30 N First St, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5540144.984516 -93.267650
Neighborhoods: Warehouse District, Central
Good Sushi but Bad Service – I give the Sushi 4 stars, but the service 1 star. I went to downtown Origami at happy hour time. The sushi was good, but the waiter was slow and didn't pay attention to our order and didn't separate the bill. The waiter needs to get train again.
Bad service: Questionable green tea – First food isn't that great just average.
We got seated at the sushi bar because tables were full. I ordered hot green tea and after 30 mins I asked my waiter if he had forgotten my green tea. He said "yes I forgot, I will go get it".
He came back with 4 things in his tray, he went to my right and give other customer the bill then he went to my left to gave another customer some thing and I apparently his last priority even though he forgot my tea. He never apologized neither.
I looked in my tea and saw some sort of foam floating on top and I assumed that he had spit in my tea. I didn't touch it.
Just totally bad experience and again food isn't that great.
Excellent Sushi – Although this may be extremely difficult -- maybe even impossible-- to believe, Origami is easily the best sushi I've had in this country. And I've eaten at a LOT of sushi places, both in and out of the US. I can't speak to what the experience at a table is like, but why sit at a table if you are going to a sushi restaurant anyway? Sit at the sushi bar. The sushi chef is phenomenal; his knife skills and personality together make for an enjoyable evening. But, more importantly, the sushi is fantastic. It's unbelievably fresh and is cut exactly right. The rice is incredible, with just the right amount of stickiness and taste to compliment any fish perfectly. I always get nigiri and my wife gets sashimi; both were terrific. And the rice at Origami was so good that my wife even ate several pieces of nigiri. Every piece of fish that we got (we tried just about every kind available) was perfect. The soft shell crab was the biggest one I've ever gotten, and it was delicious in the hand roll I got. Overall, Origami is absolutely worth a try. Even if you don't love it as much as we did, you'd have to be crazy not to at least like it!
Great Sushi! Great Atmosphere! – I went to Origami with a group of friends. When we go there it was pretty slow but it got busier around 8pm. The sushi was very fresh and there were a lot of options and specialty rolls. Service was a bit slow when we wanted to order a few more rolls. Green tea ice cream was excellent but maybe too small of a portion. Overall, cool atmosphere, cool neighborhood, I would definitley go back.
Great sake, decent food – Perhaps I set my standards a bit high because I've heard many wonderful things about Origami, but I would classify the sushi as average. Definitely tasty, but nothing to write home to Mom about. I much prefer Bagu in south Minneapolis.
I will give them props on the many interesting specialty choices. I had a tasty roll called NY, NY and the combination of green apple and shredded crab was quite delicious. My other choices were average...the raw Tuna, which is usually my fav, was not the nice melt-in-your mouth kind and it didn't taste particularly good.
There were a lot of unique sake choices that were quite good and our waiter was spot-on with his descriptions and recommendations.
Strictly OK... – The title easily describes what I feel about Origami. The problem is...sushi should not be strictly ok...it should be an experience, especially when its expensive. I really liked the decor of the establishment and the music choice playing in the background. Unfortunately the sushi was average, at best. The fish itself was not the freshest that I have ever had, and the rolls were a bit sloppy in creation. I guess the reason why I was so disappointed was because everyone spoke so highly of Origami's sushi. Regarding service...it was also average. Our server was very pleasant, but not very helpful and the service was quite slow.
Overall, I probably would not go back for sushi. There are at least 3 other sushi restaurants where I would go for sushi in its place.
Great sushi always, work on service – I've been an Origami veteran since I can remember and it is the one place I can go any day of the week & still find fresh fish. Staff is usually unorganized, but friendly. Sushi chefs are a bit stiff and slightly arrogant, so don't expect much friendly conversation with the exception of a few. This is typical Japanese, I would say, work first, talk later. This is probably why their sashimi is always top notch in MN. Much appreciation to the chefs and Ichi-san for sticking to quality. I think all they need is better staff training and a few more smiles from the chefs and there would be no more complaints. Love ya!
Favorite Sushi – Favorite sushi bar . Well worth the wait . Love the special treats from the sushi bar. Send the boys behind the bar some SAKE!!!
Sushi fit for a king – Whenever we go for sushi in the Twin Cities, this is always the place in which we end up dining. The fish always tastes fresh, and the rolls are great also. Speaking of the rolls, try the Never Ending Summer Roll if it's still on the specials menu. The fresh flavor of this roll (fresh herbs, tuna, avocado) is accentuated with a garlic citrus ponzu sauce. Ask if they have any sockeye salmon and order it sashimi style. The martinis are creative and tasty. Don't be afraid of the Ichitini (cucumber, sake, vodka); it has a very clean smooth flavor.
Contemptuous Service – What a shock! We've eaten at Origami many times before, but this time, the service was inexcusable. We called ahead to see what the hours were for happy hour. They told us that it goes to 6:30 (40 minutes left) and as we were already downtown, we said "great - we'll be right there".
When we arrived, we couldn't find the host for at least 5 minutes. Finally someone showed up, and he told us that the lounge was full, but would go check. We followed him upstairs, and he went to check, but disappeared. No sign for over 10 minutes. All the time, we stood staring at an open table.
Next we found the real hostess, who told us that the guy we talked to was "in training". She also said there were no seats upstairs (despite the open table) and that none would open until happy hour was over. She would be happy to seat us downstairs with the full menu. By this time, 20+ minutes have passed. We left.
Too bad - they will miss any business dinners I have coming up over the next year.
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