The current Freret Street story is about dramatic transformations, like the junk-filled former firehouse that became Cure and the derelict gas station made into Dat Dog. Even in such company, the appearance of Origami in the former location of Friar Tuck’s Bar has been hard for some to accept. Some customers may have hazy memories of the assorted high jinks and regrettable hookups that once occurred there before the space featured delicate sushi rolls.
Creative reuse is a New Orleans strong point, so now we visit Origami for beautifully composed plates of sashimi, a solid repertoire of cooked dishes and a menu of rolls that range from reliable standards to house specials that go from very good to mystifyingly bad.
The names of the best rolls are familiar from other local sushi bars, like the funky margarita — a crawfish roll layered with tuna, salmon and guacamole, a specialty at Kyoto; or the burning man — pepper-crusted tuna and avocado layered over a tuna roll, again akin to a roll of the same name at Little Tokyo. (Read more…)