Explore Chef Naoki’s Uni

Uni, the edible part of Sea Urchin, is a Japanese delicacy that people either love – or, just don’t.  The intense salt-of the-sea flavor, coupled with the creamy texture is a favorite of many, especially Chef Naoki.   Learn more about our current Uni offerings; Santa Barbara Uni and Hokkaido Uni from Chef Naoki, below.


Uni trey at Naoki Sushi
Uni from Naoki Sushi
Let’s start state-side with Santa Barbara Uni
California Gold” is the highest grade of uni that has a vibrant, bright color and is more firm in texture. It’s melt-in-your-mouth sweet and delicious.
Japanese Uni from Naoki Sushi
Now for Hokkaido Uni.
Grade A Hokkaido ” is the highest grade, best quality uni from Japan, and Chef Naoki’s personal favorite.  It has a deep orange color and a balanced flavor that is sweet and has a delicate ocean freshness.
Two Types of Uni at Naoki Sushi
Hokkaido Uni on the left. Santa Barbara Uni on the right.
What is the main difference between the two?
The uni from Santa Barbara tends to have a sweeter flavor, whereas the uni from Japan tends to have a creamier, smoother texture and a more balanced sweet, yet ocean-y like flavor.
Uni from Naoki Sushi
Hokkaido Uni
If you’ve never had uni, here’s why you should try it.
High quality uni is both rare and delicious. Rumor has it that uni contains a natural euphoria causing chemical that affects the pleasure receptors in the brain.
Japanese Uni Nigiri
Japanese Uni Nigiri
And how you should try it?
Chef Naoki suggests eating uni as a nigiri or sashimi. Pair it with a crisp, dry sake or Champagne and you’re set! To make your reservation at Naoki Sushi, click here.
Japanese Uni Nigiri
Japanese Uni Nigiri

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