Posted by: dinainsuburbia | February 24, 2009

Aji 53, Bayshore, Long Island

We’ve been meaning to head over to Aji 53 for some time, and finally got around to it this past Friday as part of our “family dining ritual” (every Friday we go out someplace to eat with Maddie- so we can all be together, do something fun, and try some new food- sometimes it’s a “fancy place” and sometimes the local pizza joint).  Aji 53 was definitely on the high side of our budget for Friday night, about $80 for the three of us with no tip (and no alcohol was consumed).  But, believe me, the meal was worth every penny!

OK, so maybe the atmosphere is a little too “faux NYC” for me (you know, play “city” music, have “city” lighting, and it’s a little piece of NYC on LI.. um, not)- the music is a little too loud, the hostess a little too thin (and blond), the seats a little too close- but the sushi is very delicious- probably as close to Nobu as one can get on Long Island.

For starters, we had the Jalapeno Yellowtail; super thin, melt-in-your-mouth slices of yellowtail atop a vinegar sauce, garnished with sliced jalapeno.  Absolutely divine and very close to its origin, Nobu.  We also had the customary edamame (Maddie would be angry if she didn’t have her beans) and I had a green salad with ginger dressing (not the heavy orange variety- more white and not as pungent- but very delicious).  

John and I both chose one standard roll and one “fancy” roll.  I had the yellowtail & scallion roll and a SOHO roll (spicy crunchy shrimp, sweet potato tempura, topped with seared white tuna, tobiko, and spicy eel sauce)- both were delicious, but the SOHO roll was something spectacular: delicate and spicy- not heavy at all.  John had his favorite Boston roll and the special Valentine roll (spicy tuna wrapped with sliced tuna, in the shape of a heart)- again, very delicious and spicy.

All the sushi was at the most perfect temperature- not iced cold like some places serve.  

Don’t get me wrong, I love my local sushi place- and I love that I can walk there… but Aji 53 is definitely something special and should be on every LI sushi lovers’ list to visit!


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