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MELBOURNE | Uni Boom Boom is a Glen Waverley restaurant that focuses on fresh Australian uni, or sea urchin roe as it’s otherwise known. When you arrive at Uni Boom Boom you might wonder, like we did on our first visit, if you’re at the right place. The entrance is on the side of what looks like a warehouse and when you walk inside, that’s exactly what it is.

Pacific Sea Urchin are the largest, and one of the only distributors of uni in Australia, and Uni Boom Boom was initially set up as a way for them to showcase to potential clients how their products could be used. The restaurant is quite literally located in an indoor passageway at the side of Pacific Sea Urchin’s warehouse. Chinese decorations and music combine with the unorthodox space to create something that wouldn’t be out of place somewhere like Hong Kong or Singapore, where you often find dining spots in unexpected locations.

At the end of the passageway the space opens up to reveal a small retail area. Here you can purchase uni to-go, and an assortment of other Chinese products like bird’s nest, peach gum, and herbal medicines.

The menu at Uni Boom Boom features not just uni dishes, but things like seaweed salad, salmon sashimi, and abalone. The Premium Uni Boom Boom Don is the most popular item on the menu, and was something we had to order. It contains 100g of Premium uni (which had been caught the day before), salmon roe, capelin roe, togorashi, and seaweed salad atop a generous serving of rice. At $68 a bowl it certainly falls under the luxury end of the food scale, but the quality of the uni is unparalleled. For $45, you can get the same thing with Grade A uni instead of Premium uni.

We did opt for a second bowl, the $45 Salmon Uni Don, similar to the Uni Boom Boom Done but with a smaller amount of Grade A uni and fresh salmon sashimi in place of the roe. The salmon is fantastic, and the Grade A uni, while noticeably not as creamy or rich as the Premium uni, is still delicious. Being uni fans we wanted to compare and contrast the different types of uni, but for those new to uni, the better option is to go for the Grade A and save yourself some cash. Servings in either case are generous.

The drinks selection features milk teas with an assortment of additions like peach gum, lychee, and rose. We tried both the plain milk tea, fragrant and refreshingly not overly sweet like many we’ve tried, and the peach gum version. Peach gum is the chewy, collagen rich resin from peach and Chinese wild peach trees. Purported health benefits aside, it’s a great textural and flavoursome addition to milk tea.

The price of the food at Uni Boom Boom means that this isn’t your everyday kind of meal, but there’s no question that the quality of what’s on offer is top notch. If you’re in Melbourne and want to eat uni, there’s no better option than Uni Boom Boom.

Uni Boom Boom

63 Myrtle Street
Glen Waverley
Victoria 3150
Australia

Telephone: (03) 5611 3330
E-mail: n/a
Website

Open
Wed – Sun: 12:00pm to 9:00pm

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