PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
THE HAMACHI JALAPEÑO CHILI is spicy but balanced by a house sauce. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
EXECUTIVE BARTENDER Balele Shoka adds a flavoring syrup made in house with all natural ingredients to the one of Aji's signature craft cocktails, the raspberry lime rickey. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
THE LOMI LOMI is salmon belly served with cucumber, soy and togarashi. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
THE KALBI TACO is part of Aji's Japanese street food menu with tender short rib and kimchee slaw. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
AJI'S OWNERS Russell Okubo, left, and Nick Didier met when Didier started his first restaurant gig as a server at Okubo's Elk Grove sushi restaurant. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
THE KYOTO NEW YEAR is Aji's omage to the classic cocktail — the French 75. It's made with Gates of London Gin and sake in place of the traditional champagne. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum

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