Do you ever walk in somewhere and just love it before you even really know anything about it? That's pretty much how we all felt going into Ajia this weekend.
Ajia is the new pan-Asian cocktails and nibbles concept on George Street from the the people behind Busaba. It's a sexy modern underground lounge set-up - you want to say a little speakeasy but without the overdone retro.
Once you've passed the bright, vibrant wall-to-wall multimedia entrance, you reach a nicely dimmed space split into living room areas with comfy velour armchairs and coffee tables. The music is good and you can tell someone put thought into it - it's loud enough to create an atmosphere but you can enjoy a conversation without shouting. The sections are private enough but you can still mingle if you want, and people do. The whole thing has a really good vibe to it.
This isn't your gran's eggs benedict brunch We went for their bottomless brunch launch (weekends 12-4) but it could have been any time and any excuse. Brunch, lunch, date, birthday or after work drinks - we loved that it would be a great fit for all of the above and that although it was 1pm, we were having evening fun.
The cocktails are the stars here. We went ahead and enjoyed our bottomless brunch Prosecco and unashamedly added yummy cocktails - day drinking pros over here.
We had: Goodness Guava: Raspberry Vodka, Guava juice, Sugar, Lime and Pineapple juice.
China Nights: Ocho blanco Tequila, Triple Sec, Fresh Holy Basil and Raspberry.
Club Japan: Japanese Single Malt, Limoncello and Lemonade
Plum Negroni: Plum Sake, Campari and Sweet Vermouth
Sweet, savoury and spicy - the street fries wow While Ajia and the upstairs Busaba share a kitchen, their menus are completely distinct. The sharing plates are generous and delicious. Fresh and tasty, the flavours mostly from Japan, Thailand and Korea, hit the sweet and the hot just right. We had:
Por–Pia Jay Crispy vegetable spring rolls with sesame dipping sauce
Gyoza Pan-fried dumplings served with sesame dipping sauce
Street Market Fries topped with minced chilli beef, Monterey Jack cheese and basil.
Soft and fluffy bao buns filled with Crispy hoisin duck with spring onions and cucumber
(there's a good selection of V/Ve choices too)
A wonderful addition to the Oxford scene. Right in the middle of things, next to the theatres, the airliner stop and the train - a perfect spot as a before or after, or as its own main destination.
We'll be back! /LA
Ajia 27-29 George Street, Oxford www.ajia.co.uk
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