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How to Eat at Uchiko for Less Than $50

By Megan Giller  |  July 11, 2014

Uchiko is Austin's informal ambassador. The trendy atmosphere, creative small plates and well-known chefs (Tyson Cole, Phillip Speer) epitomize our culinary scene. Everyone thinks you have to blow $200 to visit the Rosewood darling. Not so! Get the complete Uchiko experience for $50 with our how-to guide.

1. Small plates are where it’s at. Though both Uchi and Uchiko are considered sushi restaurants, the hot and cold shareable small plates and daily specials shine. The hama chile (yellowtail with orange supremes and delicately sliced Thai chiles) will satisfy your sashimi craving, and the bacon tataki (pork belly with espresso fish caramel and black lime) will keep you grounded.

2. Keep your party to fewer than three people. For everyone to sample a small plate, bigger parties would have to order two of each dish. Maximize your bites by bringing only your besties.

3. Order the Jar Jar Duck. Yes, we know it’s $30, but it’s worth it. Rosemary smoke, smoked and confited duck, duck cracklings, pickled endives and candied kumquats. Sigh.

4. Don’t scoff at the bar food and rolls. Remember all those delicious-looking Brussels sprouts Paul Qui made on Top Chef? Yeah, you can eat those, plus the best onion rings you’ve ever had. Standout rolls include the Ham and Eggs (katsu pork belly wrapped around yolk custard with espelette peppers and panko) and P-38 (yellowtail, avocado, yuzu kosho, grilled negi and cilantro).

5. The takara nigori sake is only $4. Other than that, you’re on your own for alcohol (which, as we all know, jacks up the price exponentially). Keep the party going after dinner with beers at Hopfield’s or craft cocktails at Drink.Well or the Tigress.

And if you want to spend even less, check out Uchiko's sake social menu, every day from 5-6:30 PM.