TJ Katsu

Monday10:00 am – 6:30 pm.

Tuesday10:00 am – 6:30 pm.

Wednesday10:00 am – 6:30 pm.

Thursday10:00 am – 6:30 pm.

Friday10:00 am – 6:30 pm.

Saturday10:00 am – 6:30 pm.

Sunday10:00 am – 6:30 pm.

88 Manners Street, Te Aro

04-471 2419

A pioneer of the Wellington sushi scene for almost a decade, TJ Katsu serves up everyone’s favourite Japanese cuisine fresh daily. Conveniently located at multiple sites around the CBD, all it takes to get fed is a short walk and an appetite.

Umami lovers can get their fix of over a dozen kinds of sushi ranging from vegan and vegetarian to meat and smoked salmon, as well as enjoy a variety of hot options like dumplings or vegetable rolls. The full menu covers all bases too, with popular dishes like Chicken Katsu rounding out the selection for those with big appetites.

Each branch features striking bespoke artwork along the walls, custom illustrations depicting TJ Katsu’s own chefs in energetic action poses. You can be sure that whatever you’re in the mood for, it’s always fresh at TJ Katsu as they are constantly topping up the cabinet and keeping customers well fed - up to twenty times each day. Take note of the miso soup too. It might be somewhat of a commodity these days but in this case it’s a little bit special. TJ Katsu boasts a vegan version of the salty hot drink, perfect for those with even the strictest dietary requirements.

One of the greatest things about the business is their dedication to our environment through sustainable initiatives. Moving quickly toward a completely zero-plastic business model, customers are encouraged to bring their own containers for a cheeky 5% discount and all packaging offered for takeaway diners is of the compostable paper-based variety. Owner TJ reckons they’re already setting a trend, with other shops in the capital taking notice and following suit. It’s good for business and the planet, something the team is very proud of.

With a total of six branches around the city you are never far away from a fresh food option. Whether you decide to take the time and enjoy your meal in comfort at the restaurant or take it away with you for a picnic at the waterfront, you’ll be doing your body and taste buds a favour without creating unnecessary plastic waste that harms our planet. It tastes good and feels good, it doesn’t get much better than that.

Other locations:

11 Courtenay Place

97 Courtenay Place

109 Willis Street

142 Featherston Street

Wellington Airport

Words by Zack Holmes & Photography by Anna Briggs

88 Manners Street, Te Aro

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