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Where to Slurp Sea Urchin Shooters in Los Angeles

Here are 12 places you can find variations of delicious boozy uni shooters in the City of Angels.

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Since most are still super hyped on uni, the ones not with the times should discover this delectable delicacy. Uni is sea urchin used in many different preparations, specifically in Japanese cuisine. Whether it's in a sushi roll, by itself, or in other fares, like uni pasta, people either really love it or seem apprehensive to it. With an orange tongue-like appearance, fluffy and creamy taste, it is definitely an intriguing indulgence. An extremely fun way to eat uni is by doing an uni shooter, a shot that can take anyone into sensory heaven.

The fresh, alcoholic and tangy combination of sake, uni, quail egg, ponzu sauce, and scallions is not for the faint of heart. But the combination is so flavorful, that the tasty experience will quickly make one consider taking another. Also, restaurants create their own variations, so it's exciting to try different interpretations. This list has 12 places in Los Angeles where you can get this sea hedgehog in liquid form.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Matsuhisa

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129 N LA Cienega Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(310) 659-9639
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Beverly Hills boasts one of LA's best Japanese restaurants in taste, freshness, originality, and ambience. Debuted in 1987, it is Chef Nobu's first restaurant and opened opportunities to establish Nobu restaurants worldwide. It comes as no surprise that this hot spot offers one of the best Uni Shooters available. At $15, it is a price that coincides with the Beverly Hills lifestyle, but is well worth it. Comprised of Uni, soy sauce, vinegar, sake, quail egg, masaga, green onion and ponzu, it is a delectable mix of flavors guaranteed to spark taste buds.

2. Nobu

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22706 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 317-9140
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The sister restaurant to Matsuhisa, Nobu, is one of LA's hotspots among sushi enthusiasts. In addition to its delicious Japanese cuisine, Nobu has a traditional uni shooter with one extra special ingredient. To compliment a mix of ponzu sauce, scallions and quail eggs, this uni shooter possesses Pier 1 Santa Barbara Sea Urchin, as it's main ingredient. Santa Barbara is the closest port in California to the Channel Islands. Out there, sea urchin divers harvest over a few days and return to shore with some of the freshest, sustainable, and delicious sea urchin in the world. This shot is priced at $13, and although alcohol isn't part of it, diners should feel free to pair it with delicious sake.

3. Scratch | bar

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111 N La Cienega
Los Angeles, CA 90211

Unlike the traditional style Nobu offers; Scratch Bar makes sure its unique twist on this deliciously slimey creation comes to life. Scratch Bar serves its Green Mussel & Sea Urchin Sake Shooter as a "three step process". The top layer begins with a green mussel ceviche, topped with a thin sliver of red onion and Serrano chili for kick. The second surprise layer consists of sake with pineapple and fresh lime juice, followed by a sea urchin and avocado mousse that customers scoop out with a spoon after taking the shot for a final punch of flavor. If that's not enough to get one excited, Scratch Bar offers this hands on delicacy for just $5 anytime.

4. Sushi Go 55

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333 S Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 784-3112
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Sushi Go 55, located in the Arts District downtown, is a popular spot which has won several awards for Best Sushi and has been featured on ABC News, offers a more traditional Uni Shooter. It consists of uni, sake, soy sauce, ponzu sauce and green onions. Luckily, Sushi Go 55 is one of the few to have its Uni Shooter on happy hour for only $5. Otherwise, it can still be purchased for $9 after 7 p.m.

5. EMC Seafood And Raw Bar

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3500 W 6th St Ste 101
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 351-9988
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EMC Seafood & Raw Bar, in the heart of Koreatown, is well known for its daily happy hour offering $1 oysters and late night happy hour offering $1.25 oysters. Since oysters are really popular here, EMC offers an oyster shooter with uni, and includes quail egg, fish egg, chives, ponzu sauce, and even Tabasco to give it that fiery kick. A direct difference here is EMC uses Soju instead of Sake. Try one for just $8.

6. Sushi Gen

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422 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 617-0552

Sushi Gen, in Little Tokyo, has one of the best sashimi lunch specials in LA., incredible selection, portions, and great prices. Here, the Uni Shooter mixes traditional ingredients with a spicy flare. It includes uni, ponzu, scallions, and sake, and excites taste buds with a blistering dash of spicy chili paste. For $12, it's pricier than some, but worth it.

