Dishes with Uni
- ccbweb Aug 6, 2007 02:45 PM
My wife and I go for sushi on something of a regular basis. One of my favorite items when we do is uni. I'd like to know, then, what your favorite non-sushi dishes utilizing uni in San Francisco are and where I may find them. Any cuisine is good, including Japanese places or sushi bars with creative uni dishes, I'm curious to explore different ways this ingredient is used. Thanks!
Ame's chawan mushi w/uni, and Lissa's staff meal with uni, cuttlefish noodles and a quail egg.
A yelp review mentioned a special of the evening uni fettucini at Ristorante Capannina. Call ahead and ask for availability if you go.
1809 UNION STREET
Phone : (415) 409-8001
Although I myself am of the school that uni just tastes great by itself, or lightly seared with a blowtorch on top (try this at your favorite sushi restaurant next time). Noteworthy is Koo (San Francisco) use of uni as an appetizer on a Chinese style soup spoon (two actually, hence dubbed two spoonfuls of double happiness). The "egg" themed spoon is uni (not egg, but gonads) with tobiko, uzura (quail egg) and some sort of sauce? and I'm trying to recall if it had truffle oil on it or if that was on the other spoon (white fish wrapped around monkfish liver). Served with a shot of sake, the idea is you take in a spoonful, then a big sip of sake. The results are quite astounding.
re: Robert Lauriston
Definitely. Hokkaido baifun (horse poop - shape of the outer shell, that is) uni is the prize of all prizes, as they say. Definitely good good good golden brown stuff. I would shudder at the thought of using this improperly in cooked dishes.
Last year at Kaygetsu's sushi bar in Menlo Park, I had Hokkaido scallops nigiri, but the killer sauce Toshi-san applied on top was a thick textured uni and miso mix with a pinch of caviar on top. It was unibelievably great.