Opening on December 7, West Hollywood's sushi scene is about to get a Texas-sized shakeup with the opening of Uchi, slated to start serving up contemporary Japanese dishes. At the helm is none other than the James Beard award-winning executive chef Tyson Cole, whose culinary prowess at Austin's famed Uchi is no stranger to acclaim.
Cole isn't shy about his confidence in the new spot, claiming it will serve "the best sushi anywhere," a bold statement in a city with no shortage of raw fish rivals, according to a statement obtained by Eater. Specials and staples on the menu range from an oak-grilled escolar tantalizing taste buds with candied citrus to an Australian wagyu bathed in oxtail dashi and miso, and seasonality stands as the cornerstone of Cole's approach, with ingredients freshly sourced from the Santa Monica farmers market and Tokyo’s revered Toyosu market.
The new Uchi location, situated at 9001 Santa Monica Boulevard, mirrors the laid-back but polished SoCal aesthetic. Complete with a zen garden-inspired ceiling and the warmth of wood slabs sourced from fallen LA trees, the space is a testament to the creativity sparked and nurtured within the city's borders.