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Dining Guide

Uchi

Photograph by Debora Smail

We sure miss scoring a sushi bar seat at this acclaimed Japanese spot, but lucky for us, the to-go process is simple, and there is no panache lost in transportation. Stay-at-home restrictions have not daunted avid fans, as evidenced by a bustling parking lot one Tuesday night. Order this to go: The signature omakase for two is a splurge, but it’s also a bargain, considering. A highlight of the shareable feast is the pristine scallop crudo: pretty slices tucked in with green apple and cucumber, with sassy serrano fish sauce. Rich and lush is the Machi Cure, with its generous smoked yellowtail tossed with crisp yuca curls and Marcona almonds. Buttery oak-grilled walu walu (escolar) is nicely balanced with candied citrus crunchies and salty, citrusy soy sauce. Also included: perhaps Houston’s best charred brussels sprouts; a chef’s choice nigiri (for us, über-fresh sake (salmon) and madai (sea bream); and a choice of roll, spicy tuna or yellowtail. For dessert, creamy lavender taro coconut sorbet is delightfully light and satisfying. Finally, bake-at-home sticky pineapple cake and a bottle of wine or sake are included as “thank you gifts.” Uh, you’re welcome! Pro tip: Order online but do so early to get your preferred pickup time. Amid tight parking, the helpful valet guides you through the curbside process. Thoughtful packaging preserves tidy presentations, with all items clearly labeled.

Note: Review reflects COVID-19 protocols in place at the time of visit.

City: Houston

Cuisine:

Drinks: Beer, wine & sake

Price: $$$$

Rating: ★★★★

Address: 904 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX, 77006

Hours: D 7 days.

Phone: 713-522-4808

Website: uchihouston.com

Last updated: February 21, 2021