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Join aja every Wednesday in August as we celebrate Bacardi Mojito Nights on our new patio! From 6pm-8pm, enjoy complimentary Bacardi mojitos made with Dragon Berry, Limon, O, and new Torched Cherry. This week, bartender Drew Bassler created four different varieties of refreshing mojitos that include a cucumber mojito, blackberry-orange mojito, hibiscus flower mojito, and a green apple and cinnamon mojito. Recipes and pictures below. We'll see you next week! hibiscus mojito: In a pint glass, muddle three lime wedges, three mint sprigs, two sweet hibiscus flowers, 1/2oz hibiscus syrup. Add 2oz Bacardi Torched Cherry and shake. Top with soda... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2010 at aja Chicago is now
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Executive Chef Joshua Linton was featured in Chicago Social's 'The Restaurant Issue 2010.' They called it star search; meeting the next generation of killer kitchen talent. Read Linton's excerpt below: THE CHEF: Joshua Linton, 29 THE ROLE: Executive chef, aja The SHTICK: Shared-plates, regional Asian How's It going today? Crazy. I have 16 new dishes going on the menu tomorrow. Like what? There's a twice-cooked pork with Chinese black beans that I think will go over really well. And stir-fried lily bulbs and celery. Cool--I've never heard of eating lily bulbs. If you were to plant it, then the lilly... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2010 at aja Chicago is now
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On Wednesday, June 16th, we launched our new summer menu--and we mixed things up! Small plates, medium plates, large plates, sushi, ceviche, carpaccio...all for sharing so be nice. Here's a peak at some of our new additions. Be sure to check out our facebook for weekly specials and updates. Cheers! 24 oz prime ribeye Chinese press duck Garlic and sugar snap peas with candied ginger Korean bbq hanger steak Panese pork ramen noodles (delish!) Soft shell crab with sesame noodles Reservations recommend, but we love walk-ins. 312-202-6050 660 N State Street, Chicago, IL Inside the dana hotel and spa Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2010 at aja Chicago is now
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Vertigo Sky Lounge and the Horseshoe Casino present Industry Casino in the Sky this Sunday. For people in the industry by people in the industry, enjoy mock gaming, prizes, and signature spring cocktails. Starting in June, enjoy Industry Casino in the Sky on the last Monday of every month. Visit the Vertigo Sky Lounge online. Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2010 at aja Chicago is now
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Take a look at our newest addition to our dinner menu; duroc pork chop. Cooked to medium and served with ginger pickled summer fruits and hoisin jus, this dish pairs great with a glass of our Benton Lane Pinot Noir. Click here to view our lunch and dinner menus. Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2010 at aja Chicago is now
aja has added some exciting new dishes to its menu to reflect seasonality of particular ingredients. See the dishes and descriptions below. mussels south indian coconut curry cilantro leaves fresh squeezed ime shrimp pepper and salt prawns crispy chiles and onions 5 spice glaze lo mein fresh egg noodles summer market vegetables ginger and scallion udon stir fried soft wheat noodles peekytoe crab toasted garlic and scallion shiro miso sauce fried rice stir fried jasmine rice bbq pork belly and roast pork spicy black beans asparagus garlic, ginger, chile smoked salt roasted sesame "as an american chef with a love... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2010 at aja Chicago is now
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Kobe refers to cuts of beef from the black tajima-ushi breed of Wagyu cattle, raised according to strict Japanese tradition. The meat is considered to be a delicacy, renowned for its flavor, tenderness, and fatty, well-marbled texture. Although the meat is Wagyu, the term Kobe Beef comes from the region in Japan where the cattle is raised, Kobe Japan The Wagyu cattle that produces Kobe Beef were introduced into Japan in the second century as work animals, used in rice cultivation. As beef consumption became more prominent in society, famers began hiring workers to massage the animals’ backsides to improve... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2010 at aja Chicago is now
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On Sunday, April 25th, aja will be hosting a bloody mary promotion with Absolut Vodka from 10:30am-1:30pm. With brunch, enjoy your first round of bloody marys on us, made with our own housemade tomato juice. Cheers! Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2010 at aja Chicago is now
