*Please note, my ratings are based on comparison with other AYCE restaurants, 3 being average. If you are for quality of service and food, you should avoid AYCE at any cost and should go to a la carte restaurants.*
After 2 years of absence, I went back to Aji Taro on Wed. night around 10:30. The late night starts at 10pm and open till 2am for $11.95.
As my seat was near the entrance, I was able to watch how the waiter/esses handle the line up. There have been always a line up at least until when I left around 11:30. However, they don't seem to care how long customers wait. They only go talk to the party in front of line, not all parties. I wonder why they don't take names and number in party, so they can just sit down till their name being called.
Here, we fill out an order sheet by yourself. I actually prefer this style over waiter/esses taking orders by their PDA devices, since I can know if my order is too much or too little, and I don't have to take up their time reading each items that I want to order.
My sake (salmon) and maguro (tuna) nigiri were really dry. I saw them making a bunch of them at one time, and covering with wet cloth. I guess sushi has to be made to order, or it gets dry.
The selection of food was better than average, but they tend to be luke warm.
My ocha (tea) was way weak, almost plain hot water. My BBQ ribs and yakitori (chicken skewers) were pretty good, but too bad they were just luke warm. My chopped scallop rolls were good as usual.
Somethings bothered me were that I saw a cigarette package next to sushi plate piles behind the counter... In this restaurants, kichen and counter receive the order by print outs similar to cashier machine. When they deliver the food, I found one of them on top of the noodle bowl, being dipped in yakitori sauce....
After all, it seemed to me Ajitaro is just another average AYCE. Their best feature is staying open very late.