Thursday, September 6, 2012
I recently visited Uchi after reading that Houston had 3 restaurants listed in Bon Appetit's top 50 best new restaurants in the Nation for 2012, Uchi Houston being one of them. I can see why. Without a doubt, this is one of the best dining experiences of my life. The staff, the food, ambiance are all outstanding.
My understanding is that there is an "everyday menu" that does not change, and a "today's menu" that changes frequently as the chef creates new dishes. If you try something on "today's menu" and love it, chances are it might not be there in the future. I ordered off of both menus, so that I could sample a little bit of everything. The servings are tasting, or tapas, size - just enough so that you leave feeling satisfied instead of miserable because you gorged on too much food.
If you do not order the brussel sprouts, you have no idea what you are missing. Unfortunately, the wagyu beef dish that I ordered (and loved), was on the "today's menu", so it is no longer available. However, the bond roll and peanut butter semifreddo are on the permanent ("everyday") menu, and in my opinion, combined with the brussel sprouts, these three dishes would make the perfect meal. I wish I had pictures to share, but my camera decided to die at the most unfortunate time - during this meal.
The wait staff and hostesses should not go unnoticed. The service was impeccable. This is a vital part of the dining experience, to me. If the service is lousy, I do not care how great the food is, I will not be back. So, kudos to the staff of Uchi Houston.
More in-depth reviews of this restaurant, from 2 food critics I respect, are below:
Alison Cook, 29-95.com:
Katharine Schilcutt, Houston Press:
Houston, TX 77006
Posted by Houston Living at 12:02 PM