Unagi

Open Hours: 11:00AM-10:00PM

Phone number: 6438 7383

Price Range: 120-160rmb per person

English Address: 342 Wulumuqi Zhong Lu near Wuyuan Lu

Chinese Address: 乌鲁木齐中路342, 近五原路

Metro Line: Line 1 Changsu Road 


So I actually got knocked over by a moped trying to find this place, but I guess that’s the kind of dedication you have to have if you’re on the hunt for a good bowl of eel over rice.

This joint is a small hole in the wall with two floors – first floor is the bar stocked with shelves of saki and second floor is where bigger parties can be seated.

The servers started us off with steamed egg and salad. 

Since this place is apparently known for its Nagoya Style Eel rice it was inevitably that that was our first order. 

The menu explains the three steps taken to properly enjoy this meal.

1.       Taste the original eel over rice

2.       Put half portion of spring onions, sesame, nori and wasabi on the rice

3.       Mix everything together and then pour the broth from the teapot 

 Step 1: Enjoy the eel by itself

Step 1: Enjoy the eel by itself

 Step 2: Add the spring onions, nori, sesame and a bit of wasabi

Step 2: Add the spring onions, nori, sesame and a bit of wasabi

 Step 3: Pour the broth from the teapot into the bowl 

Step 3: Pour the broth from the teapot into the bowl 

Generous portions of grilled eel fatty pieces. Broth was an interesting additional element that made the mix of rice with eel softer and the flavoring lighter and more diluted. 

We also ordered the Rice Topped with Eel and Egg. 

Drooling as we speak – strips of simmered onion and tender eel pieces amassed under a layer of cooked egg. As you make your way down the bowl, the rice soaks up all the juice and flavor, ughhhh be right back, have to cry in a corner right now.

Lastly, we had their beef udon.

Perhaps I was too happy enjoying my eel over rice, but I thought this was pretty standard.  

We finished our meal with complimentary red bean dessert. 

Healthy way to end the night on a sweet note. 

Overall, the highlight of this place is their Rice Topped with Eel and Egg. It’s been quite hard finding a place that serves a hearty portion of eel with sauce that isn’t too heavy. I guess it was worth getting hit by a moped because I’ll definitely be coming back for more.