When I lived in Indonesia from Sept 2011 – January 2012, often Lauri (The Husband) told me that he ate at this Ajino Sushi Bar in downtown area of Mannheim when he’s too lazy to cook. The price that they offered is quite a deal for the All-You-Can-Eat menu, but it really depends on what time you’re going to eat there.
Basically Ajino opens at Monday till Saturday 11:00 am – 23:00. On Sunday or holidays, they are open from 12:00 – 22:00. It is quite nice to eat here on Sunday, if you have money, since all of the other restaurants and shops would be closed at the day. Here’s the price (by March 2012) that they offered for the All-You-Can-Eat sushi:
Midday, 11:30 – 16:30 = € 12.90
Evening, 17:00 – 21:30 = € 17.90
Sunday & Holidays = € 14.90
They also have 10% Student Discount for a la carte menu, but if I wasn’t mistaken the discount doesn’t apply to the all-you-can-eat menu. The a la carte sushi dishes cost around €3-3.90, while they also have Sushi Set that starts from €13, perfect if you want to eat different kinds of sushi but thinks the all-you-can-eat would be too much for you.
As for the food itself, I’ve only tried the Sushi from the Running Bar, so I haven’t tried their other kinds of sushi yet except nigiri. Usually when I and the Husband ate here, we had this huge Sushi craving that needed to be satisfied. So we always ended up taking the all-you-can-eat menu. The Sushi are always fresh and nice, especially the raw ones. My favorite would be Shake & Ebi Nigiri. Just simple ones but really comforting and delicious. I always prefer Nigiri than Maki sushi because of this :D
They seem to have a specialty Maki Sushi. It has tuna and cheese rolled in it, and then fried slightly with bread-crumbs, rice on the outside, then it served with Dim Sum sauce while the cheese slightly melts. Lauri is a big fan of this Maki Sushi, while I realy don’t enjoy Maki that much. To me it feels like Maki sushi doesn’t taste much like “sushi” much. Also, Ajino Sushi also served 2 kinds of desserts on their running Sushi Bar, but you have to wait for awhile until they appeared and fish it out before someone else steal it from you. One dessert is banana rolled in gluttonous rice and served with sweet jam and the other one is sliced fruits served with sweet coconut milk. I have yet to ask the patron the names of this Desserts.
Since we ate here a few times (and we’re quite a couple that is easy to be remembered, since we ate LOTS of Sushi), it seemed like we were considered to be regular. The patrons are really kind too, even though we can’t communicate much because there’s a language barrier. One time Lauri ate 20 PLATES of Sushi by himself at lunch and he got a free herbal tea mix to bring for home. The other time we ate here, we got a €2 discount card to use next time. Yep, one of the best feelings in the word is to be considered a regular indeed :mrgreen:
There’s also another Sushi Bar located near Mannheim Banhoft (Central Railway Station), the name is Tokyo Sushi Bar Restaurant. I saw comments on google maps that Tokyo’s Sushi won against Ajino hands-down. I have yet to visit Tokyo Sushi first tho to try the food, prolly in a few weeks to come. Kane ga nai :(
I personally think that comparing Tokyo Sushi Bar to Ajino Sushi Bar is quite hard, since the way they served the food is different. Tokyo Sushi served their food by order (and they made it in front of you for fan-service :p) while Ajino Sushi Bar specialized in their all-you-can-eat Running Sushi Bar. I say if you want gourmet eating, you could go to Tokyo Sushi Bar, while when you want to stuff yourself silly with plentiful Sushi, go to Ajino Sushi and EAT ALL THE SUSHI!
Anyway, whenever I ate here with Lauri, we’d always have this small competition to see who can eat Sushi the most. The one who triumph as the victor deserves a BJ :mrgreen: Who is winning this time?