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Uni

Restaurants, Japanese Belgravia
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
Uni

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

A uni isn’t just somewhere you take a course in medieval literature and/or get drunk on a Monday afternoon – this uni (pronounced ‘oo-ni’) is Japanese for ‘sea urchin’. But before you start brushing up on your Nihongo, take note: Uni serves nikkei (a fusion cuisine named after the large community of Peruvians with Japanese heritage) and the staff all speak Español. While Nobu and Zuma may be beloved of Wags, oil-rich Saudis and City boys, this Belgravia restaurant is a more tasteful affair. The bijou basement dining room (there’s a street-level sushi counter too) has been luxuriously decorated, with plump seating and a vertigo-inducing clear glass staircase. As for our fellow diners, they were of the discreetly wealthy variety, and hadn’t dressed as if expecting to flash their knickers at a waiting paparazzo.  

Dishes were just as refined – with good looks and an emphasis on seafood. An exquisite seabass ceviche saw morsels of translucent fish, flecks of coriander and spot-on kick from the amarillo (a common Peruvian yellow chilli), all served over wafer-thin slivers of lime. Dainty salmon ‘tacos’ (served in crispy wonton shells) and a bowl of rock shrimp tempura scattered with strands of dried red aji (another Peruvian pepper), were equally polished. You can play it safe with traditional and modern sushi, or try the signature sea urchin roe, scooped and served raw. Prized as a delicacy, ours looked not unlike a rolled-up hedgehog, and tasted like licking the inside of a tin can. Perfect for a freshers’ week initiation rite.

 

By: Tania Ballantine

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Details

Address: 18a Ebury Street
London
SW1W 0LU
Transport: Victoria tube
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £120
Opening hours: Open noon-10.30pm Mon-Sat
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4 out of 5 stars

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Tastemaker

A fantastic little restaurant hidden away near Victoria. I really enjoyed my time here, the staff were fantastically great in how they served me and helped me out with drinks and the menu, and the food was fantastic. Some of my favourite sushi from the year, especially the spicy tuna mini taco! 


My only gripe is that this restaurant is expensive, possibly more so than it really should be in some ways considering value. On the other hand, I had a genuinely fantastic evening so can't really refute it! 

Tastemaker

Fantastic, friendly little corner restaurant with some of the best ceviche in town. It's priced more for a special occasion, but every dish I've ever eaten here has been excellent. Don't leave without trying their chili mojito. 

Potential

Small but beautifully formed this corner restaurant in Belgravia has some of the friendliest waiting staff in London. All Spanish and smiley they offer excellent service. Stand out dishes were the king crab tacos - sublime, seaweed salad was a delight and the fatty tuna maki was so good we ordered two portions. The wine list is also excellent featuring loads of great Spanish wine. I would go again if I was in the area - it was really busy on a Wednesday night which is always a sign of a great neighbourhood restaurant.

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