The Definitive Guide to Houston

The Most Unique Japanese Food in The City

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The Wall Street Journal acclaimed Uchi as “The best sushi this side of Japan” and with locations in all three major Texas cities, many Texans agree. Originally from Austin, the Houston location opened in 2012 and continues to be both a hot spot and a staple – a combination that is hard to maintain. The translation of “Uchi” to English is “House”, which speaks volumes to the atmosphere of the restaurant – unpretentious and welcoming. The first Austin location is in a renovated home which inspired the transformation of the long-standing Houston building in Montose. With reclaimed wood, warm textures and clean finishes it is the perfect mix of cozy and modern.

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Founding Chef Tyson Cole’s is known for combining unexpected textures and flavors to push traditional Japanese cuisine boundaries. With that, the menu is anything but ordinary, even the classics such as Nagiri are recommended to be eaten upside down. This ensures you taste the garnish and/or fish before the rice. Highlights include, Sake Kiwi (salmon, golden kiwi, thai chili, ginger), Hamachi Nabe (yellowtail, koshiihkari rice, soy broth, egg yolk), Gyumaki (grilled short rib, kimchi, thai basil) and so much more. Make sure you save room for dessert because the Fried Milk (vanilla custard, salted fudge, toasted blondie) is a dish we promise you will dream about.

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Every day at 5 pm you will notice a line forming outside Uchi, that is because Sake Social is one of the best happy hours in the city. The menu is full of items that are served at the fraction of the price without losing any of the uniqueness. Included are 14 small plates and 8 drinks all priced under $12. A few favorites are, Machi Cure (smoked yellowtail, yuca crisp, marcona almond), Social Short Rib (eggplant sambal, miso, wonton) and Foie Gunkan (candied quinoa, fish caramel, shiso). Ordering the entire Sake Social Hour menu is something that is done often, and we highly recommend.

Experience Uchi, Sunday through Thursday 5 – 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 5 – 11 pm and Sake Social, daily from 5 – 6:30 pm.

Feature Photo Courtesy of Travis Hallmark

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