Uchiko: a Japanese restaurant in an Austin farmhouse

The American South’s hippest city — Austin, Texas — got a little bit cooler last year with the opening of Uchiko, a contemporary Japanese restaurant that serves up innovative and sustainable food in a warm farmhouse setting.

Just barely a year old, Uchiko has already developed a devoted following and won some major accolades (GQ Magazine called it one of the top ten restaurants in the United States). And for good reason: Chef Tyson Cole has created a menu chock full of edible artwork fashioned from the freshest organic ingredients. Try the diver scallop with tomatillos, kalamata olives, and black limes, or the Brussels-sprouts kimchee with preserved lemon crème fraiche. For dessert, we like the sound of polenta custard with caramel salt. Whatever you order at Uchiko, rest assured it’ll be a brand new experience. And your taste buds will thank you.

About the author

Caitlin spends her days scouring the globe for the world’s coolest food finds. She is the founder of online food pop-culture mag, The Urban Grocer, and is a food writer, blogger, producer, television presenter and supper club chef. She lives between Europe and NY with her husband and their dog, Taco.