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[–]PorkPyeWalker 9 points10 points  (6 children)

I've always heard that sea urchin is the ultimate in acquired taste. Can you describe it? Did it take a few tries to enjoy it?

[–]Eat_Around_the_Rosie[S] 13 points14 points  (2 children)

Ohh, good question. A good fresh one, which generally you can tell by it’s golden yellow orange color, is very sweet (savory umami sweet) intense ocean taste with a texture... I think almost like oyster. Yeah, take a really fresh oyster and make it umami sweet, like sweet shrimp kind of sweet.

However, a really bad uni can be bitter and leave a bad taste in your mouth. If you want to try uni the first time, go with an really good restaurant that has a good reputation, not like any random Japanese restaurant.

Most good restaurants get their uni daily from the market. A good one to try is the Santa Barbara uni which is known to be really sweet. So ask around restaurants to see if they really know where their uni is from. Knowledgeable ones will be able to tell you where it’s from. Hokkaido ones are good too!

[–]PorkPyeWalker 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Thanks for the tips!

[–]xiipaoc 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I've always heard that sea urchin is the ultimate in acquired taste.

You're confusing it with natto. Natto is the ultimate in acquired taste. And it's delicious. Also pork intestines. Yum!

Did it take a few tries to enjoy it?

Yes! Many, actually. But now I like it. I don't get it often, but I do sometimes. Some restaurants have dishes with uni -- there's one place near me that does a pasta with uni and bottarga (or at least they had it last time I went), and it's actually really nice that way.

Can you describe it?

No. But that won't stop me from trying. So.

First, it's a paste. It's not very thick. It's not solid like a piece of bad tuna or unctuous like a piece of good tuna. It's pasty. And it's bitter. And it tastes like seawater. It's bitter seawater with a very light texture. Ringing endorsement, I know. Honestly, I don't know why I like it; it definitely took me many tries, as I mentioned. In some places you can get sea urchin in the shell, like a prepared dish, and it's still bitter seawater but it might have more texture. Damn, now I want some uni, but we have a different dinner planned...

I know OP compared it to a sweet oyster, but I don't see it. Oysters are sweet and salty, but uni is bitter, and I've had it at good restaurants. But people like beer, endives, and other bitter foods, so there's nothing wrong with bitter. Fuck, people like bitter melon. That's one I'll never understand.

[–]PorkPyeWalker 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Good notes, thank you.

[–]DopestDope42069 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Salt water marshmallow paste. That's how I'd describe it. Lol.

[–]Sams_Jam 3 points4 points  (5 children)

Where from?

[–]Eat_Around_the_Rosie[S] 13 points14 points  (2 children)

Naoki Sushi is Chicago. In my opinion the best sushi rice ☺️ Chef Naoki is trained and from Japan I believe.

[–]ImGoingToTheCrevice 1 point2 points  (1 child)

If you’ve never had the opportunity, go try Kai Zan (Chicago). The premium omakase can be a little on the pricey side, but for maybe the best 10 courses of sushi I’ve ever had it’s definitely something we try to go experience at least once a year.

[–]Eat_Around_the_Rosie[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yes! Kaizan is one of my favorites too! I did the omakase a few times but it was too much food for me lol Nowadays I just order a la carte ☺️ I normally split the Uni Toro Tartare since it’s not on the omakase menu.

[–]JimmySerrano 4 points5 points  (2 children)

What does a dish like this cost? It really does look about as perfect as food could look.

[–]Eat_Around_the_Rosie[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Normal sushi restaurants can do for $3-7 a piece. This place we went to is more expensive (went for a special occasion) and it was around $7-$10 a piece depending on the fish type.

[–]xiipaoc 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I don't know how much OP paid, but I could get something like this at a very good restaurant near me for less than $40. It's not cheap, but it's not crazy expensive either.

[–]haysus25 2 points3 points  (10 children)

That looks so good. Did you use any sauces? Man, that tuna is making me drool.

[–]Eat_Around_the_Rosie[S] 6 points7 points  (6 children)

Nope! The chef says the sauce is already brushed on and meant to be eaten without soy sauce 😊

[–]Dimarziomesafan 2 points3 points  (5 children)

That is when I feel confident about a sushi place. Brushed on is my preferred method.

[–]Eat_Around_the_Rosie[S] 5 points6 points  (4 children)

That reminds me of Chef Jiro from the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. All the sauce is brushed on. I regret not being able to go there when I was in Japan.

[–]Dimarziomesafan 1 point2 points  (3 children)

IIRC you need like a crazy advanced booking anyways, he has like 12 seats or something

[–]epicmarc 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Pretty sure they're not even accepting reservations right now, thats how booked they are

[–]Eat_Around_the_Rosie[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah, wish I had know. We thought 2 months were advanced enough :(

[–]xiipaoc 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Good sushi doesn't need sauces!

[–]haysus25 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I like just a few drops of ponzu on mine....

[–]DopestDope42069 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I was about to say that. All that sauce on it is killing me inside. Only fish that should have sauce is albacore as it's very tasteless unless prepared with something. And even that, I go basic as hell with something like garlic ponzu and tiny bit at that.

[–]moosehungor 2 points3 points  (3 children)

So nice to see real sushi and not just a tray of rolls :)

[–]DopestDope42069 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Some self proclaimed sushi eater that probably orders Cali rolls and calls it sushi downvoted you. I got you bro. Rolls are shit in comparison to sushi and sashimi

[–]Eat_Around_the_Rosie[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I agree! The only good rolls are the traditional maki (the smaller rolls) that all they put in is just fish and nothing more ☺️

[–]allthekos 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sea urchin is awful. Had it as fresh as you can get plucked straight out the sea...it was meh. And I'll eat anything .

[–]OnlyPhoneBTW 0 points1 point  (3 children)

looks expensive

[–]DopestDope42069 0 points1 point  (1 child)

It is. You can tell by the color of the tuna. If it was light pink you can tell it's probably an all you can eat. That dark red indicates it's blue fin. Which is amazing.

[–]Eat_Around_the_Rosie[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wow, you’re good. It is indeed blue fin!

[–]omoplataOplomo 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I'm curious how the mackerel was. It's a pretty oily and strong tasting fish and many people don't even like it when it's cooked.

[–]Eat_Around_the_Rosie[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It’s just like the way you described lol I was never a fan of it and just let my friends have it 😅

[–]Max_power42 0 points1 point  (1 child)

what are the other pieces? chu toro? snapper?

[–]Eat_Around_the_Rosie[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Chutoro, Amber Jack (Kanpachi) and Sea Bream (Madai) ☺️

[–]badfish941 0 points1 point  (1 child)

How is macrel sashimi? We catch Spanish and king Marcel where I'm from, but the meat is very oily and most people only eat it smoked or in fish dip

[–]Eat_Around_the_Rosie[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Technically for most Mackerel sashimi, it’s not really raw but cured in vinegar and salt. You can still enjoy it raw but it has to be freshly caught. It’s still very oily and rich, but the vinegar helps break up the taste. Still not much my cup of tea tho 😅

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[–]cellar_door_found 0 points1 point  (4 children)

All of them look good, except the salmon.

A great sushi place will want to use wild salmon; not farm salmon.

[–]Slavithor 3 points4 points  (2 children)

how can you tell?

[–]Eat_Around_the_Rosie[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Wild salmon has less fat (the white stripes), farmed has more obvious white fat stripes 😊

[–]JimmySerrano 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I guess that makes me a farmed human.

[–]ltburch 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I prefer the farmed, way more fatty than the wild. The two are very different things.