Uni, Rich in Possibilities

There’s more than one way to eat uni, those delicious, golden sea urchin gonads. CarrieWas218 has on her to-try list: uni and avocado on toast at Bar Crudo; uni with lemon beurre blanc and crab at Anchor & Hope; uni pasta at Tanuki; and “spoonfuls of happiness” at Koo sushi restaurant.

La Ciccia was once a go-to for great uni pasta specials, but twocents was told on a recent visit that it has discontinued its high-content uni dishes. “On that visit we had a tomato-uni pasta which was very good too, but less profoundly uni-tasting.”

Spaghetti with sea urchin at Two gets votes from david kaplan and mariacarmen. “If Ame offers their chawan-mushi with uni (savory steamed egg custard), get it,” advises sairuh. And if you want to keep it straight-up simple and as fresh as can be, Live Sushi Bar regularly offers, no surprise, live uni from the shell.

But for the ultimate experience go to the French Laundry and ask for the uni to be laid on. “Our last time there we had four in one meal,” says lizziee, including ensui uni from Japan with almond panna cotta, diced apple, black truffle, and gold leaf; Mendocino uni with green apple granita; uni with uni emulsion and potato gnocchi with Australian black truffle; and the star of the evening, hen egg omelet with Santa Barbara uni, red ribbon sorrel, white sturgeon caviar, and crème fraîche.

Bar Crudo [Western Addition]
655 Divisadero Street, San Francisco
415-409-0679

Anchor & Hope [SOMA]
83 Minna Street, San Francisco
415-501-9100

Tanuki [Richmond District]
4419 California Street, San Francisco
415-752-5740

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

La Ciccia [Noe Valley]
291 30th Street, San Francisco
415-550-8114

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

Ame [SOMA]
689 Mission Street, San Francisco
415-284-4040

Live Sushi Bar [Potrero]
2001 17th Street, San Francisco
415-861-8610

The French Laundry [Napa Valley]
6640 Washington Street, Yountville
707-944-2380

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