Sea urchin, or uni, is a delicacy in Japan. But it’s also an acquired taste. For uni lovers like ourselves, you’re probably accustomed to having it served on rice as sushi, or as sashimi. Maybe the occasional uni pasta. But now a new Tokyo restaurant, aptly named Uniholic, wants to open up the doors to a whole new world of uni-possibilities.
Uniholic opens tomorrow – November 15 – in Tokyo’s Roppongi district. And although the new restaurant specializes in a delicacy, they don’t want to be thought of as snobby. The restaurant is designed with a hip, casual ambiance with bar and even a communal table. The pendant lights that lovingly represent the underwater sea creature and its globular spines are a nice touch.
At Uniholic, different varieties of sea urchin are sourced daily from all around Japan, and the world. Expect not only Japanese dishes but Italian and Spanish takes on sea urchin like Uni Acqua Pazza and Uni Ajillo. As far as pricing goes, Uniholic is serving a special 4-course uni dinner for 8000 yen to celebrate their opening.
Uniholic is located on the 11th floor of the Yamato Building in Roppongi (7-14-5 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo). Lunch hours are 11:30am – 2:30pm, Dinner hours are 5:00pm – 11:00 and their bar will stay open till 5am. You can find them on Facebook and Instagram.