Origin is an international tapas style restaurant, in other words you can order dishes from Asian to Spanish style in small little appetizer sized plates. It is located near St Lawrence Market at 107 King St. East, Toronto.
Origin is not a large restaurant and is filled up very quickly so don’t forget to book early!
I always love to much on something while we wait for the waiter to take our order and then serve us our meal.
Origin didn’t have a hugely wide cocktail menu, but I was really delighted they served Delirium! Mmm.
I wasn’t sure exactly what to order, so I left it up to the bartender.
And he served me a lovely citrus-y summer drink which I really enjoyed. Mmm :)
Origin has 5 sections of their menu: Snacks & Sides, Raw Bar, Mozzarella Bar, Chilled, Hot
Spicy Spanish fries + Chorizo + Manchego $9
It was served fresh & hot which was really nice, but it was a little bit too salty. I enjoyed that there were some crispy sections and some soggy (soft) sections. Mmm. Cooked just the way I like it! I especially enjoyed the tangy mayonnaise.
Bufala Mozzarella + Pear + Rosemary Oil + Pinenuts + Honey $16
The mozzarella was so soft and fresh and the pear, pinenuts and honey was an interestingly sweet combination. I absolutely loved it on top of the bread, it was so crispy!
Hamachi Ceviche + Chilli + Mustard + Sweet Potato + Corn Nuts + Yucca $19
Beef Sizzling Hot Plate + Mushrooms + Onions + Truffle Butter + Ponzu Sauce $27
I just love sizzling hot plates! It was served with potatoes and it had a gingery taste. The beef was cooked medium-rare, as requested but it was a lot chewier than I would have liked. I enjoyed the smoky taste and the juicy mushrooms.
Chinois Duck Wrap + Pickled Cucumber + Hoisin + Sriracha + Sour Cream $15
Frozen Raspberries + Dulce De Leche + Lemon Sponge + Sea Salt
It was served with a cold topping of frozen raspberries which had a hard and crispy texture. The sweetness of the raspberries balanced out the creamy and warmness of the milk caramel centre and the textred lemon tangy sponge which was found right at the bottom of the cup. It was a delight to consume! Mmm.
Origin had fantastic atmosphere, with an open kitchen which is a delight to watch if you’ve got front row seats to the action!
Origin may be on the pricy range, but it was definitely an experience. The service and atmosphere was fantastic but I probably would have enjoyed it better if we had’ve gotten an actual table instead of had to sit at the bar to eat. Overall, I would recommend it to others because of all the unique types of dishes that were available but I probably wouldn’t come back very often.