Uni-que: 10 Restaurants for Sea Urchin Dishes You Need to Try

A spiky shell conceals a sea urchin’s treasure: two uni tongues. These delicate delicacies offer a true taste of the sea. Beautifully briny with a touch of sweetness, the seaworthy slips are rich with umami undertones. Indulge by heading to one of these restaurants for sea urchin dishes and ordering these spine-tinglingly stellar preparations.

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, Vancouver, British Columbia
This amuse bouche is only accessible as a part of the tasting menu experience. A rice cracker cradles an orange tongue of uni. It’s dressed up with ikura (red roe), shiso, and fresh wasabi. Make a reservation at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar.

Restaurants for Sea Urchin

Hinoki & The Bird, Los Angeles, California
French and Japanese influences mingle in this striking sandwich. A baguette is slathered with housemade ricotta and local honey and then stuffed with uni galore. C’est magnifique (it’s wonderful) and sugoi (awesome)! Make a reservation at Hinoki & The Bird.

Restaurants for Sea Urchin

Azabu, Miami Beach, Florida
Sorry, avocado toast, but you just got one-upped. Half a grilled ‘cado is crowned with uni, soy sauce, and wasabi. Bonus: it’s low-carb. Make a reservation at Azabu.

Restaurants for Sea Urchin

Herb & Wood, San Diego, California
You’ve never had a pizza quite like this. A garlic and herb-rubbed crust is topped with whipped burrata, preserved lemon, red onion, water cress, trout roe, and plenty of uni. It’s totally acceptable to compete for the last slice, though we recommend Rochambeau rather than pistols at dawn. Make a reservation at Herb & Wood.

Restaurants for Sea Urchin

Bourbon Steak, Washington, D.C.
Crab Imperial just got an upgrade. The classic dish gets an assist from an onslaught of uni. The results are brinier and bolder. Make a reservation at Bourbon Steak.

Restaurants for Sea Urchin

o ya, New York, New York
Shhh, there’s a secret menu here. A standout item is the Hokkaido uni hand roll. Shiso flowers and freshly ground wasabi pep the prep. Make a reservation at o ya.

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Coquille Fine Seafood, Vancouver, British Columbia
Indulge in some raw power. The seafood platters highlight a freshly caught selection of oceanic treasures. Uni arrives in its spiky shell dappled with roe for an extra pop of sweet salinity. Make a reservation at Coquille Fine Seafood.

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Nobu, Washington, D.C.
Artful simplicity is the approach here. Case in point is this charming presentation featuring a Hokkaido scallop, uni, and Ossetra caviar. It’s a reminder that sometimes the biggest flavors come in the smallest packages. Make a reservation at Nobu.

Restaurants for Sea Urchin

Pubbelly Noodle Bar, Miami, Florida 
Oodles of noodles boasting an umami oomph. The svelte strands are lavished with harissa butter, dried tomato, and horseradish. Oh, yeah, and plenty of uni. Make a reservation at Pubbelly Noodle Bar.

Restaurants for Sea Urchin

Oceana, New York, New York
This is a top toast. Uni graces truncheons of garlic rubbed brioche. #SimplyDelicious. Make a reservation at Oceana.

Restaurants for Sea Urchin

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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.

Photo credits: DeepSleep Studio (Azabu); Edibilicious Photography (Coquille); Sam Wells (Herb & Wood); ForkedUp (Hinoki & The Bird); Brigitte Schambon (Pubbelly).