I'll be taking my SO for a special omakase b-day dinner this Friday and I have a sneaking suspicion that uni will be one of the courses. I've had uni exactly once before - 8 years ago I tried it and had a really horrible experience. I have a pretty solid constitution, but the minute I put it in my mouth I had an involuntary physical reaction - my mouth got really weird and thought I'd lose my lunch at the table (I did not, but it took a lot of willpower) - almost like I'd put something poisonous in my mouth. I've never experienced that kind of reaction to any food before and it happened so fast that no taste even registered. One other person at the table (who had eaten uni previously) had a similar immediate reaction.
In the years since, I have come to believe that the uni I tried was bad and I am finally ready to give it another shot. Still, I am nervous.
The place we're going to is nice and people rave about the freshness of their seafood and the expertise of their chef. I figure that if I am going to like uni anywhere, it would be there.
Even so, I'd love a pep-talk. How many people love uni? Has anyone had a similar experience to mine with bad uni? I am really hoping that it was just bad uni I was served and the reaction doesn't repeat this time!