Atlanta >Food & Dining > AJA - Atlanta
3500 Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3032633.851845 -84.363692
Sun, 5pm - 1pm; Mon - Wed, 11:30am - 10pm; Thu, 11:30am - 11pm; Fri, 11:30am - midnight; Sat, 5pm - midnight
Good place for a girls night out – Went to Aja with a group of my girls for a 30th birthday. The restaurant is hot - red & black and it is a trendy crowd. Good food for sharing and we ordered a little bit of everything to share. The rolls and dim sum are all really good, especially the lobster roll. The drinks were incredible and we had way too many of those. Our favorites were the Summer Delight and TY KU Superfruit Mojito which the waitress said was 100 calories, not sure if it is diet if you drink ten. Good stuff
Great atmosphere – I love all of Tom Catherall's restaurants. I usually go with my girlfriends and we stay after eating to drink. It is hard to find a place that you can go, eat, and hang out at all together. I love these restaurants because they are safe, have really good looking customers and guys don't bother us-unless we want them to (really good bouncers at all of them), and the bartenders are awesome! The food is good too. I am not a big fan of chinese anyway...but it is good.
It's 1970. Prom-time, Daddy's Amex, and..................! – For many of us native Atlantans who can remember prom-time, borrowing your Dad's Caddy, his Amex, and pinning that corsage on your date, and heading out to dinner at Camelia Garden's across from Piedmont Hospital, for a run down memory lane, come here. I swear, everything is in red/black, with that big Golden Budda holding court, and a silly Pan-Asian beginners menu and dim sum. Can this restaurant really be from the Tom Catherall, whose Prime at Lenox, with one of Atlanta's best sushi bars, and Home with the ultra Southern Suppers, now that it finally has changed chefs, be for real? Or, is that Tom in the bar, here with the rest of us, and the good old days, wishing they were like they used to be, when we went to the prom. Oh, just have another Mai Tai, and a Chung King eggroll.
Tom Catherall dives into the Asian game with this fancied-up, stylish dim sum spot in Buckhead. – In Short
A Michelin Man-sized Buddha hovers over the dining room, like a steroids-taking bronzed statue from a suburban Chinese restaurant circa 1988. Gaudily oversized Asian symbols on the ceiling further indicate that this is Pan-Asian at its worst. Aja is like if Buford Hwy unfortunately ran head first into a TGIFridays -- it seems authentic on the surface, but the food is subpar to anyone who's dined on more than just Panda Express. Attractive young servers wheel a dim sum cart offering the usual pork buns, shrimp rolls and pot stickers, while run-of-the-mill sushi is built more for looks than taste. The menu covers a realm of food from the Far East, a sort of easy introductory course to those who want Americanized Kung Pao in a trendy setting. The swooping, well-designed space attracts a beautiful crowd -- drinking in the lounge might be the way to go here.
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