Uchiko is the experience that drives me to keep trying the occasional high end restaurant. I rarely come of one and think "well...that was worth the money." My wife and I walked out of Uchiko and both said "That was an incredible bargain." It was an astounding journey of flavors, textures and colors over a 3 hour period.
Physically, Uchiko is located on one end of a modern structure in north, central austin. The interior is spacious and modern with dark, warm colors to offset the sometimes harsh lines modern architecture brings. I, personally, find the space to be very appealing.
We did not have reservations but came early and were rewarded with a relatively short wait (considering that it was a Saturday night during SXSW, a miracle actually). During the wait, we sat outside in the covered waiting area. Service was excellent and the kitchen sent around some noshy things for the 20 or so people waiting outside in a regular basis. Very nice.
Once inside, we were seated at the sushi bar (again, a personal favorite) and introduced to the chef who would be working with us during the evening. We ordered omakase (chef's choice, multi-course meal) and put ourselves in his very professional hands. I'm a little short on superlatives but let's just say it was magic. Absolutely magic. Pacing. Textures. Flavors. Temperature variations. Service from the waitstaff as well as our chef was top notch. Watching our dishes prepared right in front of us was a wonderful experience. Also of note, the person next to us ordered omakase as well. Because they had a different wine, there were differences between our menu as the chef hand tuned the experience to the wines chosen.
I would rate it an outstanding experience with no blemishes on any facet of the evening. Top notch and not to be missed.