WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
NAME: Aji Restaurant
WE ARE: One of the most popular tastes of 21st century gastronomy, the Nikkei, which is a cross-pollination between Peruvian and Japanese cuisines, transforms local Peruvian dishes using Japanese flavors and techniques, resulting in its own personality and identity.
DATE OPENED: 11/07/2016
WHO’S BEHIND IT: Retail & Beyond and a second generation Nikkei creation himself, Peruvian-raised Head Chef Erick F H Oshiro has been a pioneer of the concept for more than 12 years.
LOCATION: Palm Jumeirah
STREET ADDRESS: Club Vista Mare
PHONE: +971 4 552 0244
Retail & Beyond’s latest F&B concept Ají (pronounced ‘ah-hee’), is a Dubai-based dining destination which includes a licensed restaurant, lounge and terrace. The Nikkei concept was founded in 2016 and is located at the brand new Club Vista Mare contemporary dining and leisure complex on Palm Jumeirah. Meaning ‘chili’ in Spanish and ‘flavour’ in Japanese, Ají was the only name choice for a restaurant embracing the ambivalence of culinary culture. Taking diners on a gastronomic pilgrimage to discover the Nikkei flavours, dishes will celebrate Japanese precision and Peruvian flavours combined. Ají is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner with a resident DJ to take the guests from day into night.
Signature dishes such as Ají Tiradito Especial and Ají Cebiche will be created at the live sushi, ceviche and tiradito counter, while Beef Ishiyaki is served raw with a hot stone for maximum table theatre. Sure to satisfy even the most discerning meat-lover, Angus Short Ribs are slow-braised with Tonkatsu, star anise and membrillo for 24-hours.
Other standout dishes include Lomo Saltado Gyoza (Beef Sirloin with Ají Amarillo and caramelized onions), Soft Shell Crab Causa with Escabechado sauce, coriander and Botija olives; and Aji Anticucho Tradicional (Beef skewers with Anticuchera sauce and Shansho butter).
At Ají, vibrant interiors celebrate the incredible energy of the two cultures, intertwined in an opulent beachside setting. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the dining room with light – where Peruvian prints clash stylishly with oriental-style bird cages and bright flashes of green leather. The dramatic flair is enhanced with a private dining space housed in a circular glass-paneled dome while the mirrored live sushi counter adds to an interactive dining experience.