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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Aji Grill

There's a Peruvian restaurant near my brother's house, and since I've been intrigued by Peruvian cuisine since I met my Peruvian friend Maria-Ines, I was excited to check it out. I liked the ambience of the place, and though we were happy to see that we didn't have to wait to be seated, I was also surprised at how few people there were in the restaurant.

We ordered several seafood dishes, and none of them were particularly memorable. We had the Macho Pescado, and we unanimously decided that we liked the version of this dish better at Charo's. The one dish that I particularly liked though was the crispy shrimp appetizer. The taste was pretty unique, considering that so many restaurants offer this in their appetizer lineup.

I've read a lot of horrible reviews about the service at Aji Grill. Thankfully, we were not a victim of this. The man who served us (the only one, it seemed) was very helpful and polite, and we did not have to wait too long for anything.

I think though that I would still go to Charo's if I wanted to eat Peruvian food in the area, unless I discover a better restaurant.

Aji Grill
10205 Valley View St.
Cypress, CA 90630
(714) 484-0888


::Alejandro:: said...

Since you're OC based, you might be interested in knowing that Chubbypanda at The Epicurious Wanderer was quite pleased with his experience at Peruvian Kitchen in Fountain Valley.

Peruvian food should always be very good; if it's not, blame the owners, not the cuisine.

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Nikka said...

Don't worry, I won't make that mistake :) My Peruvian friend told me almost the exact thing when I told her about my experience. She said I should try another restaurant, since real Peruvian food should ALWAYS be great.