Prior to our stay in Austin, I read a lot of great reviews for Uchi and Uchiko. Given that we live in Vancouver, BC which has great Japanese food, we had our doubts. Due to a cold which left me with low energy, I forgot to make a reservation and making one last minute was impossible. When I phoned Uchiko to see what they would recommend as plan B, they said happy hour. We sat at the sushi bar which turned out to be a highlight. It was great to see how the food orders were split up among the chefs. The happy hour menu offered a nice array of food and drink options plus you can still order from the regular dinner menu. We had some drinks, several rolls, different types of tempura and we split a dessert. The bill was just $40 before tip! Unlike a lot of modern looking Japanese restaurants, I liked that at Uchiko the flavour was authentic, none of that awkward fusion stuff. The presentation on the other hand was contemporary and beautiful.
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