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looking for uni (sea urchin)

shellicopter Jun 30, 2008 01:37 PM

So lately I've been ending my meals at Toraya with a nigiri Uni, a delectable treat of sea urchin roe atop a hot bed of rice and wrapped in seaweed...since then I've been wanting to eat uni more often and also maybe in other formats than nigiri. Does anyone know of places in the area to get really good uni in any form, sushi, at a fresh market, as an appetizer? Thanks!

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  1. finlero RE: shellicopter Jun 30, 2008 02:06 PM

    To start, this thread from a few months back should give you a number of good ideas:


    1. steinpilz RE: shellicopter Jun 30, 2008 02:19 PM

      Kotobukiya market at Porter Square sells small boxes of uni (maybe 50 pieces) for around $9, a previous Chowhound thread also said that Courthouse Seafood in Cambridge sometimes has live sea urchin.

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        lemiller610 RE: shellicopter Jun 30, 2008 03:38 PM

        it was my understanding that Uni is out of season in the summer - I've been told that the season is similar to oysters: "out of season in all months that have the letter R in them. " (ie, May, June, July, August - stay away from them). So, good restaurants may not serve them if they are out of season.
        I love uni too! I could be wrong, but I've always lived by that rule. Good luck anyway!

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          RoyRon RE: shellicopter Jul 1, 2008 06:22 AM

          Uni is usually available all year but it comes from different sources depending on the season. The two main sources in the USA are Maine and the west coast, mainly the Santa Barbara area. I love Uni and have eaten it served in many different ways but sometime you should try it served nigiri style but with the addition of a raw quail egg yoke (Uzuru no tamago) on top. It is truly delicious and any good sushi bar should be able to serve this.

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            hotoynoodle RE: RoyRon Jul 1, 2008 06:26 AM

            i am a fiend for uni.

            sea urchins from maine are not very good this time of year, although available. most places will be carrying the pacific variety right now, which is different- milder in flavor and softer in texture. i've never been to a sushi restaurant that doesn't carry it in one form or another. uni with quail egg and shiso leaf is just to die for.

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              barleywino RE: hotoynoodle Jul 1, 2008 10:37 PM

              two preparations i like are uni nigiri with hamachi wrapped around it instead of nori, and uni rolled up in salmon belly and then seared Nobu "new-style" (drizzled w/ smoking hot oil, sesame oil, soy, frizzled leeks). but surely Uni (at Clio) must still do the uni w/ green apple wasabi foam and nori croquant?

          2. sailormouth RE: shellicopter Jul 1, 2008 07:30 AM

            O Ya has some incredible sea urchin. Best I have ever had, I believe it was from Japan, it came in a cute little wooden box with characters on it. I can't remember exactly how it was served but was quite strong and was very prominent in the dish they served.

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              Zatan RE: shellicopter Jul 1, 2008 01:17 PM

              I love the stuff too. An exquisite preparation is the Uni spoon at....Uni. Also their kumamoto oysters with uni; both dishes include caviar and the spoon has a quail egg. Yumm!

              1. aadesmd RE: shellicopter Jul 2, 2008 06:00 AM

                Best I have ever had is from a company called, I believe, catalina seafood. The prices are great, and the quality has been superb. They are on the internet. catalinaop.com.

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                  noonoo3 RE: aadesmd Jul 2, 2008 05:08 PM

                  I second catalina seafood. Ordered two types of Uni and it came frozen. Left it in the fridge for a day and then ate it all sashimi style! Excellent uni :)

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