Austin American-Statesman - - FOOD & DRINK -

801 S. La­mar Blvd. 916-4808, www.uchi austin.com. Rat­ing: ••••

Hours: 5 to 10 p.m. daily, un­til 11 p.m. Fri­days and Satur­days.

Prices: Soups and sal­ads $3-$8. Tem­pura $2.50-$12. Sushi $2-$4.50 per piece, sashimi $9-$30 for five pieces. Sushi rolls $4-$16. Hot and cool ‘tast­ings’ $5-$18. Dishes from the daily spe­cials menu run $9-$28. Desserts $9. One week ago, the mar­ket price for a six­course ‘omakase’ tour of sig­na­ture dishes was $90 for two peo­ple. A 10-course chef’s-choice omakase was $191 for two.

Pay­ment: All ma­jor cards Al­co­hol: Wine, sake and beer. Bev­er­age di­rec­tor June Rodil was named the state’s best som­me­lier for 2009 by the Texas Som­me­lier Con­fer­ence. The worldly wine list car­ries six sparklers ($38-$385), 28 whites ($31-$144), two roses ($43-$47) and 17 reds ($35-$285), with more than 20 by the glass ($8-$16). Six dessert wines run $7-$13 a glass. A sake page car­ries 17 cold va­ri­eties, start­ing at $4 for a glass over­flow­ing into a lit­tle wooden box called a masu. Bot­tle prices run $15 for 375 ml. to $122 for 720 ml. A 250 ml. carafe of hot sake is $6. Seven Ja­panese beers by the bot­tle. Wheel­chair ac­cess: Yes What the rat­ings mean:

•: Food, ser­vice, at­mos­phere and value suf­fer flaws on ev­ery level.

••: Se­ri­ous room for im­prove­ment, with a few bright spots.

•••: A good over­all ex­pe­ri­ence. Clear mis­sion, solid ex­e­cu­tion.

••••: Ex­cel­lent across the board. Per­fect in some ar­eas, with only a few small dis­trac­tions.

•••••: An ex­tra­or­di­nary res­tau­rant ex­pe­ri­ence from start to fin­ish.

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