A dedicated-UNI restaurant is a dream come true for sea urchin lovers.
Some have the vision of buying an entire box from Tsukiji Fish Market and finish that in one sitting.
Uni Gallery by OosterBay has opened at The Plaza on Beach Road (The building is behind PARKROYAL hotel.)
Despite the somewhat ulu location, the entire premise of an uni restaurant has gathered enough buzz from Japanese food lovers, and it was relatively crowded both times I visited.
Reviews have been pretty mixed though, with some gushing over the generous creamy uni, while others complained about “funky” and bitter ones.
Little fun fact: Sea urchins are actually high in protein and good, polyunsaturated fats which can help in lowering of cholesterol.
For a start, the Uni dishes included Uni Onsen Tamago ($25), Uni Oyster Shot ($25), Uni Agedashi Tofu ($22), Uni Maki Roll ($68), Uni with Quail Egg ($20), Uni Sashimi ($29), and Uni Chirashi ($49).
I ordered an Uni Aglio Olio ($28) which unfortunately suffered from the classic case of “reality vs Instagram”.
From the photo, you could possibly tell that the pasta was bland and uninspiring. Strange question I asked myself, ”Did the food bloggers get more uni” after I furiously scrolled Instagram wondering why I had so little.
Anyway, a waste of the uni as the two didn’t blend at all, especially when the pasta was heavily added with garlic. Perhaps thinner noodles such as the capellini, or a creamy base would have worked better.
I suspect that the restaurant would be stronger in their Japanese dishes.
The Uni Chirashi contained a sizable portion of premium grade uni, complemented with kinshi tamago (shredded egg crepe).
The sensation of scooping and letting the creamy and buttery uni slide in your tongue spoonful after spoonful was expectedly pleasurable.
However, my bowl could be different from others as the supposedly better batch from British Columbia Canada has not arrived during the day of ordering.
If you happen NOT to like uni at all and have to be at this restaurant, do not worry as there are other normal Japanese dishes and donburi to expect as well.
Uni Gallery has garnered generally favourable reviews, with some on the other end of the spectrum.
It could be a case of inconsistent preparation, shipment of uni not arriving, or just so happened that the bitter ones landed in the bowl.
Hope they would be able to keep that occurrence to a minimum.
A little recommendation for the restaurant: I think this is great opportunity for the staff to educate diners on origins, type, gender, taste profile of uni to make the experience a more interactive one.
Uni Gallery by OosterBay
7500A Beach Road, B1-310, The Plaza Singapore 199591
Tel: 6291 0528
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 6:00pm – 10:00pm, Last Order 9:30pm