Austin: Hama Chili at Uchiko
Worthy of highlight is the palate-cleansing hama chili at Uchiko. Chef Tyson Cole’s Asian fusion restaurant is cool in more ways than one: the chic Japanese farmhouse-dining decor also involves a decidedly cool interior, temperature-wise, especially in light of the sweltering weather outside. Start a decadent meal off right with the hama chili cold tasting, with baby yellowtail delicately placed over ponzu and decorated with spicy Thai chile slivers and orange supremes. The heat from the chiles balances with the citrus from the supremes, and both work together to let the yellowtail shine.