Uchi, Dallas, 7/5/16

building
building

Uchi opened in Dallas with great fanfare just over a year ago. It had previously opened successful places in Austin and Houston.  It is fairly large and very modern in its interior and exterior. It offers a la carte as well as a tasting menu and a sushi bar option.  They now have opened a more casual upstairs place which we did not try. This was my second visit and it seems to have gotten much better. When they first opened the service was hurried and the noise level intolerable, but this visit the bar was not so crowded and we were in the dining room not directly adjacent to the bar.  

entry
entry
some exterior treatment
some exterior treatment
entry
entry
bar area
bar area
interior
interior
interior
interior

Sometimes it helps to not be the newest and hottest restaurant in town.  Service is still a bit too rapid for me but they were obviously intent on turning the tables.  We chose the tasting menu for which they promised a written list of after the meal but that proved to take 15 minutes to get and then it was not in the same order that our food was presented. Nevertheless it was helpful in remembering what you have and my comments are noted with the picture captions. While there were some quite good tastes, overall the food is mild and very light.

table set up
table set up
menu cover
menu cover

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mneu 2
mneu 2
specials
specials
Kabocha: Tempura Japanese pumpkin
Kabocha: Tempura Japanese pumpkin.  Crispy, mild and a tad greasy
Frankie looks over the room
Frankie looks over the room
Madai carpaccio: Japanese sea bream, citrus, olive oil, myoga
Madai carpaccio: Japanese sea bream, citrus, olive oil, myoga. Mild
wine
wine
Kaki: Oysters with yuzu, whey, ikura
Kaki: Oysters with yuzu, whey, ikura. Nice and very fresh tastes.
next, Mejina (opal eye) adn Hama toro
next, Mejina (opal eye) and Hama toro. The waitress was nice enough to bring us a special glass of wine to go with these.
individual
individual
individual
individual
Package to open
Package to open
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Inside packet is Sakana Mushi: steamed white fish parcel, tom yum, tomato, mushroom.  Good.
Akami te: big eye tuna, watermelon and fish sauce
Akami te: big eye tuna, watermelon and fish sauce.  Nice
another view
another view
Frankie thought the water glass was just her side
Frankie thought the water glass was just her side
Aji (horse mackerel) and Masaba (Japanese mackerel)
Aji (horse mackerel) and Masaba (Japanese mackerel)
Shaved foie with apricot, pistachio, kaffir lime, coconut
Shaved foie with apricot, pistachio, kaffir lime, coconut. Really good!
Gyutoro: 72 hour short rib, green apple, farm greens
Gyutoro: 72 hour beef short rib, green apple, farm greens.  Nice.
another view
another view
Frankie checks out the rib
Frankie checks out the rib
Frankie approved of the water
Frankie approved of the water
Fried Milk:  chocolate milk, toasted milk, iced milk sherbet
Fried Milk: chocolate milk, toasted milk, iced milk sherbet. Tasty.
another view
another view
Frankie liked the red wrapped toilet paper
Frankie liked the red wrapped toilet paper

 

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