I am finally back to real life after my long extended weekend! Since last Tuesday, Marshall and I took a road trip to Austin and the southern Hill Country of Texas!
I’m sort of ashamed I have lived here over a year and this weekend was the first time I have EVER ventured out of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area. But today I’m here to give you the highlights of out trip!!
As the first trip to Austin (and sadly possibly only one for a while), Marshall and I both wanted our dinner to be AMAZING and special. After countless hours scouring Open Table, the internet, and getting LOTS of recommendations from friends, we decided to eat at Uchi!
If you are a Top Chef lover like I am, then you would recognize Uchi as the restaurant Paul Qui, the winner of Top Chef – Texas, is the executive chef for! From the interior to the food, everything was spot on and amazing. Just look at the outside:
Super cute and quaint! The restaurant was tucked away off a street in a little house. It was a fairly small restaurant, possibly seating about 50 people at a time. Initially, Marshall and I were worried about a very long wait for a table, since the restaurant doesn’t take reservations and it is very popular among the locals. But thankfully since being a Tuesday night at about 8:00 pm, our wait was only 20 minutes! The perfect amount of time to relax in the outside garden area.
But onto the food. Everything was amazing.
The fish was extremely fresh and every dish had a unique flavor combination.
sea bass, orange oil, garlic, black pepper, citrus vinaigrette
bigeye tuna, pumpkin seed oil, fuji apple –> one of my favorites of the night!
wagyu hot rock “sear it yourself” wagyu beef, ponzu, japanese river rock
I’ve done the hot rock before at another restaurant and it is so much fun! You play chef and cook the meat to your liking. It is always delicious and amazing to see just how hot a rock can get!
albacore sashimi –> one of my newly discovered favorites
sweet potato crisp, apple, tempura brie, garlic chutney, pepper –> complements of the house!
A wonderfully interesting and unusual combination
tempura tiger shrimp
tempura japanese pumpkin
But these pictures don’t do these dishes enough justice. Everything was perfectly prepared, the flavor profiles worked very nicely together, and if you are ever even NEAR Austin, GO TO THIS RESTAURANT! You won’t be disappointed!
….unless you are not a raw fish person…. but this restaurant might convert you…..