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Any recommendations for purchasing Uni (sashimi) in bulk in the GTA?

Does anyone know where I could puchase 2-3 trays of Uni sashimi for a frugal price? I believe there might be 10-12 pieces of Uni sashimi in a tray.

What is considered a decent price to pay?

TIA!

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  1. Have you been to T&T Supermarket - there are a few locations. They have sushi/sashimi available in a variety of sizes (single pieces, platters). The fish is fresh and the prices are better than restaurants. I don't know if they do custom orders but it might be worth a try!

    Good luck!

    1. Do not go to T & T for uni. I don't know if there is such thing as uni for a frugal price. I have seen frozen uni at H mart and at J town up in Markham. H mart is about $50 a tray (small tray
      Good luck

      1. ya I would recommend J-town too. I'm not sure about price but if you're buying uni and planing to eat it raw, quality is important...but to each their own...Good luck!

        1. Taro's Fish

          http://www.tarosfish.com/

          Sakana-ya

          http://www.jtown.ca/English/sakanaya....

          Uni is graded from A to C, the higher the grade, the firmer the texture and brighter the colour. C grade isn't really used for sushi...

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          1. re: aser

            Second Taro and Sakana-ya. They carry it at Diana's too, according to a recent post by BokChoi, I think.

            1. re: tjr

              diana's has uni trays (plastic) but i wouldn't suggest it though they might be your most frugal option at about $20 a tray (i think...). they layer the bigger paler pieces of uni over top of darker smaller pieces... it's a bit deceptive i think. interestingly enough though the top pieces were quite bland with very little flavour and the darker smaller less perfect looking ones were a touch creamy and a touch sweet. at least they weren't bitter i guess!

              1. re: pinstripeprincess

                Yikes! I haven't been... I guess I take that back!

                1. re: tjr

                  Either way, for the OP, uni isn't something I would enthusiastically buy at a discounted price. If you want the tasty stuff, you have to pay to play.

                  1. re: tjr

                    well it is a source, so you don't have to take it back. but you certainly get what you pay for....

                2. re: tjr

                  tjr, the uni at Diana's was quite nice. PSP was correct to say that the top layer was lighter in both colour and flavour, but I do not think they were bland at all. I don't know much about the physiology or how physics would play in the stacking of two different layers on top of one another, but perhaps this may have had something to do with the colour/flavour difference. I found both layers to be very nice and sweet and not at all bitter. The owner explained that there were two complete unis in each tray for $20. There is no 'hiding' of the worse-off uni pieces on the bottom layer.

                  Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bokchoi-...

                  They were the best price out of all 3 places I have checked (J Town, Taro, Diana's) that sell them in bulk.

                  But to each their own. PSP smelled an unpleasant fishy smell in Diana's - I did not, nor did many others (there was indeed a fresh fish smell). That's not to say that the smell wasn't there. Perhaps we were not as perceptive? Someone did note it could have been the salt cod smell.

                  Either way, I think Diana's is worth checking out: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/586214

                  J Town is fun as well though.
                  Sakana-ya post: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/546741

                  Cheers!

                  1. re: BokChoi

                    if the discolouration is due to the stacking why stack?

                    i find it smelled more fishy than tnt (in the seafood section) and the former bigland on both my visits.

                    as for the taste: they were bland compared to japanese and west coast uni. but not bitter nor off tasting. maybe its an atlantic thing.


                    Chow!
                    HL.

                    1. re: HarryLloyd

                      To save the environment and save on shipping costs? I'm not going to try and guess because I am not the owner. But this is how it is always done in the trays I have seen around the city.

                      Just as an FYI, the batch from Diana's I got was from Vancouver (not sure if the owner was confused when he communicated that).

                      1. re: BokChoi

                        i was told mine were NS. that may explain a lot!


                        Chow!
                        HL.

                        1. re: HarryLloyd

                          How interesting. I should always ask before I place an order. I have only ordered it once so far. Thanks HarryLloyd for the heads-up on that one.

                    2. re: BokChoi

                      do you have photos of the uni inside the tray? you have a technical background, there is no way you could have quantitatively not noticed that the second darker layer contained non-whole pieces of uni. i was given several small flaccid looking and possibly broken pieces (up to even 3!) on the bottom of EVERY single cradle of uni. with the top one looking pristine. it is absolutely deception unless i was given a completely odd tray out of the bunch.

                      besides. after eating several trays of uni from japanese fish markets in tokyo (and i never intended to bring out the japan card considering i've only been there for one trip)... there is never a discolouration from layering or stacking unless it is an inferior grade. each wooden tray is consistently one very uniform colour and size.

                      either way, their uni lacked that wonderful umami flavour that sends shivers up and down my spine. they were dull.

                      1. re: pinstripeprincess

                        Actually, I dug up a photo for you. The piece underneath is the same size as the top layer and is in one complete piece. Not to say you didn't get a bad set, but you wanted to see a photo (I have no idea why I took a photo of this - maybe just for a situation just like this!). Perhaps yours was just sitting longer in the trays. Mine had just arrived the day before. I am not saying that these were as good as the ones you get in Japan, but for the price, and proximity, they were quite nice. You have a technical training as well, so you could surmise that perhaps the 'squished' pieces may have been due to gravity. The ones you got from Japan were probably fresh and from the same day. The ones at Diana's had probably been stacked for a couple of days.

                        http://www.flickr.com/photos/bokchoi-...

                        1. re: BokChoi

                          the claim was that the uni i purchased was brought in that morning. one of the reasons i decided to purchase it.

                          yours looks significantly better than what i received. your bottom layer doesn't even look all that discoloured compared to what i had.

                          also, my mention of japan was only to point out that even with the severe stacking going on in the wooden trays, there is no discolouration based on the layering at all. if it were to occur then the half brightly coloured and half darkly coloured uni would surely be tossed.

                          1. re: pinstripeprincess

                            If the uni was falling apart, that is a good sign that it was not harvested correctly (or attentively enough). Off colouring could mean that it wasn't fresh, or perhaps that it was of lower grade. Do they grade their uni? Will they let you check the bottom layer?

                            1. re: pinstripeprincess

                              I think the Uni there is of low quality in general. If the owner said it was from Vancouver then that's probably why. 2 inch roe sacks and the lack of "Umami" flavor only serves to confirm my suspicions. As a side note maybe "Ise" flavor is a better term for Uni.

                              They are stacked that way here because of their size. It would be hard to stack a 2 inch roe sack vertically like they do in the wooden trays in japan. All in all though that's par for the course for a $20 tray of Uni.

                  2. Thank you all!! I think I will checkout J-Town since it's closest to me. =)