LONG BRANCH: West End's newest restaurant, Aji, brings a variety delicious Asian dishes to Long Branch.
Owner Xu Zheng said his new restaurant, located at 82 Montgomery Ave., opened in June and that he has been focusing on "keeping the food fresh and the delivery fast."
Zheng said his most popular menu items has been the specialty sushi rolls. They include a number of different cooked and raw sushi tools such as the Christmas Roll which has lobster tempura and mango inside, is wrapped in soy paper and topped with spicy crunch tuna, avocado and tobiko and topped with spicy mango sauce.
As with other Asian restaurants, the rolls are not just tasty, but beautiful as well. The plates on which they are served are decorated with sauce in the shape of dragons and birds and the rolls are arranged in unique ways.
Zheng said his cooked dishes and lunch specials have also been very popular. The lunch specials include some classic Chinese cuisine such as General Tso's Chicken and Orange Flavor Beef as well as Thai dishes such as curry chicken or beef.
This is not Zheng's first business venture as he also owns Ten Asian Cuisine in Long Island and Ming Ying, a Chinese take out restaurant located next door to Aji on Montgomery Avenue.
He said his goal at all of his restaurants is to continue to give his customers "good service and delicious food."
Aji is open for lunch on Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. The restaurant is open for dinner from 4:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, 4:30 - 11 p.m. on Friday, 3 p.m. - 11 p.m. on Saturday and 3 - 10:30 p.m. on Sunday.