Ajji Restaurant in Jeddah is the epitome of fine dining Asian cuisine. It’s in a building with large glass windows located on Prince Faisal Bin Fahad Street, a short distance from Jeddah’s corniche. We went there for lunch and the sun was seeping through the windows illuminating the entire restaurant. It felt like we were in a conservatory, as we watched cars go by and the palm trees leaves fluttering in the wind.
The décor of Ajji is a clever mesh between traditional and contemporary oriental style. The tiles on the wall are intricately decorated with hand drawn pink patterns. Most of the china looks modern, however the tea kettles and cups are quite traditional. The steel chopsticks went well with the aesthetics of the restaurant but I found it quite difficult to use them because they were heavy, I much prefer the wooden ones.
The waiters were very efficient and smiled at the diners. We were lost for choice when we were handed the menu because there was everything from a minted strawberry cocktail (30 SR) to wok seared salmon for tapas, Tom Yum soup, 12 different kinds of Dim Sum and a myriad of wok dishes ranging from wok fried beef fillet to Szechaun crusted salmon, not to mention the noodle dishes and desserts.
For appetizers, we ordered the spicy prawn Dim Sum (24 SR) which is filled with prawns, ginger, coriander, lime and chilli. The four Dim Sums came in a wooden dish and tasted luscious. We also went for the Osaka Maki sushi (56 SR) which was impeccable. The wok seared scallops with butternut-coconut puree, cucumber and asparagus, salad, lime and red curry reduction was our choice for main course and we were very impressed indeed. The blend between traditional and contemporary was well embodied in our main as it was exquisitely presented and the poignant oriental flavours were more than satisfying.
After not being disappointed with any of our dishes, we decided to go for desserts. The dessert options were very eclectic. We chose the ice-cream (38 SR) which came in 6 different flavours, each in it’s own teaspoon. We delved in and started to guess which teaspoon was which flavour. Out of the wasabi, green tea, parsley, lime, spicy chocolate and lychee, the wasabi ice-cream was my favourite! They were all unique and how did they taste? Well, just like everything else we had, divine!Ajji,
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