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aja is participating in Real Simple's Restaurant Week from April 5th to the 10th and is offering a three course prix fixe menu for Lunch ($20.10) and Dinner ($40.10). To make reservations call 312.202-6050 or through our facebook. Lunch Begin Choice of 18 Vegetable Salad/Soy-rice wine vinaigrette Or Citrus Salmon Maki / Lemon Confit / Avocado / Masago Second Choice of Vietnamese Shrimp & Pork Meatball Sandwich / Seasonal pickles / Spicy Mustard Or Asian BBQ Pork Sandwich / Kimchi Coleslaw / Fresh Herbs Or Braised Asian Market Vegetables and Tofu / Tempura Onions / Tamarind Broth Third Choice of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2010 at aja Chicago is now
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Summer is almost here, and this means you're almost sure to see a mojito on a patio or beach in the near future. Be prepared with a mojito recipe that will impress your friends and leave you feeling refreshed. aja features a fun twist on the traditional mint and lime based mojito by adding fresh cranberries to the concoction; you'll find it on our 'snak-bar' menu. If you'd like to try a different varietal of berry in your mojito, just ask the bartender to make either a blackberry, strawberry, raspberry, and even a tangerine mojito. All of which are as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2010 at aja Chicago is now
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Mar 30, 2010
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Due to the popularity of our Restaurant Week and Chef's Week lunch menus, aja is now offering a seasonal three-course prix fixe lunch menu for $22 per person which includes an appetizer, entree, and dessert. Be sure to check back weekly as the menu will change due to the seasonality of our ingredients. March 29th - April 4th Begin Choice of 18 Vegetable Salad, soy-rice wine vinaigrette Or Citrus Salmon Maki, lemon confit , avocado, masago Second Choice of Vietnamese Shrimp & Pork Meatball Sandwich, seasonal pickles, spicy mustard Or Asian BBQ Pork Sandwich, kimchi coleslaw, fresh herbs Or Braised... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2010 at aja Chicago is now
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Two of our most popular raw dishes; first is the tuna ceviche made with yellowfin tuna, green chile, mint, asian pear, and a coconut-lime dressing. Second is our scallop carpaccio made with sliced sea scallop, barrel aged soy, red chile, and fresh ginger. Be sure to check out our snak-bar menu with choices that include our popular hamachi guacamole and shrimp tempura-unagi maki. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2010 at aja Chicago is now
aja is participating in Chicago's Chef's Week (similar to restaurant week) menu and is offering a prix fixe three course meal for lunch ($22) and dinner ($32). This menu combines some of Executive Chef Joshua Linton's best menu items along with new dishes that showcase his talent and ability to cook with seasonal ingredients. Begin Choice of 18 Vegetable Salad, soy-rice wine vinaigrette or Citrus Salmon Maki, lemon confit, avocado, masago or Sai Fun Noodle, shredded chicken, fresh ginger Second Choice of Slow Cooked Duroc Pork Sambal, cheddar-jalapeno cornbread or Sesame Carmel Chicken, wok tossed asian greens or Braised Asian... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2010 at aja Chicago is now
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aja utilizes greenmarket sensibility as a backbone to the cuisine, which is why seasonal fruits and vegetables play a very important role in the execution of particular dishes. Executive Chef Joshua Linton always incorporates the freshest, most delicious, all-encompassing ingredients and flavors he can find into existing dishes while creating new recipes as well. Here's a look at some exceptional seasonal ingredients aja just received. Cactus Pear, they grow wild throughout the American Southwest, down to South America, and up to Canada. Passion Fruit, native to Southern Brazil through Paraguay and Argentina. Kiwi Berry, grown on a vine and native... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2010 at aja Chicago is now
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Watch Executive Chef Joshua Linton as he prepares a market fresh "All-Green" salad on ABC Chicago. Click on the link below For the Dressing: 1oz Buttermilk ½ # Sour cream 1oz Mayo 1/8 tsp. Sriracha ¼ oz Scallion 5 sprigs Cilantro 2 Tbsp Parsley ¼ oz Chives ¼ tsp Garlic powder 4 tsp. Lime Juice 1 tsp. Lime Zest pinch Celery seed, toasted and ground to taste Salt 1/8 tsp Sugar Puree all ingredients in the blender until homogenous. For the Salad: 1c. Assorted Local greens and leaves (Baby Romaine, Watercress, arugula, lolla rossa, purslane, etc) 1 Tbsp Scallion, Sliced... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2010 at aja Chicago is now
