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(Closed) AJInoMORI



AJInoMORI is a casual izakaya hangout set in the cosy Holland Village enclave. AJInoMORI, taking its name from the combination of the Japanese words味の森, means a ‘forest – ful’ of flavours. It typifies the AJInoMORI izakaya style where a wide selection of modern Japanese dishes can be shared by everyone over drinks.


Izakaya is a compound word of ‘I’ (to sit) and ‘sakaya’ (sake shop), showing that izakaya originated from sake shops that allowed customers to sit at their premises to drink. Designed to be shared, these small plate dishes are made with the freshest ingredients and innovatively prepared by our experienced chefs. They can be paired with sake, shochu, beer, wines or spirits to satisfy all palattes. Set in a rustic ambience, AJInoMORI will serve freshly prepared morsels of delightful Japanese dishes and together with our warm service staff, create a cosy and relaxing dining experience for all to enjoy.


So come on over to AJInoMORI to enjoy the izakaya experience.


Getting there

by public bus:

48, 61, 106, 970, NR8

5N, 7, 75, 77, 95, 165


by MRT:

20 mins walk from Buona Vista MRT Station

Daily: 11:30 - 14:30

Daily: 18:00 - 23:00

+65 64686813
$34 based on 24 submissions
Dinner (8 votes), After Work (5 votes), Chillout (4 votes)

New izakaya in Holland V

When I saw the discount coupon for this new place (izakaya) on two weeks ago, I prepared for lunch at Lorong Liput with a few clicks on the mouse.

Read Aji no Mori, this izakaya can accommodate 60 diners. Set in a warm and cosy ambience, one may choose to sit at a regular table in private cubicles, or bare his/her soles on the wooden platform (like the Japanese) for a more authentic feel.

We started with their Healthy Salmon Veggie Roll ($10), makis which had got a healthy twist of alfalfa sprouts instead of rice. While my companion thought the taste was too 'green' for her, I liked the crunch from the grass.

The Gyu Karubi (Beef short rib, $12) we had was as succulent and tender as the best steak I had in recent memory. Grilled to a tantalizing pink on the inside, the mere sight of it was enough to send any beef-loving human go weak in the knees.

Flavoursome juices rushed forth the moment I sank my teeth into the melt-in-month protein, the taste was OMG.

Foie gras toufu steak ($18) was another highlight of the meal. The rich flavours of the goose liver filled the tofu steak and was an absolute must-try for any foie-gras fan.

Service was brisk and attentive, and the waitstaff served us with a smile throughout the afternoon, making an already pleasant dining experience even more memorable. We even fixed a date to return before we left.

For more photos, feel free to drop by Amasou Umasou.

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Based on 24 votes
16 Jul 2014 • 316 reviews • 86 followers

A quiet corner for Jap cuisine

I was wandering around when I discovered this place.  It was a quiet early evening time.  I ordered the usual cha soba and tempura and dessert.

The overall food taste was standard as other Jap places.  The only differ was the environment was really peaceful to enjoy. 
17 Jul 2013 • 3 reviews • 0 follower

Good Services as well as Food

I like chinese food with Absolut Vodka Blue. Actually I and one of my best friend like chinese food very much. And we preferred this. We went on week end. We are completely satisfied with their food and services. I enjoyed everytime with my friends.
24 May 2013 • 3 reviews • 0 follower


Sushi sashimi and maki were good but avoid the yakimono; tasteless and tough. Not so good value for money, but service was attentive. :)
31 Mar 2013 • 11 reviews • 0 follower

A cosy, chilled out place with sumptious food!

Ajinomori has that perfect combination of good, innovative dishes and a chilled out, cosy ambience which I found to be a GREAT place to chill out with friends or just a quiet date night dinner hangout. For mains, I had the unagi with mustard sauce, which turned out to be a rich, creamy dish that goes great with rice. Also had the smoked salmon sushi with mentai sauce. They were really generous with the mentai sauce topping, which my dinner companion found to be too strong/salty. But the problem was easily fixed by simply brushing some sauce aside since wasn't mixed in to the sushi. For desesert, we had the matcha (green tea) ice cream, which was pretty good too - just the right amount of sweetness and a slight bitter taste that is a trademark of all true matcha ice creams. Really enjoyed the jazzy, loungy music that created a great ambience. Was sorry to leave after we were done with dinner! The outdoor seating also looks great for drinks. We'll be back for sure!
28 Nov 2012 • 241 reviews • 8 followers

A Forest of Tastes

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This place actually offers much more interesting looking dishes such as omelette in pink gravy of Mentaiko and grilled unagi in light grey-colored mustard sauce. Looks weird on the menu but they certainly stirred my curiosity. Desserts are recommended if you still have space. 

Sashimi Moriawase (5 kinds)
These were very fresh and should satisfy any sashimi lovers. But if you have a bigger appetite, go for the 7 kinds.
Kaki Fry (Fried oysters)
For those who might be looking for raw oysters, unfortunately this is the only oyster dish. Paired with mustard sauce, they certainly go well with another mug of beer.
Ebi and Avocado Roll:
An average decent plate of sushi that is non spicy and suitable for kids who cannot take sashimi or spicy sauce.
Pork and Kimchi Nabe
This left a deep impression because the thick kimchi stock here is actually more intense and flavorful than some Korean restaurants. The rich claypot of onions, cabbage, mushrooms and thinly sliced shabu shabu pork gives the soup a natural sweetness. Oh, and don't forget to break and mix the egg yolk before you dig in!