By: John Milovcic - December 16, 2013
Aji 53 Japanese Fusion Cuisine
Six years ago AJI 53 moved Midtown New York’s Japanese fine dining establishment 50 miles east to Bay Shore.
AJI 53, located at 53 East Main St. in Bay Shore, has been inspiring their guests for the past 6 years. LIB Magazine sat down with Barry Huang, owner of AJI 53 Tuesday and navigated the complex tastes associated with Japanese cuisine. Japanese cuisine is delicate with every taste accounted for, and has the look of being simple and artful. Japanese cuisine is detail orientated, and those details tell a story. AJI is a type of Japanese mackerel (apropos don’t you think?).
Taste of Paradise at AJI 53
This simple, thin cut yellowtail paired with a sliver of jalapeño (an appetizer) finishes with a yuzu (a citrus fruit) and ponzu (a brown citrus based sauce) drizzle — the perfect appetizer. The dish is a blend of the light flavor of the fish, the tartness of the drizzle and the mild kick of the pepper that crept up at the end.
The entrée is without a doubt the pièce de résistance. A beautiful balance of shrimp tempura, fried banana and lobster salad wrapped in soy paper finished with both a mango sauce and passion fruit sauce. This seemingly strange combination of ingredients is aptly named the Paradise Roll. The initial flavor is subtle. A light banana flavor soon added a touch of crunch from the shrimp tempura and the mango and passion fruit sauce finished this balanced dish.
How AJI 53 Changed Bay Shore’s Restaurant Scene
Bay Shore’s restaurant landscape changed with AJI 53 six years ago. AJI was the first in the neighborhood. Since then, three other Japanese restaurants opened within a few blocks of AJI. To distinguish from the other restaurants, AJI delivers to you, offers lunch specials and has happy hour specials to name a few.
AJI 53’s happy hour specials run from Monday to Thursday 5pm to 7pm currently, which includes half price beers, appetizer specials and sushi rolls. AJI 53 offers prix-fixe meals for dinner.
Food is equal parts sustenance, entertainment, comfort and nutrition. Food is life. Come celebrate life at AJI 53; it is perfect for parties, dates and corporate events. AJI 53 is a catch you don’t want to miss.