David Santos does it again! Another flavor packed night! This time the dinner theme was based around one of my all time favorite ingredients, uni! I believe this is our 4th time to Dave’s abode and each time it gets better and better. ( The truffle dinner holds a special place in my heart, most likely due to the crazy crew that graced the table)

Every dish of the Uni dinner was delicious but Jose and I agreed on our favorite, the Chowanmushi with uni! Amazing is all I can say! So here is the breakdown of the evening…

Uni, Truffle, and Grapefruit, Chicharon

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Marinated Branzino, Uni Emulsion, Artichokes, Fried Shallots

This dish was killer! This ceviche-like creation was light and full of delightful textures and flavors.

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Uni Chowanmushi, Crab, Tomato Marmalade, Arugula Pistou

As I mentioned before, the Chowanmushi was so incredible that I had to ask David for the recipe. Here it is… He says it’s simple but I still haven’t had a chance to give it a whirl.

“The base is 3 eggs to 2 cups of stock.

For this i used a stock made of milk, shrimp shells, branzino parts,
salt, garlic onion. Just steeped it all together and then let it sit
to cool a little bit with the flavoring ingredients. Strain it out and
measure you liquid. Beat the eggs well with a hand mixer and temper in
your stock. Then you just treat it like a creme brulle. Cook it at 350
in a water bath covered with for until its set. This size thing took
about 30 min but it will vary depending on the size of your mold.

That easy”

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Uni and Shrimp Risotto, Favas, Carrot Foam

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Surf & Turf. Iowa Farms Pork Loin, Soba, Shiso, Uni Butter

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Um Segredo, Uni Dinner - New York-1740So full!

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This dinner was a blast! It was a perfect combination of food and people. Amazing wines were being shared as wonderful stories were being told. It was exactly what I think of when I envision a great dinner party.

The wines at this table were a bit outa control (in a good kinda way) Two of the gentlemen at the table are wine collectors and brought some wonderful bottles to pair with Dave’s dishes. What an education. I certainly hope we run into them again.

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The Host with the Mostest

2AM: Dave says ushers the last of his guests out. It amazes me his energy level after such a long night.

Um Segredo, Uni Dinner - New York-1770Dinners at Um Segredo never disappoint. Be adventuresome and check it out if you haven’t already.

Location is secret

Price: Med/High $75
Food: High level technique, Quality ingredients, Tasting Menu
Design: Homey, Torch Lighting
Vibe: Chill, Casual, Community style seating, social, Pandora (if you are a music snob take control of the airwaves and put on the good stuff…Dave doesnt mind)
Menu Inventiveness: 8/10
Healthy Options: On the heavier side
Occasion: Casual, Creative and efficient way to feel out a first date, it is also possible to book out the night with all your friends, private party style.
Noise Level: Depending on the crowd. Uni night: very loud

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