Bair Hugger Deluxe made sure Uchi was the first dinner I had in Houston. I guess it's a big deal here. It is in Austin, where it was first opened up by Chef Tyson Cole. He won Best Chef Southwest in 2011. Uchi and its sister restaurant Uchiko might sound more familiar as the former kitchen of Top Chef season 9 winner Paul Qui. He started there as an intern and over 7 years worked his way up to chef de cuisine. Uchi can be thought of as a Nobu-esque restaurant. Modern Japanese meets Asian fusion meets cool/upscale. The place is super popular. Bair Hugger makes it seem like restaurants of this caliber are few and far between. He usually takes all out-of-towners here.
We got great seats at the bar. I love sitting at the bar. I love being a stone's throw from the action. Sadly we didn't get to sit in front of this guy. Only a bad ass can walk around with just one patch of hair on his head. I believe he was the main sushi guy, cutting all the fish for sashimi/nigiri. It's an interesting set up. Each guy behind the bar mans a different station. Our guy was actually just the roll guy. There was another guy manning the yakitori type things. There was another guy in the kitchen just making the Brussels sprouts.
Refreshing, cool, not too sweet. A pleasant way to start.
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