- Name: Aji
- Price: $12~20
- Address: 30 Walnut st, Newtonville, MA 02460
- Website: www.ajisushibar.com
- Phone: (617) 965 - 2801
Aji is a Japanese restaurant located in Newton. Honestly, the real reason I decided to visit it, is because it was the closest Japanese place to my office. The second reason I chose to try it is because it seemed incredibly cheap and yet didn't look like a cheap-ass sushi fast-food take-out.
It's really simple, no fish hanging from the ceiling and no lesbian bamboo in the windows. The menu is just a two sided piece of plastic. The spicy tuna sushi lunch special is $10. Their menu is generally really cheap, supermarket sushi style. Lunch specials come with miso soup and salad. Too bad, no free tea.
Really nothing to say about the soup or the salad, just plain, normal, unsophisticated yet not bad. The sushi came in a mini bento box. They were fresh and definitely better than supermarket sushi in terms of quality.
The lunch special also included a roll of spicy tuna, which was surprisingly good given that I'm paying only 10 dollars for all of this.
Now I asked for the check and got a little surprise. Alex told me once: "in Asia all we get for dessert is oranges". The waitress brought us one slice of orange each, fresh and tasty.
Until now I actually didn't think it was possible to have sushi in a restaurant for $10. Shockingly, I got a lot more than a couple sushi, I actually got an entire meal and it tasted good. Aji is definitely the cheapo sushi destination for not breaking the bank and still eating well without being pretentious.