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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

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  1. hotoynoodle RE: Dante8 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 RE: hotoynoodle 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 RE: Dante8 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 RE: MC Slim JB 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 RE: MC Slim JB Jul 4, 2011 10:35 AM

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

        2. steinpilz RE: Dante8 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 RE: Dante8 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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