Tasty food, tasty ambience
Dunno about ""Buckfifty"" saying that the owners are Thai (not that it makes any difference) and bitches about the ""all you can eat"" fare. Chef/owner Shoei is real Japanese and, to the best of my knowledge, has NEVER offered all-you-can-eat sushi. I'm thinking that Buckfifty is either thinking of a different place, got the inevitable bad dish, or got up on the wrong side of the bed. For my taste, between the price and quality, it's one of the best in the neighborhood and way more intimate than the big sushi barns. Doesn't rate up there with Matsuhisa, but doesn't charge the prices either (altho it's been getting pricier). I lived in Tokyo for 3 years, eaten at hundreds of sushi restaurants (including ""Best in the World"" Fukusushi) and studied the cuisine. Ajisai is one of my regular haunts. Try the aji (and ask for the deep-fried skeleton) - incredible!