Asatte Press 1st Annual Employee Christmas Party

AP Christmas Party, Dave as Seen by Drunken Camera
AP Christmas Party, Dave as Seen by Drunken Camera

Last Thursday we had the first annual Asatte Press employee Christmas party. I am pleased to report that we had 100 percent employee attendance with all two employees present and enjoying the party

The venue we chose was quite intimate. We went to Uchiko on North Lamar Blvd in Austin. This restaurant was an excellent choice. Uchiko is one of the hottest restaurants in Austin at the moment and is even on the radar at a national level as an up and coming innovative eatery.

AP Christmas Party, Tomoko as Seen by Drunken Camera
AP Christmas Party, Tomoko as Seen by Drunken Camera

Because it is extremely popular, Uchiko can be very difficult to get into. However, our approach worked out nicely. Given the small size of our party, we did not make reservations. We arrived around 5:45PM. After sliding into the last open parking space and walked in the door. The hostess offered us “social hour”seating at  the sushi bar which was perfect for us – we like to talk with the sushi chef.

We were pleasantly surprised to find that the two sushi chefs directly in front of us were actually Japanese – a rarity in Austin. (The only other places I am aware of in Austin that have actual Japanese sushi chefs are Musashino and Ryu of Japan) We had a very pleasant conversation with these two sushi chefs as we proceeded to enjoy a very unusual and interesting sushi dinner.

AP Christmas Party, Fried Milk Desert at Uchiko
AP Christmas Party, Fried Milk Desert at Uchiko

As for the food, the first surprise was that Uchiko does not offer the standard traditional sushi rolls. Apparently the parent restaurant Uchi offers a more traditional menu. Uchiko is a focused venue for innovative sushi. At first I found that a bit odd, but when the first roll arrived, I was quickly convinced. I am not generally a big fan of Asia Fusion style sushi with a lot of random ingredients thrown into a roll which in turn is slathered in mayonnaise. Uchiko’s rolls were nothing of the sort. Each roll was a very unique blend of very crisp, fresh and unique ingredients. The dipping sauces were first rate, subtle flavors – no mayo from a squirt tube here.

All in all, this was a very rare experience for me -> a sushi dinner outside of Japan that I really felt was in the same category as a top rank Tokyo sushi bar. Even sushi bars in Taiwan, Korea, California and New York rarely truly make the grade. Having such a dining experience in the middle of the Texas dessert was really impressive.

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