Cozy and tucked away from the bustling city, Ajitomi is not commercial, rather a hidden delight for fortunate ones who come across it. Ajitomi is a go-to for Japanese diners and locals. With a warm-tone decór, the restaurant is quite small in size, but always crowded and full of customers chatting happily away.
One of the the key features of Ajitomi is the friendliness of the service. The waiters always have a smile on their face, always on the lookout for an empty cup to fill up with tea or to give recommendations to newcomers.
Ajitomi specialises in Japanese food, but does have some fusion-orientated dishes. For example, there are some French and Italian dishes with a Japanese twist.
The menu has a wide selection of choices, including a section for barbecue-styled dishes, roasted on the grill towards the back of the restaurant. One really exciting thing I noticed on the menu was this special Japanese stone pot rice with three different ingredients. Ajitomi of the the few Japanese restaurants in Hong Kong that have these available and they do them really deliciously here with a 30 minute waiting time....
During one of my visits to the restaurant, I decided to try the renowned Osaka Meatballs, that I saw on almost every table around me. Not only was it on the Signature Dishes List, it was also heavily recommended by the waiters both times I've visited the restaurant.
The food came promptly and the aroma of the meatballs wafted around the cozy dining space. It looks absolutely delicious. Not with a Michelin-star style presentation, but that's exactly what Ajitomi embodies. A delicious home-cooked meals. The waiter placed three plump meatballs on top of a generous helping of rice in front of me. And on the side a simple salad, soup, fried egg and pickles.
One bite in and you feel just at home. The tenderness of the meat is spectacular, but what's more is the simplicity and lightness of the flavours with a delicious aftertaste. These meatballs are, in my opinion, one of the best type of meatballs in Hong Kong. So homey and yet so original. There really are no words to describe the palate experience unless you try it yourself. It kind of has a hint of the Shanghai "lion head" meatballs with Japanese flavors. A definite must-try.