5 LA Restaurants You Must Go If You Are Uni Lover


Uni, or sea urchin, is one of the “rare” sea animals that are harder to find, so we didn’t quite see it in many restaurants other than few sushi restaurants until a few years ago. But, now we can find uni in a variety of forms such as pasta, risotto, and even udon.

Here are five restaurants in Los Angeles that you should try if you are an “uni lover”.

Marugame Monzo
329 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(Mon-Fri) 11:30AM-2:30PM, 5-10PM, (Sat-Sun) 11:30AM-10PM

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Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

At Marugame Monzo (Simply Monzo), you can enjoy cream udon that has a uni cream base.
Sea Urchin Cream Udon: $15.95

Cento Pasta Bar
128 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014 (Wed-Sat) 11AM-3PM
1634 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Mon-Fri) 11AM-3PM

Uni spaghetti with burrata 🔥💯 obsessed w @centopastabar ❤️

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Cento Pasta Bar is actually a “hideout” place. They only open for lunch, and uses DTLA’s ‘Mignon’ restaurant location from 11AM to 3PM on Wed-Sat. They also open at ‘Birch’ on Mon-Fri. However, the menu changes weekly, so make sure you check their weekly menu on their Instagram.
Uni Pasta: $14 (+$2.50 to add burrata)


1212 Santa Monica
1212 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401
(Mon-Sun) 11:30AM-10:30PM

Risotto with lobster, scallops, tiger shrimp and uni at @1212santamonica 🍤🍴 love this presentation!

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EMC Seafood
3500 W 6th St #101, Los Angeles, CA 90010
(Mon-Fri) 11AM-2PM, 4PM-2AM, (Sat) 12PM-2AM, (Sun) 12PM-12AM

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Stephanie Cha / For The Times

Hama Sushi
347 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(Mon-Fri) 12PM-2PM, 5:30PM-10PM (Sat-Sun) 5:30PM-10PM


At Hama Sushi, which is located in Little Tokyo, you can enjoy fresh uni with quail eggs.
Two Pieces of Uni Sushi: $9


by Audrey Joung