Opened in 2003, Uchi is a Japanese sushi restaurant on South Lamar in Austin. Owner and award-winning chef Tyson Cole incorporates both hot and cool tastings on his menu, including everything from sushi and sashimi to an omakase that changes based on seasonal items. Uchiko opened in 2010 with a larger space on North Lamar with a focus on more tasting bites and a smaller sushi bar.
What We Love
One of our favorite ways to spend happy hour in Austin is at both restaurants' Sake Social Hour, held every day from 5:00-6:30. Although it can get very busy, there is no better way to spend a post-work Wednesday evening than with a variety of $3 and $6 signature dish options (plus great drink specials). And don’t forget the sweets! Both restaurants have some of the most delicious desserts in town (some of us have said that the Fried Milk is life-changing).
Did You Know?
If you’re looking to try Uchi or Uchiko in the near future, make sure you check out one of their monthly tasting events, where guests receive special meals in a communal setting. Uchi’s Community Table is held the third Monday of every month and guests enjoy a five-course meal including special "off menu" items for $45 a person. Book it to Uchiko on the first Sunday of every month for the Food + Wine Project, where you can try out seven courses with wine pairings for only $75. Each Community Table & Food + Wine Project adheres to a specific theme that changes monthly, so diners never get bored. CultureMap followed the Uchiko team while they planned for the monthly dinner here. Be on the lookout for tickets as each restaurant opens the list a month before each dinner.
Uchi and Uchiko will also be at the Austin Food & Wine Festival in April, where both Tyson Cole and Executive Pastry Chef Philip Speer will be serving dishes throughout the weekend.
Photos by Erica Wilkins