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Origami Restaurant

5 star rating
16 reviews

Cuisine: Japanese, Family, Asian, Sushi

23 Kent Terrace
Wellington Central
Wellington City
04-385 1354


  • Sun – Thu 11am – 9pm
  • Fri – Sat 11am – 9.30pm
  • Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa
  • Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
  • Alcohol: None
  • Seating for: 50
  • BYO/Corkage: No BYO
  • Good For Children: Yes
  • Takeaways: Yes
  • Delivers: No
  • Takes Reservations: Yes
  • Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Gluten-free
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Outdoor Seating: No
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Wi-Fi: None

Inspired by Japanese Cuisine, our variety of fusion food selection is guaranteed to provide a delightful dining experience within a relaxing and cozy atmosphere.

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16 Reviews for Origami Restaurant

2nd May 2014
3 star rating
Had the bento, mmmm okish, not really a Japanese style bento, more like a bento made by somebody non-Japanese, katsu a bit dry and the rice not quite sticky. Will I go back ? Not sure, many more psuedo Japanese restaurants to try in Wellington.

Visited February 2014

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Ken T.


30th November 2013
5 star rating
Nice place, great food and good value.
Large variety of healthy dishes, and doesn’t take too long.
Pleasantly surprised by the quality of the place, looked like some random wanna-be chain store.
If it says anything my Japanese parents love this place.

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24th November 2013
5 star rating
My new dine in place during lunch break. Very reasonable price and big portion. I’ve tried salmon set, salad, and several bento boxes, all amazing! I think I will definitely try sushi and noodle next time. Cool deco and sweet staff, does she have boyfriend? Lol

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23rd October 2013
1 star rating
We went Origami on a casual Friday dinner as a group of 5 of us. We went there based upon reviews on Menu-mania which at the end of the meal thought were probably fake.

The food there resembled nothing of authentic Japanese food. Most of the ingredients used weren’t authentic and the type of cooking can be described best as general Asian food, but definitely not authentic Japanese food.

3 of us ordered Bento boxes, of two consisted of pork cutlets which were dry and not fresh, and had teriyaki chicken that had very limited teriyaki sauce and was greasy. The rice used in their meals and sushi were long-grain and most definitely not sushi rice. The beef bento was described to be the better one among the bunch. One friend ordered a soup noodle dish, that came out with 2 minute noodles as the noodle, and she was thoroughly disappointed. Another friend ordered fried chicken noodles and it was probably the best of the lot, but resembled a lot of mee-goreng (Malaysian, not Japanese). All in all, we were all pretty disappointed with our meals.

On the upside, the service there was great, very attentive staff. The prices were moderate and the d├ęcor was modern, and the whole place feels clean and tidy. But the food was too disappointing for us to ever go back there again. Our recommendation left on the comment card for this place is to buy authentic Japanese ingredients and get a trained Japanese chef.

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Comment from Trai S. of Origami Restaurant 23/10/2013   
Hello Nini, Thank you for your feedback and I would like to make a few clarifications. Regarding our ingredients our rice is Japanese rice (short grain) supplied by a Japanese supplier. It is definitely not long grain. The same goes for our noodles -we…    More »



16th October 2013
4 star rating
Been here a few times. Good food and value for money. Service is good once seated, but the way the counter is set up makes it hard for waitrons to see the arrival of customers.

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22nd August 2013
5 star rating
This place is great value for money! Large portions for half the price you are expected to pay at other restaurants. I had the Okonomiyaki as the starter and it was certainly the highlight of the night. The japanese style pancake looked like it was alive.
The Decor is very modern and they have cute chairs!
Food was great, presentation excellent, service fast, I can’t wait to go back and try other meals!
Their iced green tea is a must try!

Visited April 2013

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13th July 2013
4 star rating
After going to Wabi Sabi in Palmerston North, I was grateful to find out this was their sister shop in Wellington.

The food was delicious, and great value for money. Had the Salmon Tartare and Tuna Salsa for entree, yummy! Found it strange that the Salmon Tartare came with corn chips though.

