Uchiko? More like Holyshitchiko.

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Cecily Johnson

Uchiko in Austin is not fucking around, you guys. Owner Tyson Cole won the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southwest in 2011. This year, Uchiko executive chef, Paul Qui, took home the Best Chef: Southwest for 2012 at the James Beard Awards. And that was right after Qui won Top Chef.

Austin hipster-types will tell you that they went to Uchiko before it was cool. And they did. And I'm telling you, I don't care if it's uncool to like the popular place-- this food is fandamntastic. I had the opportunity to speak with the 10-course tasting menu, and it was very open and honest about its badassness:

So, hey, Chef's Omakase. Mind if I take a couple of pictures of you before I stuff you in my face?

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Cecily Johnson
Madai Midori : Japanese sea bream, melon, tomato, sudachisu

You ever get bothered by all the men and women who are constantly drooling all over you?

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Cecily Johnson
Sakurambo: aji, cherry, sakura dashi, sesame


Hey there, Miss Bacon Tataki.

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Cecily Johnson
Bacon tataki : kurobuta pork belly, black lime, espresso fish caramel, coriander citrus

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Cecily Johnson
Heirloom tomato : watermelon, buttermilk dashi, yuba

Do your face a favor: get to Austin, get your reservation, and order this 10-course tasting menu as soon as you can. The service here is great, the food is crazy-go-nuts and when people at the table next to you get all jealous of what you ordered, you get to feel super smart. Uchiko is a hard yes.

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Twinwillow
Twinwillow

My son lives in Austin and raves about Uchiko. Also, very picky foodie friends of mine from Dallas went to Uchiko while in Austin for a visit and they too said their food was fantastic!

jkurzweil
jkurzweil

Amazing and hilarious pics.  I need an excuse to go to Uchiko, pronto.  My sister-in-law has been saying that it's just unbelievable.  Can't wait to try it for myself.

GoingBoeing
GoingBoeing

As a James Beard nominee for her food writing, I'm sure Ms. Laussade will learn as much from your critique of her prose, as Paul Qui could learn from your critique of his sushi.

 

I'm talking to you beno5, ryan, and pymc4673, all of whom, BTW, sound suspiciously alike.

gabbahey
gabbahey

And all I saw when the article opened up was Merle Haggard...

 

Is this bad?

ashlyn10
ashlyn10

This is hilarious and uchiko is amazeballs!

ben05
ben05

so freaking stupid. only in dallas would an article written so ridiculously exist.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

How much for the 10-course tasting menu?  May want to check this out next time in Austin.

ryan
ryan

is this 1998? this Xtreme mountain dew kind of schtick is horrible hack writing. Covering up lack of writing ability with cussing and "comedy"

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

I'm curious. Do they write about restaurants in Dallas on Austin's food blogs?

ryan
ryan

 @GoingBoeing what about the three posts sounds suspiciously alike? 

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