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Live sea urchins

JustinCooper Feb 9, 2002 01:12 PM

Does anyone know a place in the Bay Area to buy live sea urchins? Yum.

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    3ringcircus Jul 9, 2009 12:15 PM

    I see them occasionally at County Square Market in Pleasant Hill.

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      kimchee411 Jul 9, 2009 01:56 AM

      I'm not sure about markets, but Ebisu serves "live uni" @ ~$18. It's delicious and obviously very fresh, but honestly the uni nigiri I had at the same sitting was just as good. Then again, the volume in the live uni is probably about the equivalent of 4 pcs. of nigiri so price is probably about even. The other nigiri was rather disappointing given the price.

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        johnoday Jul 8, 2009 06:45 PM

        i have the same question. more googling!

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          wolfe Jul 8, 2009 07:10 PM

          I believe I saw some at Ranch99 Richmond in the last month. I would, however, search for more current threads. This one ended 7 1/2 years ago.

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            kc72 Jul 8, 2009 07:13 PM

            Saw some there about a week ago

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            Robert Lauriston Jul 9, 2009 09:04 AM

            A topic with recent sightings:


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            windy Feb 9, 2002 05:06 PM

            Sushi Zone, the fine (if Chinese owned) sushi bar in Oakland Chinatown, serves them with the spines still moving. They also have some wonderful cooked food, a great premium sake menu, and they validate parking. A few months ago they had a happy hour special including 2 for 1 sake and appetizers.

            They make a fantastic roll with salmon, cucumber, radish, and no rice.

            They should be able to point you to their supplier.

            388 9th St. Suite 268, in the Pacific Renaissance Plaza

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              Mad Russian Feb 9, 2002 03:38 PM

              I don't know about live, but I've had excellent fresh uni from the fish market in Half Moon Bay. I don't recall the name, but it is in the small shopping center at the intersection of 92 and CA 1.


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                Sue Streitwieser Feb 10, 2002 12:17 PM

                Tokyo Fish on San Pablo in Berkeley has sushi-grade uni. I don't know if it's "alive" but it's surely fresh.
                Sue Streitwieser

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                  Mad Russian Feb 14, 2002 03:17 PM

                  Another place I saw (but did not try) is Yum Yum Fish on Irving at 21st (I think).


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