Apr 2007

Ajia Japanese Fusion – Philadelphia

April 21, 2007
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

3131 Walnut St, Philadelphia 19104
Between 31st & 32nd Street

Phone: 215-222-2542
Website: none

Appetizer I: Salad with Ginger and Orange Dressing

Appetizer II: Miso Soup

Round I: Shrimp Tempura Roll, Inari, Tuna Nigiri, Tako Nigiri, Salmon Nigiri, Yellowtail Nigiri, Sweet Potato Roll, Philadelphia Roll, Spicy Salmon Roll

Round II: Tuna Roll, Salmon Roll, Spicy Crunchy Tuna, Spicy Crunchy Salmon

Round III: Shrimp Tempura Roll, Rock N Roll, Unagi Roll

Round VI: Unagi Roll, Spicy Crunchy Salmon Roll, Rock N Roll

Round V: Yellowtail Nigiri, Salmon Nigiri, Tuna Nigiri, Spicy Salmon Roll, Kani Nigiri, Inari, Tako Nigiri

Round VI: Philadelphia Roll, Shrimp Tempura Roll, Rock N Roll, East Roll

Round VII: Kani Nigiri, Shrimp Nigiri, Unagi Roll, Rock N Roll, Spicy Crunchy Salmon Roll

Round VIII: Unagi Nigiri, Salmon Nigiri, Tuna Nigiri, Mackerel Nigiri, Clam Nigiri, Yellowtail Nigiri

Round IX: Shrimp Tempura Roll, Tuna and Avocado Roll, East Roll

Round X: Inari

Round XI: Spicy Crunchy Tuna and Sweet Potato Roll

In honor of Paul’s 24th birthday, a posse of 12 gathered at Ajia for their delectable All U Can Eat sushi, which is reasonably priced at $21.95, plus tax and tip. The special also includes unlimited miso soup and salad. It was my second All U Can Eat affair of the week (Lacroix being the first), but I was ready to throw down once more because there’s always room for sushi.

The restaurant was packed on Saturday night and the service was extremely spotty because one waitress was working the entire room. This was my fourth time testing my stomach’s limits at Ajia, so I knew what to expect when it came to service. In my book, great sushi at a great price more than makes up for nonexistent service.

As usual, I passed on the soup and salad to save room for the good stuff. The Astronomer is a fan of the salad’s orange and ginger dressing. The miso soup is decent as well.

The variety of nigiri and rolls offered for the All U Can Eat special is impressive. Our group’s favorites were the Shrimp Tempura Roll, Spicy Crunchy Tuna and Salmon Roll, Unagi, salmon and tuna nigiri, and the Sweet Potato Roll. The Inari, Unagi nigiri, and Philadelphia Roll are three of my personal favorites.

The ratio of fish to rice is perfect and the fish is generally very fresh. However, the Mackerel seemed a bit off on this evening. All of the sushi is made to order, which takes a while with a large group.

After 3.5 hours and eleven rounds of sushi, we left thoroughly stuffed and satisfied.

For a complete menu, click below…

Ajia Japanese on Urbanspoon

Sweet Potato
Salmon Avocado
California Roll
Philadelphia Roll
Salmon Skin & Cucumber
Boston Roll
Tuna Avocado
West Roll (Smoked salmon, cream cheese & scallion)
East Roll (Salmon, avocado, cucumber)
Spicy Tuna Roll
Spicy Salmon Roll
Rock N Roll (Spicy tuna inside wrapped around avocado)
Kani (Crab Stick)
Tofu Skin
Surf Clam
Ika (squid)
Tako (octopus)
Tuna nigiri
Salmon nigiri
Yellowtail nigiri
Spicy Crunchy Tuna
Spicy Crunchy Salmon

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3 thoughts on “Ajia Japanese Fusion – Philadelphia

  1. Hi– I found your site via Tastespotting, and I’m living (eating?) vicariously through your posts! I enjoy looking at your photos and reading your reviews.

    I do want to mention a technical point, possibly an error in Ajia’s menu: sashimi are slices of raw fish that are served by themselves, without the ball of rice underneath. When a slice does have the rice, it is called nigiri sushi. Inari, being fried bean curd, is not a sashimi, but is called inari sushi.


    Looks like you had a great time at Ajia!

  2. This is the most excellent food bloggings ever!
    I am massively impressed with your writing and photots! Keep it up!!!

  3. Beautiful sushi assortment! Now that’s a kind of BD party I would like to have. If I can eat sushi to my hearts content, I would be a happy camper.

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