Uchi Reigns Supreme

Austin icon named No. 1 sushi restaurant in U.S. — and we're not surprised

Austin icon named No. 1 sushi restaurant in U.S. — we're not surprised

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Chef Tyson Cole's Uchi and Uchiko have been collectively named the top sushi restaurants in the U.S. Uchiko/Facebook

The accolades for Uchi keep rolling in. After being honored as one of the best fine dining establishments in the United States, the Austin favorite and its sister restaurant were named the No. 1 sushi restaurant in the country from Time Out magazine.

Intimate Uchi and Japanese farmhouse concept Uchiko highlight Chef Tyson Cole's modern approach to traditional Japanese cuisine. Time Out gives props to Cole for being creative at both branches without alienating customers — and let's not forget the additional Uchi locales in Houston and Dallas.

"Despite the expansion, there's no room here for pretension: For all his technical mastery and cutting-edge proclivities, Cole's menus change often and range widely enough to appeal to novices as well as connoisseurs, who can compare, say, three different kinds of sea urchin while their warier companions sample tempura-fried Brie alongside 'clean, crisp, light' sakes and white wines," reads the magazine.

In addition to lauding his technique, the travel publication applauds Cole for transforming Austin's food scene when he opened Uchi over a decade ago. Time Out also reminds readers that Cole was the first American Japanese-style chef to receive a James Beard Award. He was also the first Austin chef to win the prestigious award.

Uchi Restaurant Group also operates St. Philip Pizza Parlor in South Austin and has plans for a playful new concept above its Dallas outpost.