Welcome to Dallas, Uchi

06.15.2015 by: Allison Turpin
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The announcement of Uchi coming to Dallas has attracted a lot of attention, and it may be the hottest restaurant opening we see in 2015. And for a very good reason.

Award-winning chef Tyson Cole started his road to success when he opened the first Uchi restaurant in Austin. The contemporary Japanese food and fresh sushi at his establishment created a cult-following deep in the heart of Texas, and now Dallasites who have tasted the glorious cuisine of Uchi can now enjoy it locally. 

Uchi provides an almost indescribable experience. The creativity and artistry of the food is in a league of its own. What is truly amazing though is how its uniqueness does not overcompensate for the taste. The creativity is coupled with incredible flavors, making each bite you taste at Uchi the most wonderful combination of utterly delicious and artistically beautiful.

Exterior of Uchi with all its modern simplicity. {Eater Website Photo}

Modern interior is both comfortable and gorgeous.

The design of the building is unlike any other in the Uptown area. Smart uses of different types of wood create a very modern dining room, with colorful woven wall hangings contrasting white textured walls, and the Uchi signature red floral wallpaper adorning an adjacent wall. Even the custom booths are beautiful. The sleek design includes a main dining room, a long sushi bar with white marble counter, and a private room that can be reserved for parties.

The menu at Uchi Dallas started with the signature items from its Austin counterpart and then added a few new ones to the mix. Chef de cuisine Nilton "Junior" Borges runs the Dallas kitchen and impresses with his Foie Gras Nigiri and Gyutoro, a 72-hour braised wagyu short rib. Menu items proceed from cold tastings, to hot tastings, to tempura items, to sushi and sashimi, and finally to a chef's tasting.

The Machi Cure is the perfect way to begin your meal. Smoked baby yellowtail should be scooped up by a crispy yucca chip, all garnished with marcona almonds, yellow raisins, asian pear, and garlic brittle.

The Zero Sen Roll is comprised of yellowtail, avocado, shallot, cilantro, and yuzu, and is best dipped in the spicy sweet sauce painted across the plate.

Spicy Crunchy Tuna Roll combines big eye tuna, avocado, cucumber and jalapeno and is a fresh take on the classic Spicy Tuna Roll.

The Crispy Fried Brussels Sprouts are a staple in the Austin restaurant and do not disappoint here with their salty and slightly sweet addictive crisp. The best brussels you may ever have.

Hot Rock with wagyu beef and ponzo dipping sauce is a unique way to participate in your meal. Simply place your thinly sliced pieces of melt-in-your-mouth beef onto the sizzling hot rock for a few seconds, and you have a fun dish for everyone at the table to enjoy.

The Fried Milk is an incredibly unique, incredibly delicious dessert. The combination of iced milk sherbet, chocolate milk mousse and fried milk puffs is unlike anything we have ever had before. A dessert that is as beautiful as it is divine.

Uchi takes limited reservations, and they are very hard to come by. However, they reserve many seats every night for walk-ins, and they serve free bites on the outdoor patio as guests wait for their table. This restaurant can get expensive, so a great time to go is during their Sake Social every evening when you can score some of the same menu items, like the Zero Sen Roll and Spicy Crunchy Tuna Roll, for half-price.

Dallas has several wonderful sushi and Japanese restaurants, but Uchi stands out among all of them. We love everything about this place - from the sleek interior to the artistic plating to the outstanding and fresh cuisine. Uchi is a new favorite, and we have no doubt that it will be yours, too.

{Uchi Official Website}

TAGS : Uptown/Victory Park , Uchi