Our brief was to create a dynamic restaurant and bar operation that showcased Nikkei cuisine and mixology theatre; to cater to the complete night out. The double fronted unit needed to feature an engaging dining area with feature ceviche counter and a more intimate cocktail lounge, all wrapped by a sea-facing terrace.

‘We are extremely satisfied with Keane brands – they take into consideration client requirements and adapt mood boards accordingly. They push boundaries of designs and don’t stick to comfort zone clichés.’

Mahesh Kalwani- client/owner

Aji is a modern day interpretation of days gone by, with an easy laid back charm; mixing a bold South American palette with a contemporary twist on the traditional Peruvian aesthetic.

By capturing the mixed DNA of the centuries old Nikkei tradition and blending quintessentially Japanese and unmistakably Peruvian elements, the interior offers a contemporary interpretation with a depth of distinction. A strategically placed cherry blossom tree adds Japanese sophistication while etched mirrors with Peruvian portraits suggest a story to tell.


Zoning the space in such a way that caters to every occasion; be it group dining, romantic dinners, private lounging and drinking there is an area to cater for all.

Featuring bold architectural details, such as the Aztec carved-concrete vaulted ceiling and double height mild steel and crittal glass screens there are features that anchor the very dynamic palette. Featuring a mixture of highly polished materials such as mirror, metallic leathers and polished marble floor insets with rustic timbers, etched concrete, Japanese graffiti, traditional inspired Peruvian tiles and antique-looking fabrics complete the look.

Aji opened in late 2016 and has gained a great reputation locally. It was shortlisted for best restaurant design in the UAE’s Index Architecture & Design Awards 2017 and has been shortlisted for Best Restaurant Middle East & Africa in this year’s international Bar & Restaurant Awards.



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