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Buying Uni (Sea Urchin) and Ikura (Salmon Roe Eggs) in UK?

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NEeater Nov 2, 2010 04:27 PM

I've googled, I've asked fish mongers and nobody seems to know how I can get fresh (live?) sea urchins and salmon roe in the UK.
Any ideas?

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  1. CTownFeedR RE: NEeater Nov 3, 2010 02:10 AM

    Good luck with the Uni. I haven't seen it either. You can get cleaned sea urchin meat from places like Atari-ya. Billingsgate is a potential option, though I haven't been yet.

    Salmon roe is much easier however.
    Good fish mongers should have salmon roe. Steve Hatt in Islington for instance. You can also find it in the premium department store food halls such as Selfridges, Harrods etc if you are inclined to spend more. Not sure about the quality, but you can even find it on Ocado.

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      chief1284 RE: NEeater Nov 3, 2010 06:51 AM

      As above Billingsgate is your best bet. Also ask at a few more high end places whether they can get it in for you - Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason etc. Also as said, ask at Steve Hatt.

      Another option is to ask at a sushi place where they get theirs. I know Fuji Foods (excellent takeaway sushi) by Muswell Hill sell Uni-related sushi. They might be able to put you onto a supplier, or even sell you some themselves.

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        johnnypd RE: NEeater Nov 3, 2010 11:15 AM

        depends where you are, but my local fishmongers here in Edinburgh, George Armstrong, gets sea urchin in once a week.

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          foreignmuck RE: NEeater Nov 3, 2010 02:50 PM

          La petite poisonniere, on Gloucester Avenue, Primrose Hill sells whole icelandic sea urchins but only in season as i haven't seen them recently. They were pretty decent the couple of times i bought them, and 3 were enough to make a decent Uni pasta for 1.

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            JFores RE: NEeater Nov 5, 2010 09:46 AM

            I've seen uni at Billingsgate but you almost invariably have to purchase it in near-restaurant quantities if you want it fresh. To get it already opened and bagged you can buy less. This is based on only one trip to Billingsgate though so I can't promise you they'll have it. Ask around a lot.

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              lacemaker RE: NEeater Nov 9, 2010 01:01 AM

              The scottish stall at borough markets very occasionally has whole sea urchins in - I'd promised myself I'd buy one one day, but haven't seen them there in months - I suppose one could ask them whether they can still source them.

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                lacemaker RE: NEeater Oct 29, 2013 03:06 AM

                I think there have been some deletions from this thread, but for future reference I bought 3 small Scottish uni for just over £6 from the fishmonger who is at Wilton Road markets near Victoria on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

                The flavour was good, but the quantity pretty minimal. Would work as an addition to a special occasion dish, I guess.

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