All-you-can-eat sushi can be a tricky thing. I’ve always felt like the idea of a sushi buffet or a moving sushi bar is highly suspect. I’m always thinking: “How long has that raw fish been sitting out?” But then again, I am drawn to the idea because of the variety. At a traditional sushi restaurant, I’ll order one huge $12 roll or sample two or three and be done, when sometimes I wish I could try half the menu. This is where Aji Sushi in Fresno comes in.
Aji Sushi, on Shaw & Fresno across from Macy’s, serves all-you-can-eat Japanese food that is made to order. The menu boasts more than 100 items. Lunch is only $15.99 per person, while dinner is $23.99. The portion sizes are kept small so that you order multiple items and actually be able to finish everything. A good strategy is to also go with multiple people and share amongst your table. We had four people, and we ordered at least 20 items.
Since I started with sushi, I’ll talk about the sushi first. There are all of your traditional sashimi and maki rolls. Then there is a limited selection of specialty rolls for lunch, with a much larger selection for dinner. They were all good, and most come in two to six pieces, so you can potentially sample a lot of them.
It’s some of the other things on the menu that really stand out to me, though. There’s this thing called Sushi Pizza. It’s a fried edamame patty topped with seafood. Strangely addicting. There’s plenty of more traditional Japanese fare like takoyaki, tempura and fried salmon collar. You can also order off the bbq menu, with grilled fish, chicken teriyaki, chicken katsu don and more. My favorite, however, is the tiny bowls of udon. I ordered mine with pork katsu, and it was delicious and seasoned very well. Moreover, the size was perfect to satisfy my craving.
For dessert, there is a mango yogurt as well as a selection of Japanese ice creams. I recommend the mango or sesame (surprisingly yummy)! Oh and by the way? For an additional $4.99, you can have all-you-can-drink beer and sake. (There is a two-hour limit per table, so you can’t get too crazy, haha.)
If you’re not brave enough to conquer the all-you-can-eat menu, there is the option to order things a la carte as well. Overall, Aji Sushi is just a fun place to go if you’re in the mood for Japanese food. There’s a large variety and there’s plenty of appeal for those who don’t like sushi. Plus, it’s a great deal, especially at lunch time. Go check it out soon!
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