April 21, 2007
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
3131 Walnut St, Philadelphia 19104
Between 31st & 32nd Street
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…
Salmon Skin & Cucumber
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)
Spicy Crunchy Tuna
Spicy Crunchy Salmon