest of the dishes, the bill was pretty high– I believe around $350 for two people.
Having been through that experience, I'd suggest just ordering a few dishes– when I go with someone else, we usually get between 4–5 and maybe get a dessert. I love the cold tastings, especially anything involving smoked hamachi. Both restaurants do an excellent take on ceviche, and the nightly specials (hot and cold) are usually the stars of the night. The Jar Jar Duck is absolutely fantastic as a hot option, and the tobacco cream dessert is other-worldly.
Hope that helps!
2 hours at uchiko gives a lovely non rushed experince..but "showing up" at 5:00 sharp does not guarntee getting seated at 5 sharp.. call make reservations and tell them you have a flight and they will be more than accomidating
You won't make it in time if you do the Omakase. I've done it many times and it usually takes about 2 hours, sometimes more. I swear, I think the first time we did it it was closer to 3 hours. Also, I'm so full after that that there's no way I'd want to be on a plane right after that.
If you tell them your time constraints upfront, they'll bend over backwards to accommodate you. It's an amazing service they have there.
2 hour wait is standard at Uchi, no reservations, but I have never been to Uchiko and I believe it's more casual so maybe that will work out.
If you show up at 5:00pm sharp at Uchiko, you can take advantage of their happy hour in the bar area. If I recall... $5 sake, and $3 and $5 small plates. Not as comprehensive as the sit-down omakase, but you'll get some amazing food. Just order one of everything.
The service at Uchiko (and Uchi, and Qui) is very brisk and efficient. You should have no problem at all getting out by 6:30.
I recall our omakase ran a bit over two hours, so wouldn't advise it if you're in a time crunch.