Clio and Uni – Boston

We were staying at the Eliot Hotel so it seemed like a no brainer to either eat at Clio or Uni. Unfortunately when we went down for dinner, there were no seats at the bar at Uni (only 6 seats total) so we kept our reservation at Clio.

 We ordered champagne and decided to order splits – one for two.


 Amuse  – Tomato water martini, diced cucumber, basil oil, caperberry, huckleberry, tomato popsicle – OK


Taylor Bay Scallops, Winterberrry verjus, fresh wasabi, oscetra caviar – this was served family style, but with no extra plates. We asked for small plates so we didn’t spill the verjus all over the table. Excellent

Now we waited and waited for food.

 Marinated Yellowtail and Yellow Fin Tuna with Opal Basil, Ginger and Garlic – Again this was served family style with no extra plates – we again asked for extra plates plus some silverware.

After finishing the above dish, the busser scrapes our plates at the table – table side service? – fine dining??

Now our server pours more champagne for me and manages to spill champagne all over the table as she overfilled the glass. She immediately leaves to wipe her hands, but forgets about the mess on the table and my wet slippery glass.

I could see that this was becoming a disastrous dining experience. I left the table, went to Uni, saw 2 empty seats at the bar at Uni and begged those already at the bar to save those seats.  I ran back to John, said meet me at Uni and quickly claimed our seats. John told the maitre d’ we were leaving to go eat at Uni. He said nothing, just shrugged his shoulders.

What followed was a very good meal with great service and equally great company.

My notes are a mess – it has been some time since this meal and we were both deep in conversation with our tablemates. We asked the chef to just do omakase – his choice. Some photos are missing so even letting the photos tell the story is incomplete. I apologize in advance for any and all mistakes.


Sushi Guy


Uni spoon with quail egg, oscetra caviar, chives- delicious

Toro, soy, yuzu, pluot


Hamachi, Ginger Mignonette, Green Apple, Swish of Cassis


Saba ???


Columbia River salmon


Smoked Chutoro, Porcini mushrooms, Wagyu Steak, Soy, Wagyu beef fat


Amaidai, Spicy Vinaigrette, Chardonnay gelee


Homemade Tofu, Uni, Oscetra Caviar


Uni, Chilled Gazpacho and…


Torched Tomato, Clam, Cauliflower Puree, Celery, Crunchy shallots and garlic, Togarashi



Spicy Lobster Salad, Orange, Shiso

This was an excellent meal and compared to Clio wondrous. It is not Urasawa and the quality of the fish is definitely not like Hiro’s, but it was a fun evening with wonderful company on either side of us. It also is quite expensive, about $300 for the two of us. 

As we were paying, the maitre d’ from Clio came to Uni and presented us with our check from Clio. The next morning, John complained to the GM of the hotel, a wonderful woman, Pascale Schlaefli, who upon hearing of our experience at Clio deducted that amount from our bill.





3 Responses to “Clio and Uni – Boston”

  1. 1 Loving Annie October 28, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    Clio sounds like a disgrace and a disaster, Glad it got taken off of your bill.

    Uni’s quali egg, chair & chives DOES sound quite delicious – I would have preferred sevruga, given the choice.

    The tofu dish sounded good as well. (i’m not much into fish in general), and all of the food looked quite pretty.

    I am really enjoying your reviews.

    I’m off to BLT Steakhouse soon in West Hollywood – and then Studio at the Montage in south Orange County, and then XIV on Sunset Blvd. after that in the next month or two ! Would you ever perhaps like to meet for a ‘review’ meal somewhere you’ve wanted to try ? That might be kind of fun 🙂

    Loving Annie

  2. 2 Dave October 28, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    This exactly mirrors the meals we had at Clio and Uni. At Clio, the red wine was served warm, something I hate because it implies, among other things, that the wines are not being cellared properly. And, wine glasses were allowed to sit empty. The lobster was good but no better that what we were served at Neptune Oyster the next day. The best thing about Clio are the liquid nitrogen drinks from the bar.

    We absolutely loved Uni, however. It’s hard to beleive these two venues are both run by Mr. Oringer.

  3. 3 lizziee October 28, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    Dave, we love Neptune – one of my favorite restaurants in Boston. I absolutely agree about Clio versus Uni – hard to believe they are steps away from each other.

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