Sushi fans rejoice. More often than not, the only criticism that we see of Uchi is its tendency to draw massive crowds. Due to the fact that it is debatably Houston’s premier sushi destination, one can understand its mass appeal. Thankfully, the city has been blessed with another top-tier Japanese eatery: Uchiko.
Directly translating as “child of Uchi”, Uchiko is a concept from Uchi founder Chef Tyson Cole started back in 2010. Whereas Uchi was a way for Cole to convey, culinarily, his take on modern Japanese food, Uchiko takes its flavors to an even higher level.
“With the second opening in Houston on Post Oak, Uchiko represents the fiery counterpoint to Uchi,” its website reads, “bringing smoke and char to the fore alongside the fresh and clean flavors that define the original Uchi.”
Its menu is broken down in omakase tastings (recommended), toyosu, bluefin, greens, agemono, cool and hot tastings, as well as nigiri/sashimi, makimono, and dessert.
“The chef team at Uchiko has created a brand new selection of composed dishes and sushi, taken from ideas and plates created at Uchi. Uchiko is Uchi redefined.”
Uchiko also offers a daily Happy Hour from 4 – 6 pm. HH specials include discounted tastings, nigiri, makimono, temaki hand rolls, chirashi zushi, and okashi.
The restaurant marks Cole’s second Houston opening this year, having previously introduced Loro to the city, his acclaimed collaboration with Franklin Barbecue founder, Aaron Franklin, this past February.
Uchiko is now open in Houston at 1801 Post Oak Blvd. Suite 110. Its open from 4 – 10 pm Sundays through Thursdays, and from 4 – 11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.