Mains were Tom Yum Ramen and Pork Katsu Currry, both had amazing flavours, like they were actually made in Japan.

Recommend this place to anyone who loves japanese food.

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18th June 2013
5 star rating
Quality food and value for money. Went last Thursday. Food was delicious, my friend and I ordered a few starters, they were really good, I had the Udon and she got the Donburi – generous sized portions. Definitely recommend, I’ve been craving to go back there. Will be going again tomorrow night. One of the only places I’ve ever recommended to people.

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2nd May 2013
5 star rating
The food is delicious! I have tried a variety of items off the menu, and they were all amazing. The service is excellent, the food is always made quickly and tastes fresh. They have a range of different options to suit all kinds of paletes, I would definately recommend it!

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18th April 2013
5 star rating
Really delicious! Great quality seafood, cool decor, reasonable prices. The menu is really varied, and the service was fast – meal was out in about 5 minutes.
Why is this place not constantly packed? I’ll be bringing my friends next time.

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8th August 2013
5 star rating
A great place for tasty and reasonable Japanese in Wellington. They have incredibly diverse menu. I went with some Japanese friends. We all had different Bento (set menu). They were all very tasty. It’s hard to get the amount of Japanese food with rice and miso soup for $16-18 per person in town. Their Tonkatsu (pork cutlet)is always nice and crispy! Yes, we will be back soon!

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3rd February 2013
5 star rating
I honestly cannot even begin to understand why this restaurant got such a bad review in the paper. When we entered, the staff were very kind and helpful, and got us seated quickly. The range of foods on the menu all looked so diverse and delicious that it was very hard to pick out a few favorites to eat. The staff brought us all the correct dishes and utensils in a short space of time, which was good because we were all hungry. The quality of the food was superb, and I felt as if I had been transported to Japan when I walked through the doors. The state of the restaurant was all very clean, new and stylish, which made for a great ambiance that perfectly matched the type of food served. Would definitely go there again.

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19th November 2012
5 star rating
Tuna tataki is very good. One of a few japanese resturants in Wellington that does a selection of Ramen noodles (if not, the only one)

Definitely recommend this restaurant. If this was in Lambton Quay end, I definitely would go everyday!

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4th November 2012
5 star rating
Visited early yesterday evening with partner, 3.5 year old and baby and loved it! 3.5yo was fascinated with the decor and staff were very relaxed about his exploration of the restaurant; ordered him a bento box and after only one piece of sushi he declared it the “best meal he’d ever had” and asked if we could return the next day! Partner had udon and I had the ginger beef, both generous portions and beautifully cooked. Really fast service and bloomin’ cheap prices for the quality of the food. Will definitely be returning and will be a regular on the takeaway list too.

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1st November 2012
5 star rating
I have been to Origami twice in the last 2 weeks, and both times it’s been delicious. It is my new favourite Japanese restaurant, and is a great location for me as well.
I have had the Avocado sushi each time, and each time they were made to perfection. Big pieces of perfectly-sliced avocado in the middle and top of the sushi, was definitely good value there at $10 for 6 large pieces. As my main each time I have had the Teriyaki Salmon and it has been wonderful both times; my fellow diners commented on how it was such a large piece of salmon for the price (only $15) and with the rice and veggies, it made a huge meal.
The entree of Salmon wraps are also great, they come with a nicely spicy sauce.
The other dishes all looked and apparently tasted delicious as well.
Definitely going back there!

Visited October 2012

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23rd October 2012
4 star rating
Fantastic! We went on the day it opened and from what I can tell so far, it is lovely. The staff was friendly and the atmosphere was really calming. It wasn’t busy either, but understandably we were there at 11:30am. I had the dumplings starter, and chicken and avocado sushi as my main. My partner had beef udon noodles. All three dishes were yummy and fresh. It took about 15 minutes from our order to delivery. I couldn’t find a drink menu at all but was satisfied with the water they brought to our table anyway so didn’t ask. I would prefer they took our order rather than having to order at the counter. Will definitely go back!

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