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In February this year, I was invited to a sushi workshop, which was not only surprisingly fun and interesting but also very enjoyable. Admittedly, my sushi rolls turned out to be a little lopsided, though they tasted delicious nonetheless. Fast forward to last month, when Uni Restaurant, a Nikkei cuisine restaurant located in Belgravia, invited me to don an apron and refine my sushi making skills, it was an offer I could not refuse!
Uni Restaurant brings vibrant colours, flavours and textures of the very best in Peruvian and Japanese fusion cuisine. Taking its name from the Japanese word for the sea urchin, a Japanese delicacy, the Andrew Martin-designed restaurant and sushi bar is open for lunch and dinner, Monday to Friday inclusive and Saturday & Sunday from 6pm.
The menu at Uni Restaurant is the creation of former Nobu chef Rolando Ongcoy, and offers a selection of grilled meats and fish such as succulent Wagyu beef and juicy black cod, the highest quality sushi and sashimi, and an inventive selection of tempura and maki with perfectly balanced sharp flavours and an accent on colour. The Peruvian influence is prevalent throughout the menu, with touches such as an anticucho sauce with the black cod as well as ceviche and tiraditos peruano.
I hadn’t been to Uni Restaurant before, so was happy to see that the restaurant is light, airy and beautifully designed. The masterclass was led by Christian, one of the chefs at the restaurant, who explained that we would be preparing Nigiri, Maki, Hosomaki and Uramaki, as well as learning how to cut sashimi. The masterclass was excellent and while we prepared our sushi, Christian shared more about the history of sushi and culture around it. I was pleased to discover that my sushi making skills were better than before, my rolls turned out prettier than I had anticipated!
Following the masterclass, a tasting menu was served, however, I had to run off (to a hairdressers appointment no less!), so took a delicious seven dish ‘black cod’ bento box with me instead. My bento box easily contained enough food for two people (it was packaged up in three large bags!) and I can confirm, the restaurant does not cut corners with its takeaway dishes, everything was fresh and tasty.
– Salmon tartare tacos
– Seabass with a yuzu dressing and black truffle
– King crab, lobster, vegetable or king prawn tempura
– Black cod with anticucho sauce
– Wagyu beef with rock salt and chilli
Accompanied by an excellent wine list and selection of creative cocktails such as a coconut based Chili Mojito and the Peruvian favourite, Pisco Sour, the restaurant caters for those looking for a delicious meal in a relaxed & stylish environment, guests looking for a light bite with a drink in the bar and any London foodie who appreciates exceptional food.