It’s been four months since my husband and I arrived in Welly and we still haven’t found what we could call our favorite Japanese restaurant. It’s difficult to choose with so many options available! We decided to stick to the places closest to home for now, especially since there’s one place in particular that has caught our eye. Every evening, a place called Origami has their laser logo light dancing on the pedestrian area along Cuba Street. It never fails to catch our attention, so we decided to pop in for a visit one Sunday night.
Origami’s interiors were more posh than the other places we’ve been to, but not at all intimidating. We were promptly seated and handed a menu that we could look at. Their menu has a beautiful, clean layout with some of their sushi items shown in a nice flatlay. It really made everything look enticing! We wanted to order so many items, but S and I decided to just get a few that we could share. Service was quick and before we knew it, our food was being served to us by their friendly staff member. It’s great that we didn’t have to wait long before we could dig in.
S chose 3 different sushi types for us: inari sushi, scallops nigiri and salmon nigiri. All three were good, with both the scallops and salmon being fresh. We did notice that the sushi rice wasn’t as sticky as we expected, though. It didn’t hold together nicely and one nigiri had fallen apart before we could eat it. We thought their sushi would have been close to perfect if it wasn’t for that.
Their katsudon and tofu steak were both served with yummy miso soup. I liked the fact that the tofu pieces were nicely fried, with the middle still soft. The broccoli florets also retained that nice crunch to them, and were thankfully not a soggy mess.
S did mention that like the ones from the sushi, the rice he had in his katsudon wasn’t sticky enough either. He found using chopsticks a bit of a challenge for him at that time. The fried pork cutlet, on the other hand, was something he enjoyed throughout the meal.
To end our meal, S and I tried a serving of the umeshu, or plum wine. This photo makes the glass of plum wine humongous, but it’s really quite small. The glass was filled halfway with, hands down, one of the most delicious amber-colored liquids we’ve ever tried. The umeshu was served on the rocks and was incredibly sweet and cold. I’m not a big fan of alcohol, but I thought it was fantastic! I liked it so much that I wanted to order another. Disclaimer: I didn’t. Having a glass was a great way to end a good meal though!
Although the serving sizes weren’t as big as those from other Asian restaurants, we still felt full and satisfied afterwards. S and I think Origami may be one of the better Japanese restaurants we’ve visited so far. We will surely be back, but we’re not abandoning our search for the elusive favorite just yet. 🙂