6 Sumptuous “Heaping Uni Rice Bowls” in the Tokyo Area
Do you like uni? Uni or sea urchin is known for being covered in spikes, is a creature that lives in the ocean. In Japan it is famous for being a high class food item. Locations famous for their uni is from the northern part of the Tohoku area but you can enjoy superb uni in Tokyo which is said to be one of the best gourmet cities in the world. This time, we will introduce delicious uni that you can eat in metropolitan area. For persons who are bad with raw food, we will also introduce restaurants with cooked uni dishes.
Dec 30 2015 (Feb 28 2020)
1. Tsukiji Aozora Sandaime hafu
When talking about seafood in Tokyo it has to be "Tsukiji". If you want to eat delicious uni (sea urchin), you must definitely bring yourself to Tsukiji. The restaurant pictured was established 80 years ago and a restaurant that handles fresh fish. You can enjoy rice bowls and other dishes made from seafood. The heap of uni in the photo is on top of the “Red Uni Rice Bowl” which costs 2000JPY (price subject to fluctuations) which is a very reasonable Tsukiji price. In addition to this, there are plenty of seafood rice bowls as well as sushi so be sure to try them.
HP: www.aozora3.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 4-13-15 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
2. Ho’. (Chotto Bar Ho’)
Here is a restaurant for delicious uni rice bowls in Yotsuya, Tokyo. This restaurant has the atmosphere of a bar and the main part of the interior is a counter with bottles of alcohol lined up. The recommended dish here is the 3 variety sea urchin rice bowl “Almost a Dream Uni Rice Bowl”, “Dreamy Uni Rice Bowl” and “Better than a Dream Uni Rice Bowl” which according to the restaurant is separated into 3 stages. The rice bowl in the photo is the highest level “Better than a Dream Uni Rice Bowl” which costs 2400JPY. The amount you receive for this price is quite reasonable. It’s nice that you can also have alcohol while eating your uni rice bowl.
HP: www.kizukiyo.co.jp (Japanese Only)
Address: 4-3-9 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
3. Tsukiji Itadori Uni Tora Kurau
When talking about seafood in Tokyo it has to be Tsukiji. This is a restaurant in Tsukiji where you have to line up for uni rice bowls. This restaurant is in the “Tsukiji Outer Market Area” and the rice bowl in the photo is called “Uni Tabe-Kurabe Don (eat and compare uni rice bowl)”. In one rice bowl, uni from different areas are placed on top. Tsukiji is the type of place that can obtain uni from all over the world. The most highly recommended though is the rice bowl that uses only native Hokkaido uni. The price of this rice bowl will have to be confirmed with the persons at the restaurant when you order.
HP: itadori.co.jp/shop/shop_04.html (Japanese Only)
Address: 1F Kato Ichiba 4-10-14 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
4. Tsukiji Kaisendon Marukita Nigouten
Here is another store also in the Tsukiji Area. At this store, “Seafood Rice Bowl” is the specialty product and it’s open for business from 5 am. The “Uni Rice Bowl” in the photo uses fresh uni from a stock that’s replenished every morning and the richness is amazingly delicious. The price is around 4500JPY and in addition to that, there’s also half-sized rice bowls and rice bowls made with sashimi. The restaurant has many seats so it would be nice to go with a large group of people and order lots of different kinds of rice bowls to share.
HP: r.gnavi.co.jp/rutwesac0000/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 1F Orimine Building 4-13-17 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
5. "Sushi Kuni" (Tsukiji Marketplace - Shougai / Kobore Uni Rice Bowl)Zanpei/Flickr
This restaurant is also in Tsukiji. This restaurant is called “Sushi Kuni” and the rice bowl in the photo is the restaurant’s popular menu item “Kobore Uni Rice Bowl”. This incredibly luxurious rice bowl uses two types of uni; Hokkaido uni which is considered to be top class and native Aomori uni. It comes for a special price of 3,200JPY. It’s a restaurant that always has a line so we recommend going when you have enough time to spare.
HP: ameblo.jp/sushikuni/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 4-14-15 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
6. Hokkai Banya
Last up is another restaurant in Tsukiji. Hokkai Banya is a restaurant managed by Tsukiji’s riverside fish market “Kitada” and is replenished every morning with fresh fish and ingredients from Tsukiji. In the photo is the “Uni Ikura Rice Bowl” for the moderate price of 2,400JPY. Their menu is recommended for those who might have become bored with just uni. Other than rice bowls, this restaurant also has grilled foods so you should definitely try it out.
HP: www.salmon.co.jp/BANYA.htm (Japanese Only)
Address: 4-14-16 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.