Restaurant Ají. East meets South

Mario Ridder and Pelle Swinkels are the initiators of this particular restaurant. For Mario Ridder is this his fourth restaurant in Rotterdam. In addition to star restaurant Yulia (Coolsingel) CEO Boss of the flesh (Katendrecht) and CEO Boss of the lunch (Karel Doormanstraat). Together with his former sous-chef Pell Swinkels he devised this new concept. He finds it a challenge to a young chef on the way to help with his experience, not only helpful by culinair but especially as a entrepreneur.

Pelle Swinkels, (Oker in the Hague and Yulia in Rotterdam). During his travels through South America and Asia, he has gained a lot of inspiration and his love of this fusion kitchen was born. His head is full of ideas for new dishes and he is having a lot of fun behind the stove to any dish with something “sweet, sour, spicy and salty”. The Interior of Ají feels radiates warm and welcome. The combination of Oriental and South American influences are in addition to the dishes also clearly visible in the Interior.

On the menu


Sea bass, ceviche, sweet potato, coriander, corn

Smoked eel, avocado, granny smith, seaweed.

Fried oysters, lime, onion, beurre noisette.

Fried Langoustines, Livar streaky, peanut, mango, shiitake.


Iberian pork loin, black pudding, pomegranate, celeriac

AUS Black Angus rib-eye 300gr, chimichurri, Madras patato

Veal sweetbreads, veal rendang, atjar


Restaurant Ají
Pannekoekstraat 40A. 3011 LH Rotterdam




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