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Origin in Somerville, NJ

Had dinner at Origin in Somerville on Friday night. I had never been, but my girlfriend had...we had a party of 6.

I had the Curry Chicken Puffs for appetizer and Wild Boar for Main course...Girlfriend had a duck salad and the seared Tuna.

Well, the food was AMAZING. I didn't care for her salad as I don't like cold duck, but my appetizer and main were both AMAZING. Perfect portions too. Everyone else had a great meal as well and I love that it is a BYOB.

The wait staff was not the greatest, took a while to check on us, and even after we got dessert menus it was quite a while before she came back to take our order. Didn't seem too friendly, and we also got the "plate auction" upon our food coming out...

the dessert (I had the chocolate soufflé) was not the greatest but I didn't really expect it to be.

Again, the food, was.....probably on a top 10 list of mine for best meals ever, I even tried my girlfriends rare tuna, and it was great, and I don't eat seafood(!) and the service wasn't all that "bad" but it wasn't great either. The check for three couples was 75$ a couple, roughly....and well worth it to me...

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  1. RPMcMurphy - I'm happy you enjoyed your dinner at Orgin. I had tried it for lunch last year and enjoyed it very much. I specifically recall a luscious sticky rice with mango for dessert. If it wasn't for the long distance I'd have been back to try it for dinner.

    1. Go there for lunch any Monday through Friday. Their lunch specials are of equal quality and dirt cheap. You don't eat seafood, I see, but be sure whoever goes with you for lunch tries the mussels. Surprisingly good.

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      1. re: mmgpsych

        i agree, i actually enjoyed lunch betetr than dinner...

      2. Origin is remarkable in every way. But it's like eating on a runway, jet noise everywhere. I haven't been there since '05, though, so maybe they've upgraded their heater. When I mentioned it to the owner, he said "noise means people are happy."

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        1. re: jolivore

          Jolivore:
          We stopped going for dinner as well. It's a lot less noisy at lunch. The problem is that the ceiling is made of tin tiles, and when it gets loud, you feel like you're trapped inside a metal garbage can with some miscreant banging on the lid. What is most offensive to the point of pain is their 'Happy Birthday' song; it comes over the loudspeakers loud enough to have us wishing that whoever's birthday it was hadn't been born at all! (Not really. But you get the point. :-))) Still, the food is very good, and not only in contrast to the culinary wasteland that's Jersey.

          1. re: mmgpsych

            If you like the food but not the noise, try the Morristown location. I don't remember it being noisy at all. Try to sit upstairs, though. Downstairs has a vaguely disinfectant smell that's off-putting.

            1. re: bropaul

              We've done that, and the downstairs is, as you say, off-putting. Still, it may have been our imaginations but the same dishes we ate at Morristown were a cut below those in Somerville. As my wife said (Trust me, I would *never* make the analogy!) Somerville Origin was the real Gucci bag and Morristown was the knock-off. YMMV.

            2. re: mmgpsych

              "culinary wasteland that is New Jersey" Blew me away! When we visit my mom, we bring down coolers to bring back real food to Maine. Ya Ya Ya, I know the land of lobster, but we can't afford it. Try Utah, chain restaurant heaven. What else is there to do in Jersey but eat? And why can't I find great pizza in Middlesex County?

          2. Ive been to the morristown location several times for lunch. the spring rolls and the mussels are flat out awesome.

            Im very interested in going to both locations for dinner. Thanks for the info.

            1. headed there again tonight.....got the woolies for the boar and curry puffs....

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                1. re: mmgpsych

                  it was great!!! great meal again! Picked up a bottle of wine from the wine store in the area, (as well as found a new piece of furniture for my office all in one)

                  meal was great. Embarrassed to say that I got the same thing as last time, but it was even more amazing than my craving was remembering!

                  service was "eh" but o well. Dessert, again, sucked, (banana purse thing?) it was just a banana rolled in a crepe.

                  1. re: RPMcMurphy

                    If the wine store you're talking about is the one I think it is ('Discover Wines' or something like that) they have a clever display that matches wines to specific dishes in local restaurants, and for the most part, they're pretty on target. We were planning to scoot down to Swagath in Edison for lunch today but you've rekindled our desire and persuaded us to do Origin instead. . . Thanks. And give our best to Nurse Ratched :-)))

                    1. re: mmgpsych

                      Hahahah most people just think thats my "real" name.

                      yep, same place they have a wine tasting today too!!which I'm going to (as I have to pick up my furniture next door! so if you see a guy carrying a black leather chaise chair, its me!)

                      We did get the bottle of Syrah they suggested for Origin and it was great.

                      Bring me home a bucked of them curry puff appetizers, they should be listed as desserts! They remind me so much of Singapore!