I've been to Uchiko before and upon my return this time around, the restaurant did not disappoint. The menu is always interesting and fun, with exciting deviations from the "typical" Japanese fare. Both times I have chosen the ten-course tasting menu, and both times I experienced an excellent meal.
My absolute favorite course was a duck-confit with shreds of duck that were the consistency of carnitas, served in a smoky mason jar, with interesting Asian flare. Wine pairings are more or less done a-la-carte, but were executed very well. The sushi coursers were flawless.
My only criticisms are as follows. There was a slight disruption in the pace of service near the beginning. First a very long wait between courses, then a later course served before we had even finished the previous course. Not a major issue, though. Also, while a pork dish was very tasty, I only ate half, because the second half was literally 100% fat with no meat on the bones. Maybe this was on purpose, but I just don't like to eat a big bite of animal fat, however flavorful. The rest of that course was incredible though.
All in all, Uchiko remains a favorite and I would highly recommend to anyone dining in Austin.
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