Most modern cuisine is a continuation of classic dishes, just as a computer is a slightly modified typewriter and a washing machine is a river in a box. Revel in palatable progress with today's Groupon: to aja in the Dana Hotel. Choose between the following options:
• For $30, you get $60 worth of Asian cuisine for dinner.
• For $15, you get $30 worth of Asian cuisine for brunch or lunch.
The skilled kitchen crew at aja borrows from culinary traditions spanning the Asian continent, plating classic dishes alongside modern interpretations. Evening diners can pick apart a dinner menu abounding with fresh sushi rolls, including the shrimp tempura and lump-crab-festooned power roll ($18) or sink their silverware into a tender Korean barbecue hanger steak, accompanied by sweet-potato fries ($22). Meanwhile, weekend brunch fare sates early-morning or extremely late-night appetites with an array of egg dishes ($8+) and sugary delights such as gingerbread french toast, topped with thick syrup and a beret ($11). The succulent barbecue pork bánh mì sandwich ($12) populates aja's lunch menu alongside Hunan, Szechwan, and Mandarin staples such as sesame chicken ($18).
Sip a specialty cocktail such as the exotic scorpion bowl ($22) amid two floors of sleek, minimalist interiors as nearby chefs carefully wrap fresh sushi and edible birthday gifts.
Entrees — all made with authentic Asian ingredients — cover Hunan, Szechuan, Mandarin, and Chinese cuisine.Rebecca Taras, PopSugar, 5/9/11
Standouts like tempura rock shrimp---gussied up with fiery sambal and sweet roasted pineapple---marry with classics like shrimp and pork shu mai.Gayot
Near North Side
660 N State St.
Chicago, Illinois 60654