Origami is one of the newer Japanese restaurants in Wellington. Unfortunately is it not run by Japanese but by Chinese like a few other Japanese restaurants in Wellington. However they have manage to pull it off in terms of having an extensive menu to cater for all tastes.
Origami’s menu has an extensive menu ranging from nigiri sushi, noodle soup, dry noodles, sushi, sashimi, bento boxes etc etc.. They are perhaps the only Japanese restaurant that offers ramen noodle soups. Other Japanese restaurants in Wellington tend to offer the normal udon noodle soups.
Tempura Prawns – Prawns were sweet and large, covered in a thin light airy batter. Perfectly cooked and not oily at all, accompanied with some dipping sauce.
Grilled Salmon Nigiri – The salmon was perfectly cooked and full of flavour.
Yakitori Sticks consisting of chicken, vegetables and BBQ sauce. The chicken was well cooked, however the vegetables which consisted of onions and red peppers were interesting. I would have expected spring onions to be used instead.
Scallop Nigiri – Just perfect. Scallop itself melted in your mouth and was nice and sticky
Tempura Udon – We ordered the Tempura udon, but asked whether we could swap the udon with ramen noodles. The staff were more than happy to alter the dish for us. The tempura was perfectly cooked with a thin, light airy batter. The soup was hot enough that it does not burn your mouth when you first dig in.
Bento Box set F consisting of fried pork cutlet, grilled eel, salad, sashimi, rice and miso soup provided a good mix of items if you want to try a number of things from the menu.
Tuna with Salsa – not only is the dish aesthetically pleasing to the eye, it is also full of flavour and generous portion of tuna.
Miso Ramen – broth was full of flavour and at the right temperature. two halved eggs were perfectly cooked where the yolk it was softly hard boiled. I am not normally a fan of boiled eggs in my ramen soup but I was more than happy to gobble both halves down. Generous serving of pork which was also quite lean. The only downside was the noodles were ever so slightly over cooked for my liking. Would have preferred it to be al dente.
Pork Katsu Curry – generous portion of pork. It was well crumbed, tender, flavoursome and was not oily. The curry itself was not what I was expecting. It was too runny for my liking, I would have preferred it to be slightly waxy as per normal Japanese curry.
Green tea ice cream with red bean paste. Green tea ice cream was nice and creamy and definitely had a good taste of green tea. The red bean paste is as expected, nice and chunky – though I had to ask the waitress whether it was Chinese or Japanese red bean paste, as Chinese red bean paste is more refined that the chunkier Japanese version
I am glad Origami has survived at least a year in Wellington and I hope they continue to stay. Service is fast and efficient, food is full of flavour and aesthetically pleasing.
Location: 23 Kent Terrace, Wellington