We were fortunate to nab primo seats at the bar, as all the current diners had to hustle over from their tables to the palapa as well. We ended up sitting at the bar for our meal instead of at a table, as everything outside was wet for quite some time even after the rain stopped.
Victoria, who runs Aji with her husband Hugo, the chef, kept things running smoothly, setting up a huge table in the palapa for the guests currently eating, and getting them settled. She was simultaneously training new staff, taking orders, and making drinks. I can't imagine how difficult running a restaurant must be, especially on opening day, but she carried it all off with nary a sign of stress. Very impressive!
They offered a lovely three-course menu for just $25 BZD ($12.50 US) for opening day. They also had drink specials all day. I had been missing my daily glass of wine it is so expensive here on the island I haven't been able to justify buying a bottle when local beer and rum are so much more budget friendly, so I thoroughly enjoyed a couple of glasses of Chilean Sauvignon Blanc for just $10 BZD ($5 US) per glass. Barry had a couple of local rum and pineapple juices for just $3 BZD ($1.50 US). Can't beat those deals!
For our meal, we got to choose an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert off the special opening day menu. We both chose the seafood fritters for our appetizer, which were piping hot and absolutely delicious, with a spicy aioli dipping sauce. For entrees, Barry had vegetable pasta, and I had the grouper with steamed veggies and rice. Everything was delicious. We got one of each dessert, Caye Lime pie and Chocolate Flan cake, both scrumptious as well.
We enjoyed chatting with other folks at the bar as well as Dov and Laura Magy, who were just finishing up their desserts wen we arrived. Unfortunately, we forgot to take our camera, a serious oversight, so we have no food photos to share, but Barry ran back and nabbed a few photos of the restaurant later. I am sure we'll be visiting frequently in the coming months, since it is so close and so good!