Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Ajito--Cupertino, CA

Soboro Don
With the kids away at a birthday party at De Anza College, Jenny and I tried the nearby Ajito in Cupertino. Wanting to try several different items, I started with a couple of skewers. I had the chicken skin skewer with "Sauce" as opposed to "Salt". It was nevertheless very salty. I also had the pork belly skewer, which was a bit spongier than what I was expecting but otherwise fine. Overall, the skewers were small and of questionable value, even at two dollars each.

Chicken Skin skewer

The chicken, rice and egg dish Soboro Don) was, just like the chicken skin skewer before it, quite salty. Also, the egg, poached, was the tiniest I'd ever seen coming from a chicken.  Jenny and I independently thought the ground chicken tasted a lot like pork sung, which isn't necessarily a bad thing--I'd just never had chicken that tasted so much like pork.

Pork Belly skewer
Salmon Avocado Tartare featuring homemade potato chips was a delicious, though. I'd never even thought of potato chips and salmon going together, but it was a combination that worked.
Salmon Avocado Tartare
As surely as boys from Indiana know how to shoot free throws, chefs in Bay Area Japanese restaurants know how to grill fish. Ajito was no exception with their grilled black cod (Gindara Misoyaki), which tasted good just looking at it.

Grilled cod
We finished with a sashimi salad, which wasn't in the same league as the similar offering at Rokko Sushi in Sunnyvale. But, it was a valiant attempt. The sashimi was great, but the presentation was a mish mash. We had no regrets.

Sashimi salad