7. Shintaro

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1900 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90068
(323) 882-6524
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In addition to some of the best Traditional Style Sushi and Authentic Japanese Cuisine in Los Angeles, Shintaro Japanese Restaurant in Hollywood also offers its take on the uni shooter. Consisting of uni, ponzu sauce, quail egg, scallions and sake, it also includes masago (processed roe eggs) for a salty, fishy twist and can be experienced for a mere $7 anytime.

8. The Backhouse

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10915 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 481-6800

A West LA gem for affordable sushi and yakitori (skewered meats and vegetables), and a nightly happy hour, The Backhouse is the perfect place to try an uni shooter. For $9, it includes uni, quail egg, green onions, sake, ponzu sauce, and a flavorful spicy daikon for a tart finish. Pair it with oysters or one of many small plates for a Japanese skewer experience.

9. Asanebo

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11941 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 760-3348
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Bringing fresh ingredients and a Japanese “kappo” style of dining, where the chef and customers face each other across a counter, Asanebo offers an uni shooter with one important difference; it is alcohol free. Priced at $11, it includes quail egg, uni, and sweet ponzu sauce, for a simpler, yet satisfying gulp of flavor.

10. Wa Sushi & Bistro

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1106 N LA Cienega Blvd, Ste 201
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 854-7285

Similar to Asanebo, Wa Sushi & Bistro, known for its lobster tempura, chilean sea bass, and tuna carpaccio (to name a few), offers an uni shooter sans alcohol as well. However, for no additional charge, Wa Sushi & Bistro gives diners the option to add sake, and includes uni, ponzu and scallions for a reasonable $8.

11. Izaka-ya by Katsuya

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8420 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 782-9536
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The popular restaurant carries uni shooters like most of the traditional ones in LA. Izaka-ya puts Sake, uni, ponzu, masaga and green onion in theirs. For a little taste of the sea, try one for $11.

12. Yamakase Sushi

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10422 National
Culver City, CA 90034

Lastly, A very exclusive, and intimate spot in Culver City, where the restaurant has no signage and it says closed on the door at all times. It’s on the pricey side, but around 20 courses are served at a sushi bar with only 10 seats available. If a reservation is scored, you can look forward to an oyster shooter made with poached quail egg, uni, oyster and caviar for a more refined uni shooter. The uni is flown in from Japan, for a richer taste and the quail egg is slow cooked giving it more flavor. No alcohol in this shooter but Yamakase has a BYOS (sake or wine) policy and Yama-san (the sushi master) is known to partake.

1. Matsuhisa

129 N LA Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Beverly Hills boasts one of LA's best Japanese restaurants in taste, freshness, originality, and ambience. Debuted in 1987, it is Chef Nobu's first restaurant and opened opportunities to establish Nobu restaurants worldwide. It comes as no surprise that this hot spot offers one of the best Uni Shooters available. At $15, it is a price that coincides with the Beverly Hills lifestyle, but is well worth it. Comprised of Uni, soy sauce, vinegar, sake, quail egg, masaga, green onion and ponzu, it is a delectable mix of flavors guaranteed to spark taste buds.

129 N LA Cienega Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

2. Nobu

22706 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

The sister restaurant to Matsuhisa, Nobu, is one of LA's hotspots among sushi enthusiasts. In addition to its delicious Japanese cuisine, Nobu has a traditional uni shooter with one extra special ingredient. To compliment a mix of ponzu sauce, scallions and quail eggs, this uni shooter possesses Pier 1 Santa Barbara Sea Urchin, as it's main ingredient. Santa Barbara is the closest port in California to the Channel Islands. Out there, sea urchin divers harvest over a few days and return to shore with some of the freshest, sustainable, and delicious sea urchin in the world. This shot is priced at $13, and although alcohol isn't part of it, diners should feel free to pair it with delicious sake.

22706 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265

3. Scratch | bar

111 N La Cienega, Los Angeles, CA 90211

Unlike the traditional style Nobu offers; Scratch Bar makes sure its unique twist on this deliciously slimey creation comes to life. Scratch Bar serves its Green Mussel & Sea Urchin Sake Shooter as a "three step process". The top layer begins with a green mussel ceviche, topped with a thin sliver of red onion and Serrano chili for kick. The second surprise layer consists of sake with pineapple and fresh lime juice, followed by a sea urchin and avocado mousse that customers scoop out with a spoon after taking the shot for a final punch of flavor. If that's not enough to get one excited, Scratch Bar offers this hands on delicacy for just $5 anytime.

