Uni Excellence

Maybe the best spoonful of sea urchin in town is at Koo. The appetizer “A Spoonful of Happiness” is a large, Chinese soup spoon filled with uni, quail egg, tobiko, ponzu, and ankimo, wrapped with whitefish, and topped with truffle oil. It comes with a shot of chilled sake on the side. It is happiness indeed, says vliang. Take in a spoonful, and immediately take a big sip of sake, recommends K K. “The results are quite astounding.”

There are other great uni dishes around town. At Ame, don’t miss the chawan mushi with uni, and Lissa’s Staff Meal with uni, cuttlefish noodles, and a quail egg. Try Two’s spaghettini with sea urchin, and Tanto’s baked scallop with uni.

The best pure uni experience Robert Lauriston has ever had is uni nigiri at Sebo. It’s fresh, wild, Japanese, and flown in that day. The restaurant serves Hokkaido baifun (literally, horse poop uni—named for the shape of the shell), “the prize of all prizes,” as far as uni goes.

Koo [Sunset]
408 Irving Street, San Francisco
415-731-7077
Location

Ame [SOMA]
In St. Regis Hotel
689 Mission Street, San Francisco
415-284-4040
Location

Two [SOMA]
22 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco
415-777-9779
Location

Tanto Japanese Restaurant [South Bay]
1063 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale
408-244-7311
Location

Sebo [Hayes Valley]
517 Hayes Street, San Francisco
415-864-2181

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