Ajihei

★★★★☆
  • 11 Chambers St

    Princeton, NJ 08542

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  • 609-252-1158

About Ajihei

Hours
Mon. - Fri. 5:30pm - 9pm;Sat. 5:30am - 9:30pm;Sun. 5:30am - 8:30pm

Food

Food
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The service wasn't friendly, but it wasn't rude either. The sushi, on the other hand, was wonderful. I just had a basic tuna roll as a quick lunch, but I enjoyed every last bite. The wasabi, too, was an experience in itself. I took the amount I usually do with my first bite, and immediately regretted it. This was very fresh and flavorful (I never knew wasabi was so complex!), but it also packed WAY more bite. I'm no stranger to hot food, but this almost had me in tears. I took tiny amounts after that and it was really delicious.

The place itself is very small, clean, and plain. It's comparatively hidden, as all the stores around it have their names on awnings and things in the windows. I guess that helps keep prices and crowds down--and I have to say I'm very very glad!

2
★★★★★

The service wasn't friendly, but it wasn't rude either. The sushi, on the other hand, was wonderful. I just had a basic tuna roll as a quick lunch, but I enjoyed every last bite. The wasabi, too, was an experience in itself. I took the amount I usually do with my first bite, and immediately regretted it. This was very fresh and flavorful (I never knew wasabi was so complex!), but it also packed WAY more bite. I'm no stranger to hot food, but this almost had me in tears. I took tiny amounts after that and it was really delicious.

The place itself is very small, clean, and plain. It's comparatively hidden, as all the stores around it have their names on awnings and things in the windows. I guess that helps keep prices and crowds down--and I have to say I'm very very glad!

Pros: great sushi, no one knows about it

Cons: service isn't friendly

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As a Japanese-American who lives and works in Princeton, I was looking forward to eating at Ajihei. The reviews of their food are all glowing. And yet, when I went with my parents-in-law, expecting a great meal, I instead received some shocking treatment. As soon as we walked through the door, the hostess/waitress met us at the door and made some gesture to back away. We were confused. The place was not full. There were several tables available. We had a group of five that would easily fit.

In her garbled mix of English and Japanese, she eventually got across to us that we could not stay. When I asked why, she said the chef would not serve us. Our group was too large, apparently, though that did not make much sense, given that there some groups of four and five already there. She then turned away from us and went into the kitchen area. We were confused. We waited for a moment to see if she was going to come back and give us a better explanation. She did not. When I asked her to come over, she had this exasperated look on her face. We asked if we should just come back in a moment; perhaps the chef just needed a few minutes. She said, No, the chef will not serve you. (I'm guessing a bit here, since she had almost no facility in the English language -- an embarrassment for any restaurant.)

At this point, I was angry. I went straight to the chef and asked him why we couldn't be seated. I asked him for an explanation. He said, "I don't need to give you an explanation." I asked him again. He said that we needed to leave. So I did, knowing that I would never return.

I have never been rejected from a restaurant. But the chef at Ajihei is either racially prejudiced (my wife's family is Chinese) or arrogant and self-serving. Most likely both. For a restaurant with such good food, they have downright crappy service. Not recommended.

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★☆☆☆☆

As a Japanese-American who lives and works in Princeton, I was looking forward to eating at Ajihei. The reviews of their food are all glowing. And yet, when I went with my parents-in-law, expecting a great meal, I instead received some shocking treatment. As soon as we walked through the door, the hostess/waitress met us at the door and made some gesture to back away. We were confused. The place was not full. There were several tables available. We had a group of five that would easily fit.

In her garbled mix of English and Japanese, she eventually got across to us that we could not stay. When I asked why, she said the chef would not serve us. Our group was too large, apparently, though that did not make much sense, given that there some groups of four and five already there. She then turned away from us and went into the kitchen area. We were confused. We waited for a moment to see if she was going to come back and give us a better explanation. She did not. When I asked her to come over, she had this exasperated look on her face. We asked if we should just come back in a moment; perhaps the chef just needed a few minutes. She said, No, the chef will not serve you. (I'm guessing a bit here, since she had almost no facility in the English language -- an embarrassment for any restaurant.)

At this point, I was angry. I went straight to the chef and asked him why we couldn't be seated. I asked him for an explanation. He said, "I don't need to give you an explanation." I asked him again. He said that we needed to leave. So I did, knowing that I would never return.

I have never been rejected from a restaurant. But the chef at Ajihei is either racially prejudiced (my wife's family is Chinese) or arrogant and self-serving. Most likely both. For a restaurant with such good food, they have downright crappy service. Not recommended.

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Princeton is totally overrun with sushi restaurants, but Ajihei stands out from the crowd. I usually don't like sushi (and I certainly got sick of it after a while) but I always enjoyed Ajihei. It's small but not cramped and the fish is very fresh. It's a little pricier than Sakura but it's worth it.

4
★★★★☆

Princeton is totally overrun with sushi restaurants, but Ajihei stands out from the crowd. I usually don't like sushi (and I certainly got sick of it after a while) but I always enjoyed Ajihei. It's small but not cramped and the fish is very fresh. It's a little pricier than Sakura but it's worth it.

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After years of searching for the ideal Sushi, I can finally rest easy knowing that I have found the perfect place in Princeton, NJ. The lunch special (assorted mix chosen by the sushi chef himself--who happens to be an understudy of Morimoto) is definitely the way to go. Tuesdays and Fridays are delivery days and you won't find more delicate or fresh sushi anywhere else.

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★★★★★

After years of searching for the ideal Sushi, I can finally rest easy knowing that I have found the perfect place in Princeton, NJ. The lunch special (assorted mix chosen by the sushi chef himself--who happens to be an understudy of Morimoto) is definitely the way to go. Tuesdays and Fridays are delivery days and you won't find more delicate or fresh sushi anywhere else.

Pros: Delicious, Fresh, Perfect

Cons: Hidden--Poor Signage

 

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