Good morning! I hope you all had a great weekend.
Scott and I had a fun outing in Austin on Friday night, and I wanted to share the highlights today! Dining out in Austin is a serious thing. The restaurant scene is incredibly bustling with new hot spots popping up literally every weekend. We even have a Shake Shack now which just so happened to be on the route to Uchi which was our destination for the evening.
Dinner at Uchi
I called back in early June and was barely able to get a reservation for a weekend night. Saturday was our first choice, but apparently that books out multiple months in advance. There are a ton of restaurants here, but always know if you decide to visit it is important to be prepared for a reservation! If you have your heart set on a particular place or like to eat at popular dinner times. I am not typically a fan of eating too early (like 4:30) or really late (after 9:30/10:00).
Uchi and Uchiko are two upscale sushi restaurants that are very popular here. We ate at Uchiko (Japanese Farmhouse) a few years ago, and it was amazing. So naturally we figured we would love Uchi as well. Their menus are somewhat similar, but the design of the restaurants do vary somewhat.
This atmosphere was sleek and sophisticated, however, it was incredibly busy so it was on the loud side. Everyone (two couples) at the table next to us was incredibly drunk. I have not been seriously toasted in a long time, and found myself wondering if I behave in that obnoxious of a fashion. I hope not! There were a few heated comments about an “ex-boyfriend” and a reference to Froto in Lord of the Rings, but I tried not to listen. At least not too much…
Onto the food! I tried to snag the best pictures I could, but alas the lighting was more for ambience then blog photography.
This was Seikyo “Takehara” Junmai which was grapefruit, fig, nutmeg and eucalyptus. I have developed an appreciation for Sake over the years and really enjoy it. I find it to be somewhat similar to a fruity, but dry white wine.
My handsome date with his sake:
My photographic evidence that I wear more that athletic gear:
We ordered a lot of different dishes to try. These were the definite stand outs:
Wagyu Hot Rock “Sear It Yourself” Wagyu Beef. This comes to your table raw alongside a small hot rock where you can cook the meat to your liking. The waiter gives you suggested cooking times so you are not at a loss for what to do. It is also seasoned so it has plenty of flavor without adding anything additional. I remembered this dish from when we went to Uchicko awhile back. It is really a stand out if you like steak!
A tempura spider roll to share with a miso dipping sauce:
Mustang roll with yellowtail and freshwater eel:
I think sushi is such a great shared experience because you truly share each menu item. It is fun to simply pick out a bunch of different items and discuss the pros and cons to each one as you go along.
Most of the time I do not enjoy sashimi, but I tried some and was pleasantly surprised that I liked it just as much as the other items we ordered. The rest of the favorites!
Cooked octopus, eggplant, and spicy scallops.
We pondered dessert, but ended up popping into Lick on our way home for a pint of coconut ice cream. We were absolutely stuffed so that was probably a bit of overkill too. I guess you just have to finish a night out with a sweet treat of some kind!
Uchi was wonderful, and definitely would be a place I would recommend to anyone visiting Austin. It is not inexpensive by any means, but you often are getting what you pay for with food. Since raw fish is a bit of a dicey preposition I feel it is worth the price. 🙂
Have a great Monday and I will see you back here tomorrow!
Questions of the Day:
- Sushi – yay or nay?
- What is your perfect time for a dinner reservation?
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