111 N La Cienega
Los Angeles, CA 90211

4. Sushi Go 55

333 S Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Sushi Go 55, located in the Arts District downtown, is a popular spot which has won several awards for Best Sushi and has been featured on ABC News, offers a more traditional Uni Shooter. It consists of uni, sake, soy sauce, ponzu sauce and green onions. Luckily, Sushi Go 55 is one of the few to have its Uni Shooter on happy hour for only $5. Otherwise, it can still be purchased for $9 after 7 p.m.

333 S Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

5. EMC Seafood And Raw Bar

3500 W 6th St Ste 101, Los Angeles, CA 90020

EMC Seafood & Raw Bar, in the heart of Koreatown, is well known for its daily happy hour offering $1 oysters and late night happy hour offering $1.25 oysters. Since oysters are really popular here, EMC offers an oyster shooter with uni, and includes quail egg, fish egg, chives, ponzu sauce, and even Tabasco to give it that fiery kick. A direct difference here is EMC uses Soju instead of Sake. Try one for just $8.

3500 W 6th St Ste 101
Los Angeles, CA 90020

6. Sushi Gen

422 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Sushi Gen, in Little Tokyo, has one of the best sashimi lunch specials in LA., incredible selection, portions, and great prices. Here, the Uni Shooter mixes traditional ingredients with a spicy flare. It includes uni, ponzu, scallions, and sake, and excites taste buds with a blistering dash of spicy chili paste. For $12, it's pricier than some, but worth it.

422 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

7. Shintaro

1900 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068

In addition to some of the best Traditional Style Sushi and Authentic Japanese Cuisine in Los Angeles, Shintaro Japanese Restaurant in Hollywood also offers its take on the uni shooter. Consisting of uni, ponzu sauce, quail egg, scallions and sake, it also includes masago (processed roe eggs) for a salty, fishy twist and can be experienced for a mere $7 anytime.

1900 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90068

8. The Backhouse

10915 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

A West LA gem for affordable sushi and yakitori (skewered meats and vegetables), and a nightly happy hour, The Backhouse is the perfect place to try an uni shooter. For $9, it includes uni, quail egg, green onions, sake, ponzu sauce, and a flavorful spicy daikon for a tart finish. Pair it with oysters or one of many small plates for a Japanese skewer experience.

10915 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

9. Asanebo

11941 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

Bringing fresh ingredients and a Japanese “kappo” style of dining, where the chef and customers face each other across a counter, Asanebo offers an uni shooter with one important difference; it is alcohol free. Priced at $11, it includes quail egg, uni, and sweet ponzu sauce, for a simpler, yet satisfying gulp of flavor.

11941 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

10. Wa Sushi & Bistro

1106 N LA Cienega Blvd, Ste 201, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Similar to Asanebo, Wa Sushi & Bistro, known for its lobster tempura, chilean sea bass, and tuna carpaccio (to name a few), offers an uni shooter sans alcohol as well. However, for no additional charge, Wa Sushi & Bistro gives diners the option to add sake, and includes uni, ponzu and scallions for a reasonable $8.

1106 N LA Cienega Blvd, Ste 201
West Hollywood, CA 90069

11. Izaka-ya by Katsuya

8420 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

The popular restaurant carries uni shooters like most of the traditional ones in LA. Izaka-ya puts Sake, uni, ponzu, masaga and green onion in theirs. For a little taste of the sea, try one for $11.

8420 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

12. Yamakase Sushi

10422 National, Culver City, CA 90034

Lastly, A very exclusive, and intimate spot in Culver City, where the restaurant has no signage and it says closed on the door at all times. It’s on the pricey side, but around 20 courses are served at a sushi bar with only 10 seats available. If a reservation is scored, you can look forward to an oyster shooter made with poached quail egg, uni, oyster and caviar for a more refined uni shooter. The uni is flown in from Japan, for a richer taste and the quail egg is slow cooked giving it more flavor. No alcohol in this shooter but Yamakase has a BYOS (sake or wine) policy and Yama-san (the sushi master) is known to partake.

10422 National
Culver City, CA 90034

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