Tucked behind the Shoreline apartments of the Palm Jumeirah with a small entrance is this awesome Club Vista Mare that has an amazing stretch of beach and a great vibe. Aji is one of the restaurants inside the club which served Japanese and Peruvian cuisine.
I was awestruck from the moment I got in. The interiors are so classy yet modern. The graffiti and paintings on the walls give a lovely feel to the place. The staff are friendly and helpful and the food is great. There is great attention to detail be it with the interiors, service or the food.
We started our experience with the mocktails. We tried the Chinca Baja made of rasberry, shiso, yuzu and ginger ale…boy was it good ! We also tried a Fresh Baby Coconut, fresh coconut water served in the coconut itself and chilled to perfection.
We had Vesna at the reception who showed us around and ensured that we were comfortable. We were served by Carla who was extremely helpful, knew all about the dishes served and ensured that the dishes that we were allergic to or did not want were noted.
The journey began with the Cebiches and the Tiraditos, lets say the starters.
In the Cebiches we were served the Rococo, Limeno and the Maguro Nikkei. We enjoyed the Limeno which was sea bass with coriander, onion and sweet potato. Believe me, words cannot describe the dish. The sweet potato was pureed completely and was more a sauce which tasted great with the sea bass. The Maguro Nikkei and the Rocoto were good as well.In the tiraditos we were served the Clasico, Wagyu Tataki and the Tai. My favourite of these was the wagyu tataki.
Then came my favourite part of the meal – the nigiri and maki rolls. From the nigiri, we were served the Aji – the halibut with black quinoa, the Wagyu Abura – beef with ginger sesame oil, infused with lemon, coriander, garlic and served with Sriracha and Wasabi. From the makki, we had the Spicy Tuna, Quinoa and Nikkei. We were also served the King Crab piqueos. The combinations were so great and had so much flavour infused in them that we finished them no time.
Then followed the Gyoza – a sirloin with aji amarillo sauce, onion and tomato. We were not sure how this would be but one bite into it, there was no looking back. The sirloin was done very well and the gyoza itself was fried excellently.
The binging continue with the most unique tempura shrimps I have every had. This one had purple corn batter with some awesome taste. It was pungent yet very good.
With so much of eating done already, we barely had space in our tummies for the main course. We were served some great looking and even better tasting salads. We had the Ajiru Salad and the Kaiso Salad. The Ajiru was my favourite with lettuce, baby carrots, cabbage, duck confit, orange and tamarind. I can’t even express in words how tasty this salad was. The duck confit was prepared so well and went very well with the salad. We then had the Udon Nikkei – udon noodles with prawns. The Udon noodles had a great flavour. A word of caution is that you may want to ask the chef to have the prawns well done depending of your taste as the prawns in the noodles were steamed.
We couldn’t have asked for a better end to this lovely meal. We had the Yuzu Cheesecake, the Sticky Rice and Picarones for the dessert. Absolutely lovely desserts and nothing to complain about. The Sticky Rice is unique and served with Ice cream. We were shocked to see ourselves finishing off the desserts but one cannot resist them.
Thank you team Aji for having us over. It was a wonderful experience and we enjoyed every bit of it.