Uchi Friends and Family Preview (Houston, TX)
It was a random night running through Grand Prize to meet friends where I ran into a bunch of friends in the industry, it really seemed like everyone was there that night. I said hi to Lyle of The Modular and he introduced me to Philip Speer, the pastry chef of the Uchi Restaurant(s). I had his Fried Milk dessert before at Uchiko and it was great, probably the best part of my previous meal at Uchiko.
Philip invited me out to Uchi Houston to check out the restaurant and their remodeling effort which once housed the beloved Felix Mexican Restaurant. First walk through their doors and it was a great, lively, inviting place. I was a bit disapointed at the available amount of light at the tables, but staff assured me it would be addressed. It’s friends and family service aka soft opening. Today was their second day open for service and frankly they were already in full swing of doing things properly.
Annie and I asked for a few recommendations and away we went..
Yokai Berry: Atlantic Salmon, Dinosaur Kale, Asian Pear, Yuzu
Sake Toro: Salmon Belly, Ikura
Boquerones: Spanish Anchovy
Dewbee Chicken: Short Grain Sweet Rice, Banana Leaf, Thai Chili Vinegar
Wagyu: Torched Seared Beef
Pork Jowl: Brussels Sprout Kimchee, Romaine, Preserved Lemon Crème Fraiche
Foie: Seated Foie Gras, Quinoa
Brussel Sprouts: Crispy Brussel Sprouts, Lemon Chili
Ham and Eggs: Katsu Pork Belly, Yolk Custard, Espelette
Peanut Butter Semifreddo: Apple Miso Sorbet
Lime Cremeaux: Chocolate Croquant, Thai Chili Meringue, Cocoa, Vanilla Lime Gel, Kefir Lime Sorbet
13 dishes later and we were at a nice level of fullness before we headed to the car to make our way to Samba Grille for dinner #2.
I was really satisfied with the level of service and the food mirrored what I’ve had at Uchi and Uchiko, for their second service this is purely unprecedented in Houston. I’m really interested to see how far service has progressed when I head back for one of my 4 reservations over the next two weeks. On my second reservation I’ll be doing the omakase and attempt to compare it to the Kata Robata omakase service.
Houston, TX 77006