The 2200 block of Magazine Street has turned into a hotbed of culinary activity over the last two years with District Donuts-Sliders-Brew (2209 Magazine St., 504-570-6945; www.donutsandsliders.com) and Charcoal's Gourmet Burger Bar (2200 Magazine St., 504-644-4311; www.charcoalsgourmetburgerbar.com) moving in near Stein's Market & Deli (2207 Magazine St., 504-527-0771; www.steinsdeli.net). AJ&J Asian Bistro (2240 Magazine St., 504-609-2282; www.ajjasianbistro.com) 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 snow crab topped with filet mignon and crispy onions.
The restaurant offers a number of lunch specials, including Japanese-style bento boxes, which cost about $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 until it gets a liquor license, and there is a $5 corkage fee per bottle of wine.
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 2-mile radius.