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Where can I get pasta with uni / sea urchin this weekend?

cubbee Sep 23, 2013 08:59 PM

Looking for a very basic dish of spaghetti with sea urchin or something like that... Anywhere in SF? I know some places have it sometimes like SPQR and La Ciccia and Skool but who will have it for sure?

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    rubadubgdub Oct 3, 2013 11:29 AM

    Farmshop in Larkspur had it last night: spaghetti w cherry toms, tuna heart, santa barbara sea urchin. The tomatoes were a new twist for me in this dish, definitely bumping up the acid in the combo. But there just wasn't enough sea urchin (2 lobes?) to keep it interesting. Pasta was nice, much lighter than what I had at Dopo.

    1. Windy Oct 3, 2013 09:13 AM

      Commonwealth has a sea urchin, corn, and tapioca fritter on the current menu. We didn't try it though.

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        PekoePeony Oct 3, 2013 02:29 AM

        Not in SF, but Usagi in San Mateo has a tasty uni risotto.

        1. Melanie Wong Oct 2, 2013 11:16 AM

          Did you find the uni of your dreams?

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          1. re: Melanie Wong
            cubbee Oct 2, 2013 12:40 PM

            No one in SF had it the last two nights I tried. I'll keep trying and when I do find the uni of my dreams, I'll post an update. It's too bad no one has it consistently. I'm thinking of making it myself but somehow don't think that will be satisfying enough.

            1. re: cubbee
              alfairfax Oct 3, 2013 07:10 AM

              Funny you could not find it at any place mentioned above. I was at 1760 last night (Wed) and it was on the menu (although I did not order it).

              1. re: cubbee
                Robert Lauriston Oct 3, 2013 09:14 AM

                Maybe restaurants don't have it consistently because they can't always get the quality they want.

              2. re: Melanie Wong
                cubbee Oct 21, 2013 03:47 PM

                Finally made it to 1760 a couple weeks ago - and had the Bucatini with uni, and garlic bread crumbs. It was delicious!! I am still thinking about it...almost went back this weekend. The uni was just in chunks on top of the perfectly cooked pasta. I am still looking for this dish where they blend some uni into the sauce too...

                1. re: cubbee
                  Melanie Wong Oct 26, 2013 10:48 PM

                  I'm hearing good things about 1760 from others too. This is quite a delicious quest you've picked for yourself. Please keep us posted.

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                drinkmoretang Sep 25, 2013 07:44 AM

                SPQR had the smoked fettucini with uni as of 9/21; we did not order it, but did see it pass by.

                1. Windy Sep 24, 2013 10:08 PM

                  Skool always has uni flan.

                  La Ciccia's is well worth it.

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                  1. re: Windy
                    wally Sep 24, 2013 10:39 PM

                    Just call! La Ciccia is well worth it.

                    1. re: wally
                      barberinibee Sep 25, 2013 04:58 AM

                      If you call La Ciccia, the Italian word for sea urchins is ricci (reech-chee). No doubt you will be understood if you ask about the availability of sea urchins or uni, but it helps to know the Italian anyway.

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                    rubadubgdub Sep 24, 2013 02:02 PM

                    I had it recently at Dopo in Oakland but it's not on the menu today. I mention it because despite each of the elements tasting quite good (homemade spaghetti/bucatini, good olive oil, crisp breadcrumbs, decent uni), the whole fell short. I think the pasta overwhelmed the uni (too much of it, too heavy). So the balance of uni to pasta really matters as do the temps (hot pasta and cool uni). I remember tasting this dish the first time in LA and really being wowed. Pls report back if you encounter SF sublime.

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                      Mr_Happy Sep 24, 2013 12:22 PM

                      1760 has a version of this dish, bucatini with uni and bread crumbs. http://www.1760sf.com/menu-main/

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                      1. re: Mr_Happy
                        Melanie Wong Sep 27, 2013 05:21 PM

                        And here's huckleberry's report on the bucatini,

                      2. CarrieWas218 Sep 24, 2013 12:02 PM

                        Morimoto in Napa has it, if you are interested in a drive to wine country...

                        1. sparkerly Sep 24, 2013 12:15 AM

                          I'd like to know as well! I was going to make the exact thread sometime haha

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