My Dining Experience at Aajisai in Quest Mall Kolkata

My Dining Experience at Aajisai in Quest Mall Kolkata

I once read somewhere that the first flavour we try becomes our favourite ice-cream flavour; and, I have never stopped wondering, ever since, if this is logic is applicable in the process of selecting other favourites. I have no way of telling if it is true in case of everything – generally, or personally – but I believe that the reason Fuji in Southern Avenue is my favourite Japanese restaurant in Kolkata is that this is where I tried the cuisine for the first time. I have a slight bias towards this chain of Oriental restaurants.  That’s why I could not let go of the opportunity to visit Aajisai in Quest Mall Kolkata, the all new Japanese fine dining place in the city by the owner of Fuji.

My Dining Experience at Aajisai in Quest Mall Kolkata 2018

My Dining Experience at Aajisai in Quest Mall Kolkata

My Dining Experience at Aajisai in Quest Mall Kolkata

I received the invitation to Aajisai from their management for a tasting session, and I just could not say no, as I had been reading and seeing a lot about the stunning, high-end dining on social media. The place turned out to be absolutely stunning. Everything, from the enormous metal hangings from the ceiling to the conveyor belt acting as an automated food server – it’s all quite an exciting experience. I mean, who wouldn’t feel excited to see a plate of sushi rolling over to your table? And, don’t forget the live food counter, where the chefs put up a show, whipping up Japanese delicacies in front of you, and get you salivating!

Ambience at Aajisai in Quest Mall Kolkata 2018

Ambience at Aajisai in Quest Mall Kolkata

After being a little enthralled by the decor and technology used in Aajisai, I sat down for the food tasting. The dishes I tried include the following:

1. Spicy Salmon Roll –  This is a salmon roll platter containing 8 pieces of the most adorable, bite-size pieces of sushi. Every piece packed a pungent punch, with the flavours of salmon and Nori creating the most heavenly marriage. I loved the sprinkling of the bright orange, slightly crunchy fish eggs on the top.

2. Tori Teriyaki – This is an appetiser with chicken tenders shredded to tiny pieces and cooked in the sweet and spicy Teriyaki sauce. While it was quite good, I really expected a little more from the dish, but did not really find anything particularly special about it. The chicken pieces were cooked to softness.

Spicy Salmon Roll (left) and Tori Teriyaki at Aajisai in Quest Mall Kolkata 2018

Spicy Salmon Roll (left) and Tori Teriyaki at Aajisai in Quest Mall Kolkata

3. Tempura Moriawasa – This is a bowl of appetising veggies and prawns, coated a light, crispy batter, and fried to perfection. This is an old favourite of mine, available at all their restaurants. I don’t care what I bite into – a potato or a prawn. I just want to eat them all day. But, I felt that Rs. 750 is a little too much for a dish with just a few veggies and two prawns.

4. Spicy Mushroom Maki – If you’re a vegetarian or don’t particularly like seafood, then the mushroom maki is a good option. It’s as delicious and delicately flavoured as you would want your sushi rolls;  it just has mushroom pieces inside, and lacks the pungent flavour of a marine fish. I must admit that I quite enjoyed this variant of sushi, as well.

Tempura Marawasa (left) and Spicy Mushroom Maki at Aajisai in Quest Mall Kolkata 2018: JustODThings

Tempura Marawasa (left) and Spicy Mushroom Maki at Aajisai in Quest Mall Kolkata

So, to sum it all up:

Aajisai in Quest Mall, is the appropriate new member of Kolkata’s Fuji family. It serves all the delights of its sibling restaurants – with an upgraded presentation, where the improvement is distinct. It’s more on the pricier side of the scale; but overall, it is a great restaurant for a fancy dining experience, with the luxe decor setting up the mood before you dig into the delicate, exotic food.

Aajisai Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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