The 2200 block of Magazine Street has turned into a hotbed of culinary activity over the last two years with the arrival of District Donuts-Sliders-Brew and Charcoal's Gourmet Burger Bar creating a cluster of dining options alongside Stein's Market & Deli. AJ&J Asian Bistro is now open on the block as well.
Located in a former antique store, AJ&J features a sleek, metallic space with glittering chandeliers and a charming collection of Maneki-neko (Japanese good luck cats) by the front door. The menu is expansive, with generously portioned Pan-Asian fare ranging from a seafood curry hot pot to Singapore noodles.
The restaurant also boasts a sizable sushi bar with a number of unusual ingredient combinations for those looking to push the limits of what "sushi" means. The Fat Cowboy roll features shrimp tempura and snowcrab topped with filet mignon and crispy onions.
The restaurant offers a number of lunch specials, including Japanese-style bento boxes, which hover around a $10 and include a main course (teriyaki, tempura or sashimi) with miso soup, ginger salad, a California roll, pot stickers and rice.
The restaurant is BYOB while awaiting their liquor license, and there is a $5 corkage fee per bottle for wine and no charge for beer.
AJ&J is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.Monday through Thursday, until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 9 p.m. on Sundays. Delivery is available within a two mile radius.