uchi is here. and it is wonderful. i've been to both uchi and uchiko in austin, and enjoyed every bite at each, so last year when i heard uchi was coming to town, it was not only highly anticipated by me, but by pretty much the entire city. yay houston! support these fine restaurants.. and support them they are lately - with places like uchi being a hard reservation, and a harder walk-in. i booked the day reservations were opened, and we dined here for my birthday back in February. we arrived right on time for our reservations but with a packed house we still had a bit of a wait near the bar.. already stock full of walk-in's hoping for a taste, ever so nice they had staff periodically bring out some small bites for the 'waiting and hungry' crowd.. nice touch.
once seated we went all the way with the tasting menu which is a "surprise" but if you ask nicely the waitstaff will let you in on what's in or not in - in case you wanted to do some add-ons which we did (BTW JARJARDUCK is delicious, despite that annoying name and reference), started our meal at 7 and lasted til almost close. and was FANTASTIC. the food was all delicious, and the service was one of the best in town. we had an amazing experience for dinner that night. can't wait til our next meal here. highly recommended.