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Posted by Anonymous-D on 11/27/2010
We ordered 2 ramen soups, fried rice and sushi. Everthing was disappointing. Shrimp were unappetizing! Sushi was frightening and to top it all off we spent $50 with tip.
Posted by AL on 10/26/2008
i've been to this place many times since it first opened and to the ones in China, where ajisen is extremely popular. Not that it had ever been great but over time, it's just gotten from disappointing to subpar. The supposed japanese dumplings are merely overpriced chinese fried dumplings. The chicken skin sticks are over fried to crisp which not how it is suppose to be. The japanese fried rice was practically bathed in oil. The only good thing i would recommend is the ramen noodles (which is what this place is known for), especially the sukiyaki beef ramen. The beef was a bit overcooked but it was so sweet and delicious with hot and flavorful soup! It seems as if the owner (who is cantonese) is trying to change the restaurant to attract more customers by switching the original ajisen menu (which is leather bound with pictures of the foods) to a hong kong diner-ish menu that lacks clarity and description. He is also china-fying the place by adding cheap dishes like chicken curry rice (i was expecting japanese curry rice since it is a "japanese" restaurant) or chef's special.... i can go to any chinese joint and pay lower prices for that. The owner did try to replace my dish once he saw my untouched chicken curry rice but i was too disillusioned to chance it. it's a chance you are taking and if you stick to the noodles, you'll be happy with the food. but don't have any high expectations of anything remotely close to japanese style cooking.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/05/2008
This is not an authentic Japanese restaurant, and is not meant to be. (I think the owners are Taiwanese). I haven't had the sushi here, but it looks decent. The soup is the main attraction, and it's great for a cold day. The soups come out very hot, from my experience, contrary to a post below. The soups are simplenoodles, thin-sliced or ground meats, veggies, etc. The broths vary from rich to so-so, and can be very spicy if you ask. Also, the soy-sauce soaked boiled eggs are also simple but great. While Menchanko-Tei and other Ramen joints will appeal to noodle purists, Ajisen is a great no-frills place. Service is good, fast, and friendly.
Posted by mr_anon on 01/15/2008
They have improved a lot after a few ownership changes. Now this place is run by Taiwanese guys (they serve bubble teas and Taiwanese ice creams on the menus). The noodle soups are nice and hot, you must try their tenderous ribs ramen, the meat is soft and it just melts in your mouth. Also try their curry pork ramen. They give you like 6/7 slices of pork! The noodle soups are rich and flavorful. They have a variety of nice appetizers to order from as well . This is a noodle place and one should not expect to find quality sushi in here. This place is always quiet and it doesn't have blasting music. A good value for a nice lunch or dinner.
Posted by Ernest M. Skinner on 10/25/2007
I eat here on rare occasion because it is literally "steps from the house." The food isn't necessarily bad, it's just average and bland. I have never gotten soup here that was actually hot. Even a simple cup of miso arrives cold. The sushi and sashimi are never spoiled, and I've never gotten sick -- but it has never been fresh, either. Understand that this is a chain/franchise type of thing, so it may be better in their other places. The pleasant decor doesn't make up for the sluggish service and average, non-too-fresh food. You take your chances with the "music." Sometimes it's turned way down, other times it's offensive and blasting. So much room for improvement, they COULD be packed all the time if they played their cards right, but don't seem inclined to do so.
Posted by monitta on 12/15/2006
I would rather say, it is Japanese-style not authentic Japanese. Some of the ingredients they use are not even staples of Japanese cooking, for example, fried minced garlic. I ordered the sukiyaki beef noodles (beef was overcooked), cold tofu (not a very good quality of tofu was used and they used undiluted soy sauce, when a mixture of dashi and soy sauce should be used), and salmon egg sushi (the seaweed was rolled inside out)!? I would give the noodles a second chance, but without the garlic.
Posted by newyork lover on 09/04/2006
Really great food! The decorations are wonderful! The noodles are delicious! The bubble tea is so good..I recomend that you at least go check out the teas! The service is top notch! The only drawbacks that I can find is that it is a bit secluded..but its worth it, trust me!