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aja participated in the annual Jack Daniel's Chili Cook-Off at Sidetrack this Saturday in conjunction with the Chicago gay and lesbian chamber of commerce. aja was beat out by F. O'Mahoney's, placing us second out of 16 restaurants. Chef Joshua Linton composed his chile of beef and pork with cumin seed, many varieties of mexican dried chilies and epazota. Take a look at the pictures. Chili & toppings which include queso fresco, chives, fresh lime, toasted corn, and red onion. Sidetrack Main floor at Sidetrack Housemade jalapeno corn bread Chef Joshua Linton at the aja table. To learn more about... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2010 at aja Chicago is now
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Executive Chef Joshua Linton is making brunch for dot429's inaugural Chicago networking event next Sunday, March 14 at Luminaire. Join us! Who? Every professional in Chicago. What? Brunch and Bellinis to network with local professionals Where? Luminaire at 310 West Superior here in Chicago When? Sunday, March 14th from 11am-2pm How? RSVP to events@dot429.com Don't know where Luminaire is? Click here Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2010 at aja Chicago is now
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As someone who interacts with guests on a regular basis, I find that many of them have trouble using or are incorrectly holding their chopsticks. To make your life easier, and your stomach fuller, I'm here to show you how to correctly hold and maneuver those seemingly difficult sticks. know someone else who isn't holding their chopsticks correctly? download the file or send them the link. View this photo Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2010 at aja Chicago is now
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Feb 24, 2010
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Article from Travel Squire via StumbleUpon By Joshua Linton, Executive Chef of Aja Restaurant of the Dana Hotel in Chicago I was 16 years old. I was completely infatuated with the concept of becoming a chef and devoting my life to good eating. The year I spent living in Helsinki, Finland provided an amazing backdrop to taste, eat, and explore my developing palate in ways I would have never imagined possible. Due to the cold climate and shortened growing season, the emphasis and value of fresh, local ingredients is ingrained in the Scandinavian way of life, and in many ways... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2010 at aja Chicago is now
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Article from Travel Squire aja- Chicago, Illinois Chef Joshua Linton use Aja as a platform for showcasing his passion for Asian eclectic flavors. His exciting dishes are modern and approachable utilizing seasonal, market fresh ingredients and bold flavors...from new twists on sushi to unique “mains”. All dishes are meant to be shared, so everyone can dig into a wonderful array of tastes. The menu is divided into “Begin”; “Noodles and Rice”, “Main”, “Sides” and “Sweet Sticky Things”. The “Snak-Bar” is all about new takes on sushi and “Drink Sake” provides tableside selection of eight carefully selected by-the-glass sake. A small... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2010 at aja Chicago is now
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We just added the 'tweet this' option at the bottom of each blog post. Like the article you just read? Share it with your followers on twitter by posting the content on this blog to your twitter account. Since we're on topic, why not follow aja, too. Find us at @ajachicago. Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2010 at aja Chicago is now
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Watch Sean as she makes our popular lychee martini, made with .5oz lychee juice, .5oz simple syrup, and 2.0oz of grey goose vodka. lychees are a tropical fruit that contain a nut. grown in countries like china, vietnam, and madagascar, lychees taste a bit like a fusion between a grape and a pear. be nice. share. Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2010 at aja Chicago is now
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From Metromix White Hot Orange Blossom, $12 A classic Irish coffee or hot toddy is hard to beat, but we've fallen hard for this toasty drink at both downstairs aja and rooftop lounge Vertigo inside the Dana Hotel. Rich and creamy hot white chocolate gets a kick from Grand Marnier, amaretto and fresh orange slices. It's served steaming hot in a huge jet-black mug, perfect for wrapping your palms around on a frosty night. check out our other specialty cocktails: cranberry lime mojito made with shiso leaves and muddled cranberries acai mai-tai with veev acai liqueur and fresh acai juice... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2010 at aja Chicago is now