Our Top 5: Uni


By Laurie Oue
Special to Nonstop

I’ve always liked uni. I can’t even recall my first taste. For as long as I can remember, uni has always been the first thing I order at a sushi bar. Lots of times I’m the only one eating it because others don’t like it—uni are the deep yellow gonads of sea urchins, after all—but I don’t care.

I look for a taste that’s like the sea, yet creamy and buttery. I look for freshness. And in any dish I look for a substantial quantity of uni, enough to get a good taste of it.

There may be different flavors in the sauces and differences in the way a dish is prepared. But still it comes down to flavor. I want to make sure I have a mouthful of uni.

If you want to see all the uni dishes I’ve eaten recently, look for hashtag #uniporn. As for the very best, here are my Top 5 most memorable uni dishes.

No. 5 (tie): Nobu Waikiki

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Uni sushi, Nobu Waikiki

The uni is firm, not mushy, and it has substance. On this night we polished it off and immediately ordered another round because it was so buttery-good, we didn’t want to miss out.

Nobu Waikiki
2233 Helumoa Rd.

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