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Uni Spaghetti or Risotto?

hrhboo Aug 1, 2007 01:17 PM

Who has the best? Westside preferred but I'll drive if it's worth it!

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    Diana RE: hrhboo Aug 1, 2007 01:18 PM

    I wanna know too!

    The more uni, the better!

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      hrhboo RE: Diana Aug 1, 2007 01:19 PM

      I had a very good uni risotto at Shima on Abbot Kinney but it was tiny. I'm hoping to find something a little more substantial and yes, the more uni the better!

    2. wilafur RE: hrhboo Aug 1, 2007 01:19 PM

      for a quick fix, i'd suggest blue marlin on sawtelle.

      i heard spoon house in gardena is great.

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        MeowMixx RE: wilafur Aug 1, 2007 02:47 PM

        I HATED the uni spaghetti at blue marlin. Really poor quality uni. yechhhh

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          Servorg RE: MeowMixx Aug 1, 2007 02:47 PM


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            wilafur RE: MeowMixx Aug 1, 2007 02:48 PM


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              Servorg RE: wilafur Aug 1, 2007 02:50 PM

              Sorry. It may have been an aberration. I thought the uni served at Mako was great and of course, Sushi Zo.

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                wilafur RE: Servorg Aug 1, 2007 02:51 PM

                no need being sorry. perhaps they are letting the quality slip at blue marlin now?

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                  Servorg RE: wilafur Aug 1, 2007 02:54 PM

                  I think perhaps that Blue Marlin is too much of a "good value" restaurant and when it comes to uni you really can't skimp on paying for the freshest, highest quality product.

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                  MeowMixx RE: Servorg Aug 1, 2007 03:01 PM

                  I'm totally spoiled by Zo's uni. Eating anything of lesser quality is inconceivable

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                another_adam RE: MeowMixx Aug 1, 2007 04:27 PM

                I've had really up and down experience with uni (and some other things) at Blue Marlin-- sometimes it has been OK and sometimes really *not* OK :( I stick with mentaiko-cream, ume, or tuna tartar spaghetti.
                If they're in a downhill slide, this wouldn't be the first time. (They've been through several managements if I understand correctly, and they seem to have a pattern of pulling it together again for a while and slipping again? :S ) Cute place, though...

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              epop RE: hrhboo Aug 1, 2007 01:27 PM

              had one w/ spaghetti on sunday at Toscana and it was fine, not as good as at basta pasta in nyc.
              i'd make it at home, actually.

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                hrhboo RE: epop Aug 1, 2007 03:30 PM

                I love Toscana! Do you know if it was a special, or is it a regular menu item?

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                  epop RE: hrhboo Aug 1, 2007 11:40 PM

                  a special at Toscana.

                  btw, i would never (again) eat at Locanda portofino. it is overpriced, loud, the waiters are arrogant and their food is sub-par.

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                    brunello RE: epop Aug 2, 2007 01:11 AM

                    Sorry to hear that epop.. I've been a regular patron of LP for about 3 years and never had any of those issues (well maybe the loud bit on a Friday or Saturday night -- which I spoke to the brothers (owners) about and when they remodeled they tried to improve the acoustics with more sound dampening.) I find the pricing in line with their ingredients (when something has bottarga or truffles it's generous portions.) As for the waiters and food, it's always been the exact opposite for me (even the first time I went.)

                    I hope that your judgment is off of one night and not something you've experienced in a second visit. Every restaurant can have an off night.

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                      epop RE: brunello Aug 2, 2007 09:41 AM

                      brunello- i went twice, months apart from one another.

                      i asked for not much oil with my pasta and ended up with 5x the usual amount. the others at the table liked their meal (except one of the kids)but i consider myself to be much more uncompromising and really left feeling angry. i tasted from their plates as well and was unimpressed. Montana doesn't have a recommendable place, imho.

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                      hrhboo RE: epop Aug 2, 2007 10:25 AM

                      Thanks! I'll call Toscana before I go to see when they might have it.

                      Loudness and arrogance don't really bother me if the food is good, so I might give Locanda a try as well.

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                  brunello RE: hrhboo Aug 1, 2007 01:41 PM

                  Locando Portofino at 11th & Montana, Santa Monica makes a really fantastic uni pasta. It's on and off the specials menu... so call ahead. Beautifully al dente perfect pasta and a really rich sauce with a fairly large uni amount.

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                    foreignmuck RE: brunello Aug 1, 2007 02:59 PM

                    i love uni pasta. ive never seen it outside Japan (i live in London)
                    can you get mentaiko (spicy fish roe) pasta there too? thats amazing.. infact, in Tokyo once i had a 'deluxe' pasta which was a mix of uni, mentaiko and raw squid, topped with Nori.. yum.. :)

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                      wilafur RE: foreignmuck Aug 1, 2007 02:59 PM

                      gosh, that sounds mighty tastey!

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                        westsidegal RE: foreignmuck Aug 1, 2007 03:16 PM

                        haven't tried it myself (i always stick to the spaghetti w/ natto), but the spoon house in gardena carries spaghetti w/ uni

                    2. L nrs RE: hrhboo Aug 1, 2007 03:12 PM

                      It was at least a year and a half ago (if not more) but I had a very tasty uni spaghetti at La Terza.

                      1. hrhboo RE: hrhboo Aug 1, 2007 03:15 PM

                        Thanks for all the recs everyone. I'm looking forward to trying them out.

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                          Burger Boy RE: hrhboo Aug 1, 2007 03:37 PM

                          Call Spoon House in Torrance/Gardena it is Japanese/Italian. Great Place, get the coffee flavored desserts.

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                            poptisserie RE: Burger Boy Aug 2, 2007 09:59 AM

                            Second the Spoon House rec. Theirs is a tarako butter sauce topped with uni, ika, and/or seaweed. Really good.

                            Sometimes Il Chianti in Lomita has uni spaghetti on its menu. It's a Japanese-Italian place. One of my faves.

                            Providence once had a meyer lemon uni risotto on their menu.


                            5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

                            Il Chianti
                            24503 Narbonne Ave, Lomita, CA 90717

                            Spoon House
                            1601 W Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

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                            MeowMixx RE: hrhboo Aug 1, 2007 03:43 PM

                            The best uni "spaghetti" I've had was at Zo (of course). The "spaghetti" was thin strips of ika, tossed with an uni sauce. YUM!!!!!!!!!!!

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                              budlit RE: hrhboo Aug 1, 2007 03:51 PM

                              Ken at Kiriko does an uni risotto sometimes

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                                alison RE: hrhboo Aug 1, 2007 05:29 PM

                                Providence has a market special of chitarra ( a square shaped spaghetti) w/ uni , summer truffle & green onions right now. You can order it ala carte-it's amazing !!!!

                                1. PlatypusJ RE: hrhboo Aug 1, 2007 07:18 PM

                                  Zo has Uni spaghetti!! Let's get some!

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                                    epop RE: PlatypusJ Aug 1, 2007 11:40 PM

                                    Zo's is not made with pasta, but w/ squid

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                                      hrhboo RE: epop Aug 2, 2007 10:27 AM

                                      That's actually even better (not least for my waistline!)

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                                      hrhboo RE: PlatypusJ Aug 2, 2007 10:26 AM

                                      As if I needed another reason to go to Zo! I'm so there.

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                                      1. Ciao Bob RE: hrhboo Aug 2, 2007 10:14 AM

                                        I LOVE Spaghetti con Ricci. Best I've had in LA was a special at La Terza. Souns like I need to try it at Locando Portofino.

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