I am a serious Japanese food eater. I know my what I like/ want and have dined at top-end japanese restaurants for $100+/ person. Uchiko offers something different -
Energetic atmosphere - like most newer trendy Japanese izakaya places that have sprung up in N. America. This is not the typical sushi bar, where you can expect a quiet environment with master chefs in the background preparing your sashimi/ sushi. Uchiko, however, does offer top quality sashimi/ fish if that is what you're looking for. I would absolutely place my bet on Omakase if that's what you're looking for.
Inventive & Adventurous - the seasonal menu/ house items many of which are items that you will have not much clue about as they are created in-house by their creative culinary team. Take a leap of faith and trust in your server more than you're usually comfortable with. Excitement and satisfaction guaranteed. Not for you if you are food-shy. You need to have an open-mind and appetite/ courage to experience new things.
Our server, Brian, is in the top 2% of servers you would ever meet in life. He's fun, knowledgeable and great conversationalist. Brian is probably the second server that I will remember from all my previous dining experiences. His track record is great - we loved 100% of all his recommendations. The way he described/ explained dishes is the exact way we expected them.
It's pricer than your average dine-out meal but for the experience, adventure and fun you'll have, it is well worth it. You will have so much fun and definitely create memorable experiences at Uchiko!
Without a doubt, Uchiko owns up to its reputation as #1 restaurant in Austin, TX on tripadvisor!
Top recommendations - conclude your meal with a piece of Gyutoro Nigiri (wagyu beef), they will blow your mind away! Also memorable was the sheep's milk/ bird's nest dish (forgot name) - unbelievable taste and texture!