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Review - Uchi Lounge *UPDATED*

As luck would have it, the slow moving paw of a beckoning cat caught my attention as I cruised this little back street for a park. The bar drew me in with moody, new minimalist décor. The barely lit room seduced us with intimacy - spread along the stark, cement-rendered table, three couples murmur over sharing plates of modern Japanese.

The antidote to all this formality arrives with an enchanting peal of bell-like giggles. Our soft-footed waitress is bearing Warm Mandarin Honey Sake ($9.50/180ml), and a trio of Flavoured Sake Testers ($12.00/3 x 60ml), bested by warm Vanilla and Caramel.

Extracting her delighted recommendation - tasty Yokohama Shiumai ($12/4 pieces) dumplings filled with pork and prawn and set off by Karashi mustard – elicits more melodic merriment, stifled by her hand and softly ducking head.

Equally joyous char-grilled Asparagus and Zucchini with Wasabi Aioli ($8) bursts wetly in my mouth.

A tangled medley of mushrooms in the beautifully handled Kinoko Lover ($15) entices us to savour slippery shimeji on our tongues.

Sated we roll a solid sphere of ice in a smooth-drinking tumbler of Kicchomu Delux Shochu ($14/60ml). Charmed anew, I resolve not to another year slip by before returning for a Seasonal Teishoku Set ($24).

Uchi Lounge
15 Brisbane Street, Surry Hills
Ph: (02) 9261 3524

See my earlier visit back HERE.

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( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 29th, 2011 11:22 am (UTC)
oh, my favourite place!
Must go back ...
Nov. 30th, 2011 02:28 am (UTC)
I want to go back again too!
Nov. 30th, 2011 10:11 am (UTC)
hmm, we should diarise for an Uchi date : )
Nov. 30th, 2011 11:47 am (UTC)
Would love to, have two weeks of jingle hell, but after than cruisin'. X
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