Serves meat, vegan options available. Japanese restaurant with a separate vegan menu. Offers vegan meats, a wide range of sushi, donburi bowls, dumplings and more. Open Mon-Sun 12:00pm-2:30pm, 5:00pm-9:00pm.

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16 Reviews

First Review by esmegm


Points +126

22 Sep 2023

Awesome vegan selection

We visited The Jitsu for dinner and left very satisfied. Their dedicated vegan menu has a wide range of Japanese favourites.

For starters, we enjoyed some dumplings and spring rolls.

For mains, I enjoyed the tofu furai curry whilst my partner enjoyed the grilled vegan meat bento. Both dishes had great Japanese flavours!

One thing to keep in mind, is that the serving sizes are on the bigger side. We probably wouldn’t have ordered starters if we knew how big the mains would be.

Updated from previous review on 2023-09-22

Pros: Dedicated vegan menu, Big servings, Reasonable priced



Points +73

06 Jun 2023

Fave restaurant in Dunedin

This place is my go-to for yummy vegan food. The separate menu has so much to choose from, but I almost always order the same thing (it's just too good!). Everything is also very well priced for what you get.

Pros: Separate vegan menu, Delicious food , Well priced


Points +239

06 Apr 2023

Delicious and affordable

This place has a full menu of vegan options.

They make tasty, fresh food that's very fairly priced. Among my favourite restaurants anywhere.

The tofu furai salad is sensational.

Pros: Vegan menu, Good prices, Tasty

Cons: Sometimes forget to offer vegan menu at the door


Points +898

24 Jan 2023


The dumplings are great, food is affordable, huge portions, and staff go above and beyond.

The waitress told us, without us asking, that the dumplings were 100% vegan since some people find the texture very similar to meat! How kind!

The curries actually tasted like in Japan, and the miso soup was yummy.

We’ll absolutely be going back here again, want to try everything! Highly recommend the bento box with the “grilled” vegan meat, 10/10!

Pros: Affordable, Staff knowledgeable , Separate vegan menu


Points +283

15 Jan 2023

So many options

The vegan menu is amazing!! I love the teriyaki tofu bento box. Really affordable too


Points +2613

27 Mar 2022

Full vege menu

Lots of vegan options here. We tried the vegan bento with teriyaki tofu and the katsu vegan curry (using Sunfed ‘chicken’) - both we’re very tasty and well priced. Only downside was that we weren’t shown a drinks menu or asked if we wanted any drinks.

UPDATE (March 2022): still a separate vegan menu and tasty food, but they’re still not giving drinks menus without prompting…

Updated from previous review on 2020-02-15

Pros: Separate vegan menu, Lots of vegan options , Tasty food

Cons: No drinks menu/not offered drinks


Points +1100

06 May 2021

Great menu

The vegan menu is awesome - so much to choose from! I had a katsu curry which was delicious, the sunfed chicken was amazing with it.


Points +112

28 Sep 2020

Very delicious

Lots of vegan options, All delicious, very affordable. Watch out, the miso isn’t vegan but they have a yummy alternative small soup

Pros: Vegan menu, Delicious, Good value for money

Cons: Inside is shabby, needs a reno


Points +582

31 Aug 2020

Japanese curry

So nice to find a place that does vegan Japanese curry. Tasty and super hot (I was a bit too excited burned my lip), the curry was perhaps a bit on the sweet side, but in my experience that’s typical in NZ. Also had the seaweed salad, which I rarely can pass up, and it was quite good as well, again, though perhaps a bit sweeter than my preference.

Pros: Japanese vegan options, Staff is knowledgeable about vegan, Reasonable prices

Cons: A tad on the sweet side


Points +236

01 Mar 2020

Great vegan Japanese food.

Such a great little gem if you like Japanese food. They even have a separate vegan menu. I had the vegan sushi platter and the vegetable tempura which were both amazing. Staff was friendly and attentive.

Pros: Lots of vegan dishes


Points +381

05 Feb 2020


Nice food with an extensive vegan menu

Pros: Lots of food options , Reasonable price , Decent portions

Cons: Could do with air-conditioning on hot evenings.


Points +44

07 Jan 2020

Amazing Japanese food!

I've always liked the Jitsu but I was a bit nervous going there for the first time after giving up meat - not to worry! They have an additional vegan menu with an incredible selection: tempura, curry, stirfries, and sushi, even teppanyaki. I went with the vegan meat spicy katsu bento, which was divine - it came with fried spring rolls, vegan sushi, crunchy pickles, rice, salad, and a vegetable miso soup, all of which were delicious. A really lovely meal, and I look forward to trying other things from the menu next time.

Pros: huge vegan menu, delicious food, friendly staff


Points +114

07 Dec 2019

Best selection of Japanese Vegan dishes in town

So amazing to sit down and be handed a full vegan menu, with loads of options for dinner, and well thought out vegan versions. Everything we got was super tasty!

Pros: Full Vegan Menu, Really tasty food, Helpful staff

Cons: Only open at 5 pm..


Points +386

29 Nov 2019


Incredible vegan food! They have an entire vegan menu with so much to choose from. Fresh sushi is amazing, dumplings too, the Katsu Curry is delicious and heaps of beautiful vegetables in the stir fry, vegan meat used is Sunfed chicken, so yum! Highly recommend! The staff were so helpful and lovely, wish we weren't just visiting!

Pros: Entire vegan menu , Great service , Delicious!


Points +356

26 Sep 2019

Vegan Katsu Bento!

This place is right in the octagon and opens later than other places with good vegan options. Having a seperate vegan menu was great. The vegan tonkatsu was amazing. Kind of a shame they didn't just do a vegan miso, instead of the vegetable soup.

Pros: Vegan katsu


Points +27

01 Sep 2019

Favourite restaurant!

This is hands down my favourite restaurant in Dunedin, even before I ate vegan. And now they have a fully separate vegan menu with my favourites on it! My go to is any one of the vegan curries and dumplings. So damn delicious. And quick service and pretty reasonably priced

Pros: Big Vegan menu, Delicious, Good service

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