Sunday, February 08, 2015

ORIGIN in Toronto is terrifically original, esp for brunch (2-8-15)

I met a client at ORIGIN ( for brunch today and the menu was equally split between lots of French toast dishes and savory ones.

We both wanted a hefty meal in the snowsqualls and chose the Short Rib Hash with Chimmichurri, jus, fried egg, white and sweet potatoes and yummy buttermilk fried onion rings. My guest chose the Fried Rice with Pork Belly, Deep fried crispy eggs, ginger, soy and chilies. The eggs were deep fried and amazingly crunchy outside and like poached inside...awesome.

The Duck Duck Goose drink of which I had two was a revelation with duck-infused Vodka, clamato juice, hoisin, fresh micro coriander, sesame brittle in the form of a powder on the rim and pickles. More novelty.

Even the tables are glass topped over a wild silver metal weave. The place is simple and fun a perfect for brunch.

A final glass of dessert wine from Cave Spring, but this was the much better 2010 Indian summer late harvest Riesling..and I'm hopefully headed home.