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Best Uni in town...

Dante8 Jul 2, 2011 01:51 PM

Being brand new to Boston & living in Brookline area-
Where can I get the best uni that's not too far away?

Plated/served: In whatever creative or non creative way

  1. hotoynoodle Jul 2, 2011 03:03 PM

    the quality of sea urchin declines in summer, as the water warms, they spawn and the texture and flavor are both not as good as during colder months.

    uni @ clio does a fine rendition, with caviar and quail egg.

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    1. re: hotoynoodle
      Dante8 Jul 2, 2011 03:15 PM

      Ah yes alright- well when in season then. Just want to map out my Boston go tos.
      Sounds like a wonderful rendition - thanks for the tip!

    2. MC Slim JB Jul 2, 2011 03:24 PM

      Coppa Enoteca does a spaghetti alla carbonara with sea urchin, bacon and egg that is really nice.

      Toro usually has sea urchin in a couple of tapas, like erizos, a little stew of uni, crab, and Maine lobster. They used to serve this in half a sea urchin shell with the spines blunted, very cool, but I don't think they do that anymore.

      Both Coppa and Toro (which have the same exec chef) have done a bocadillo, a little pressed sandwich of uni and something else rich and creamy (marrow, miso butter, like that), but I don't see them on either current menu.

      Clio has a long-running cassolette of sea urchin and Maine lobster on its app menu.

      O Ya uses sea urchin to good effect in several of its nigiri, sashimi, and noodle dishes.


      253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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      1. re: MC Slim JB
        Dante8 Jul 2, 2011 03:31 PM

        Sounds great- also thanks for your link, looks like I'll be referring to it often to explore what Boston has to offer.

        1. re: MC Slim JB
          Beachowolfe Jul 4, 2011 10:35 AM

          There is an uni salami panino on the menu at Coppa now.

        2. steinpilz Jul 3, 2011 12:06 PM

          If you want to buy uni trays Courthouse Seafood in East Cambridge, Sakanaya in Allston, and Ebisuya in Medford are good places.

          75 Linden St, Boston, MA 02134

          1. uhockey Jul 3, 2011 01:23 PM

            Seems unlikely that anyone would be serving better seafood of any sort than O Ya - and to say they are creative in pretty much everything they do is an understatement.


            O Ya
            9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

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