Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Urban Eats @ Origin Restaurant, Toronto

Burrato Cheese with Pesto, Romesca and Pesto ($16, left).Spicy Spanish Fries with Manchego & Chorizo ($9, right)
I had the amazing pleasure of meeting up fellow foodies & twitter friends, @FoodieYu @Blarkness @AimeeMabelle for dinner at Origin Restaurant in Toronto.  It's the perfect place for a small group as the menu is all about sharing plates and I LOVE variety when eating out.  
Wok-Fried Calamari ($16) was a clear favourite that night
Origin is Claudio Aprile's second restaurant, following the success of Colborne Lane - an experience in molecular gastronomy.  Origin is Colborne Lane's less expensive cousin, where you can show up for a casual drink with your girls, order a bunch of appetizers and head home.  Our group loves to eat, so we opted for about thirteen different plates and a night full of foodie talk and gossip.  Menu options range from $4-20 and this ain't your typical meat and potatoes kinda place.  Think of it as a gourmet spread of very substantial and creative appetizers.

Shrimp Ceviche with Lime & Coconut ($15)
The menu is broken down into categories like: Raw Bar, Snacks & Sides, Mozzarella Bar, Chilled and Hot.  We found the selection pretty mouth-watering and the prices really reasonable.  Origin is definitely a place I would return to again.  The dining room is modern and cozy with lots of exposed brick giving warmth to the space.  The accent colour are big splashes of pink with tons of modern light fixtures and furniture. The double-sided open kitchen centres the room, so you can watch all the action.  Here are some more pics that we snapped of our visit:
Chinois Duck Wrap with Pickled Cucumber and Hoisin ($14)
Paneer & Dried Fruit Samosas ($7)
Creamed Spinach with Walnuts & Raisins ($7)
Curried Shrimp & Naan Bread ($17)
Smoked Cod Croquettes & Saffron Aioli ($6)
Freeze Dried Berries on our Dessert
The Dining Room
Hip little home on King Street East, Toronto
If you're looking for a romantic date night or a girls dinner, definitely check out Origin.  They have a killer cocktail menu and sharing plates should please almost everyone.
Origin Restaurant, Toronto
107-109 King Street East.  Open for Lunch and Dinner.
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  1. Great post, Lisa! :) It was such a fun dinner where I finally got to meet everyone in real life. I thought Origin was average, some dishes definitely stood out while others were nothing special. Unlike yourself though I'm not sure if I will go back again :/

  2. This was a fun night. Thanks for arranging the tweet up dinner. The food was delicious and the company was great. I made some good friends because of this night.

  3. We should organize another foodie tweet-up soon! Where to next?