Hai Hospitality, the Austin, Texas-based and James Beard Award-winning restaurant group, is bringing the highly-anticipated Uchi Miami to Wynwood. Uchi Miami marks the first time the group has opened a restaurant in Florida and its second restaurant outside of Texas. Hai Hospitality’s current restaurants include Uchi Austin, Uchi Dallas, Uchi Denver, Uchi Houston, Uchiko Austin, Uchibā Dallas, and Loro Austin.
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Translated from the Japanese word “house,” Uchi is one of the best known and most popular sushi restaurants across the country. Executive Chef and owner Chef Tyson Cole started the first Uchi restaurant in a refurbished South Austin bungalow in 2003. Since then, his signature, non-traditional approach to Japanese cuisine has been credited with elevating the city’s culinary identity and expanding the profile and ubiquity of sushi nationally.
Miami’s menu shines a spotlight on sushi and sashimi, as well as makimono, yakimono, agemono and other Japanese dishes. The core menu opens with cold tastings and hot tastings that feature crowd-favorites like pork belly and wagyu beef, tempura plates, vegetarian tastings, and floral-infused traditional desserts with a twist. Their beloved happy hour will also make an appearance.
Uchi strikes a delicate balance between elevated food and impeccable service in a casual yet
sophisticated ambiance. The restaurant’s thoughtfully designed interiors subtly integrate organic elements and a modern aesthetic. Materials such as metal, concrete and rope are softened by a neutral color palette, warm walnut paneling, cream sherpa banquettes, brightly colored botanical wall coverings and soft accent lighting to achieve a refined simplicity.
A one-of-a-kind art installation, a towering cinder block wall handwoven with rope, greets guests that enter. The restaurant’s 175-seat open floor plan features other craftsmen including Miami artist and textile designer Elan Byrd who designed woven wall hangings that celebrate the texture, and organic natural forms found in nature. Diners seated at the 14-seat sushi counter can watch the culinary team in action while intimately enjoying masterfully crafted sushi and sashimi. Adjacent, sits a 14-seat walnut bar and a relaxing lounge that seats 10, with custom pieces by local woodworkers at Holz Wood Shop.
The restaurant’s exterior offers al fresco dining on a wraparound patio that is accented by a living plant wall designed by nature-inspired design firm Plant the Future. Local Miami artists will be tapped to create graffiti installations around the outside of the building.
Cover photo by Jimena Peck.