So turns out Uchi Lounge is a veteran on the Sydney dining scene, but I had not heard of it until Mr T told me his restaurant choice this Tuesday evening (yes, occasionally I do allow others to make a restaurant choice).
Uchi Lounge is a modern Japanese Restaurant - Izakaya - Sake & Shochu Bar (try saying that after a few Shochus), located on a steep backstreet off Oxford Street in Surry Hills. So, you may understand why for most, it remains a well kept secret. It's the kind of place you need to know about, as you're unlikely to just walk by.
It's a two story restaurant, with a large stone communal dining table downstairs and an upstairs restaurant with individual tables, which is not open this evening. So, Mr T and I take our place on stools at the communal dining table in the downstairs section. The decor is traditional Japanese, with minimalist design and simplicity, but it retains a cozy atmosphere. The restaurant screams, or rather whispers, 'Zen', and we settle back and soak up the chilled vibe.
Mr T turns his mind to ordering our Sakes, and we start with the warm Lemon and Honey and the warm Strawberry & Rhubarb. Both are delicious, and I have to admit, I had never tried warm Sake until now.
Renowned Chef and Owner Takashi Ohuchi has brought his distinct fusion of old and new to Uchi Lounge, which has a 'No MSG' and 'No Artificial Flavouring' policy and focuses on organic produce.
We start our food journey with the Weekdays Seasonal Teishoku Set. The Teishoku set is delicious and I'm quickly converted to a fan. Mr T takes the liberty of ordering some other dishes for us to share.
* Seared Scallops with Enoki Soy & Crispy Organic Soba
* Chargrilled Seared Tuna with Sauce of Enoki Soy & Wild Roquett
* King Prawns with Yuzu Pepper
* Medium Rare Beef Steak with Dark Miso, Chilled Wasabi Mash & Crispy Renkon
* Crispy Fried Squid with Shichimi Pepper, Mint & Coriander
The waitstaff, all Japanese (surprise, surprise), are polite, quietly spoken and attentive. As soon as I drop a chopstick on the ground, a waiter appears effortlessly with another. The food is innovative and beautifully presented, and I'm suitably impressed.
I'm glad I've been let in on on the secret of Uchi Lounge, and I can't wait to introduce a select few to the experience, but not too many, as everyone likes having their own secret. Shh...let's just keep this between us, okay?
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