Lived up to expectations for a Ken Orringer restaurant. Varied menu, small plates, and sushi. Waiter was personable, well acquainted with menu, ingredients, and accurate with recommendations. Lobster BLT and Cheeseburger rolls were novel, but disappointing in taste compared to the small plates selected. High quality, memorable experience.
Hands down one of the best meals of my life! My husband and I went there to have a special New Years Eve dinner and we were treated to some complimentary dishes that were AMAZING! Such delicious flavors, phenomenal food, and a unique experience. Run, don't walk!!
This has become a yearly tradition for my family at the holidays and we all look forward to it every year.
Food was excellent, with a unique and contemporary selection of sushi! Loved it!
Tuna tartare, so delicious!!!
The food here was overly seasoned and salty. The experience, underwhelming. Water had to be refilled multiple times because of the salt content. We had hamachi Kama, a light flakey white fish meant to be carefully seasoned at most a thin glaze and topped with lemon was slathered with a heavy thick Korean bbq sauce topped with scallion. I could barely taste the natural flavors of the fish!
The “California Gold” was lacking uni. It was a bowl of croutons covered in oyster foam bubbles so you couldn’t see that you were missing sea urchin. This dish should’ve been called “after the gold rush” or “uni-less bubble bath”. We had two first time uni tasters at the table. The server explained that some of the best uni comes California.. (Agreed! Santa Barbara is my favorite!) having said that, why would you garnish the best uni with overpowering oyster foam and flavorful croutons masking the natural sweet buttery creamy taste?
Fatty toro was not at all creamy. The cut of the fish was gristly and veiny, not the usual melt in your mouth type of texture you’re supposed to experience. Ditto for the Otoro (super fatty tuna), which was $30+ for two pieces!
Food presentation and service were the only redeeming qualities of this expensive restaurant. When asked which dish stuck out the most for me that night, it turned out to be the 8 dollars blistered shishito peppers. Instagram all you want, after all, that is what you are paying for.
I spent the later half of my birthday angry and disappointed because of this terrible experience.
For the same price, you’re better off going to Oishii
We had special occasion to celebrate and UNI was a good choice. Unusual dishes and interesting recipes. The sushi could be better, the ribs were good and dumplings so so. The chef should try and improve these because the place is very nice and pleasant to spend an evening.
So, this restaurant is a bold, and innovative interpretation of sushi, hot and cold dishes, and some other interesting related items.....the staff is very informed, helpful and pleasant.....the ambiance down at the sushi bar is very cozy and romantic......the problem w/ any restaurant of this sort at this level of culinary / gastronomic creativity and originality is cost / value / experience ratio.....I have never, ever in my life had a dinner for two without a very expensive 150-200$ bottle of wine that ended up being $500 for two people....OMG.....when I got the $430 bill, I almost passed out from surprise....I knew some of the items we ordered were more expensive, for example a "$35 bite" each....it being truffle season, we ordered literally a "spoon", albeit a heaping spoon w/ a, "best consumed as a single bite" per our server, and it was utterly delicious and delectable.... of course for this amount of money you would think you would feel moderately full, not thanksgiving full, but somewhat more satiated than you really do.....I knew it was 4 star expensive, but not 8 star expensive....
This was my first time at the revamped Uni (taking over the Clio space) and sadly was not the Uni I knew & loved. The music was so loud and bass-heavy I could not hear my husband. The lighting was dark, the tables were very close together and the crowd was very young. While the quality of the fish and creativity of the dishes were still outstanding, I feel like Uni has change the audience they are going after. Hoping it works, because it's no longer the right place for me (sadly).