I have been trying to go Ajimori (technically, it’s supposed to be “Adimori” in English, but that doesn’t make sense to me) for a while now and finally got in without a reservation last night. This restaurant is open from 11:30am-2:30pm for lunch and from 5:30pm-9:30pm for dinner which means that you can only actually get in the door between 11:30am – 1:00pm for lunch and 5:30pm – 8:00pm for dinner. That’s a pretty narrow window, so keep that in mind if you plan on going. Also, it’s very possible that you will be kindly turned away at the door if you don’t make a reservation, , so you’re better off calling ahead.
I finally dropped by this restaurant at the right time on the right day and got in. This is another splurge restaurant, so be ready to pay a minimum of 4,000 JPY per person for the most basic course menu (not including alcohol or soft drinks). There are only four options on the basic menu, either tonkatsu (pork cutlets) or boiled shabu shabu for lunch and shabu shabu for dinner. I came here for dinner and ordered the simplest course menu of shabu shabu, black pork and veggies, that comes with an egg for dipping, a small side dish, and dessert. At your typical shabu shabu restaurant, you’ll probably get an array of sauces or salts to dip your meat and veggies in, but not here. I was surprised by how flavorful the broth was and how, although I could taste that it was salty, the salt wasn’t overpowering. No dips or sauces necessary.
You’ll get an ample amount of thinly sliced pork rib and pork loin and an array of nice vegetables that you can dip in the broth and eat as is or dip into an “egg soup” that you make with the broth and egg you’re given. Either way it’s lovely. After you’ve finished the meat and veggies, you’ll get udon noodles to finish off the meal and provide a nice boost of carbohydrates. Oh, and don’t forget there’s dessert. Yeah, I was stuffed. DELICIOUS!