Uchi is no stranger to accolades. Since opening in 2003, the South Lamar restaurant has been lauded by everyone from Texas Monthly to Bon Appétit for its fresh, inventive take on Japanese cuisines.
Leading the restaurant's celebrated staff is Chef/Owner Tyson Cole, who was named one of America's best new chefs by Food & Wine magazine and was a semi-finalist for the James Beard Award in the "Best Chef: Southwest" category three times.
Despite being over a decade old, Uchi is still racking up awards for its dynamic menu, most recently being named the No. 21 best sushi restaurant in America by the Daily Meal.
"There's no telling what classicists would make of Cole's bigeye tuna with goat cheese, Fuji apple, and pumpkin seed oil; tempura shrimp spring roll with Vietnamese fish sauce and grapes; or pork jowl with Brussels sprout kimchee, romaine, preserved lemon, and crème fraîche; but the hungry Austinites who crowd this rustic house-turned-restaurant obviously eat it all up," writes Editor Dan Meyers.
Uchi was the only restaurant in Texas to land on the list, and one of the very few sushi spots not in Los Angeles, Chicago or New York.
Taking the No. 1 spot is Masa in New York City. Sushi Yasuda, also in New York, and O-Ya in Boston round out the top three.