Monday, October 25, 2010

Ajimi (Licensed Sushi Bar & Modern Japanese Cuisine) @ Queen Street, Brisbane

I know i am suppose to finish off the chapter in Melbourne before starting a new chapter in Brisbane. However, who knows how a proper author writes anyway? Surely he/she can't possibly write from the first page to the last page in order? There must be a point in time when an idea flashes across the screen and the ending pans out clearly like a HD screen. Would you not write that chapter out first?

That was exactly how i felt after dinner at Ajimi.

After searching around Urbanspoon for what seemed to be ages, i finally settled for this humble sushi place that had some positive reviews. Just 400 metres up from my working place, we were there to celebrate a piece of good news from the Wife. Stepping into the long and narrow yet cozy restaurant, there is a sushi bar and a few tables on the side. Having read stories about how good the sushi was, we sat at the bar to see if we could catch a few tricks from the sushi chef.
Settling for the Sashimi and Sushi set and the Salmon lovers set, we waited as the sushi chef went through his stock of various sashimi, cutting and rolling. Towards the end, we were surprised as he used his blow torch too!

While that was in the works, we were served with a simple garden salad that came with a gorgeous spicy vinegar dressing.

A while later a miso soup came but when he presented to us our plates, our faces lit, well mine did.

An assortment of sushi, all hand rolled by the chef. Apart from the simple tuna (the tuna did not tasted like it was thawed) and salmon, there were some local fishes like the thinly sliced barramundi sashimi as well. For AUD 32, i definitely wouldn't mind coming again. 

We would have never expected the above from the following description: Salmon sashimi, sushi and grilled salmon. What the chef did was imaginative. From blow torched to tempura, he also used some salmon belly too. We were blown away by the blow torched salmon belly, one of which was topped with ikura too. Everything was fresh as the chef told us that he get his supplies every 1-2 days compared to the twice a week practice in Malaysia. For AUD 28, this was also worth it in our books.

Having not enough of their sushi, we ordered another serve of Unagi sushi.
The effort to warm it up and then blow torch it as well, just shows how much care he puts into a serve that you can swallow in one bite. 

Overall a very satisfying meal and i can't wait to return with my first salary in the bank, this time with my DSLR.
Address and contact details:

540 Queen Street
Brisbane, 4000

Tel: 07-31623218

Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars. I can't wait to get back for some sushi, this is by far one of the best sushi i had in a while, it is after all; a licensed sushi bar (whatever that means)

Ajimi Sushi Bar on Urbanspoon


J said...

Yeah.. *curious* what does licensed sushi bar mean ah? Does that mean that all the sushi places we have ever eaten at so far have been unlicensed and illegal?? lol.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

j: haha let me ask the chef nxt time..maybe hes licensed to make sushi?

Michelle Chin said...

I guess a licensed sushi bar means that the bar has the license to serve alcohol.

Minus the sushi you get "Licensed bar".

Bangsar-bAbE said...

Blow torched salmon belly sounds damn good! That's a gorgeous looking sushi platter. *envy*

deep said...

OMG. heaven

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

deep: yes it was..

bbabe: it is, isnt..havent seen something quite like it in msia, unless it has an exorbitant price tag like a rm100..

mchin: haha mystery solved!

SLACKER said...

i wanna try that blow torched salmon belly thingy man... sounds interesting!

Sean said...

maybe they're also licensed to serve fugu! heheh.
looks like there'll be no shortage of worthwhile restaurants to look forward to in brisbane! eagerly awaiting some italian outlet reviews too :D

CUMI & CIKI said...

so.. just out of curiosity.. how much do u weigh now ar? more than before or less.. haha

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: i dont have a weighing machine..hahahah i lost quite abit of muscle mass if u r interested but all the uphill walking in brisbane must account for something hopefully!

sean: italian? well lets hope i find 1, just for u ok!

slacker: theres AirAsia..haha, fly over for a honeymoon!

iamthewitch said...

They actually torched the unagi as well? Very impressive! So was the platter of sushi - definitely a place I'd go if I were in Australia :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

iamthewitch: yes they did! quite impressive i must say, yes if u r looking for jap in brisbane, i would recommend this.