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superawesomepossum Dec 17, 2011 09:38 PM

This may be old news but Claudio Aprile is opening up 2 more versions of Origin in Liberty Village and Bayview Village (where Sierra used to be)! :D BURGER PRIEST AND ORIGIN IN NORTH YORK 2012 is going to be a good year!

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    dubchild RE: superawesomepossum Dec 18, 2011 07:38 AM

    Every neighbourhood wants good restaurants to choose from. Origin will do well in those locations. My concern is that rapid expansion can come with risk. Colborne Lane seemed to suffer when Claudio was focusing on Origin and lately feedback has been that Origin suffered from the loss of Chef Gonzalez. I would much rather see more Origins than O&B Grills, or any chain or that matter. For me, it is a much more interesting concept, but what matters in a restaurant is not concept but execution. I hope his restaurants don't suffer through what must be a difficult expansion.

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      Charles Yu RE: dubchild Dec 20, 2011 07:27 PM

      Totally agree, dubchild! Claudio was at his best in Senses and early part of Colborne Lane. Really great, inventive and tasty tasting menu! Then things are no longer the same!! Sigh!!

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        dubchild RE: Charles Yu Dec 21, 2011 06:47 PM

        If I remember right the 14 course tasting menu was $100 at senses.

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          jlunar RE: dubchild Dec 21, 2011 07:05 PM

          If I look, I might even have a photo of the menu from my meal there when Aprile was still cooking there... So long ago!

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            Charles Yu RE: jlunar Dec 21, 2011 08:22 PM

            Hello dubchild and jlunar,
            Sorry to pre-empt you folks. But here are photos of the 14 course tasting menu I had at Senses when Aprile was still manning the kitchen in person! Those were the days!!
            Glad he wasn't experimenting with those colorful but awful tasting beets those days!

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              TorontoJo RE: Charles Yu Dec 22, 2011 04:20 AM

              Oh god, the BEET course! I've done the tasting menu twice at Colborne Lane, and the second time, I specifically asked for NO beet course. The first time, there was some horrid beet styrofoam thing. Ugh. Every other course was lovely, but that course was a huge fail.

              No. More. Beets.

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                Charles Yu RE: TorontoJo Dec 22, 2011 06:49 AM

                Great foodies think alike!!! Welcome to the club!!! LOL

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                  Cat123 RE: TorontoJo Dec 22, 2011 10:50 AM

                  Ha ha! Was just at Colborne Lane last week and the tasting menu had 3 courses involving beets - one of which was dessert. Way overkill! I love beets but that was way way too much.

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                    Charles Yu RE: Cat123 Dec 22, 2011 03:38 PM

                    This was the 'beet' dish I had at Colborne Lane. Looked colourful and artistic but really quite unappealing in taste!!
                    BTW, the friend I was with happened to be 'coloured blind'!!! Ha!

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                      hungryabbey RE: Charles Yu Dec 22, 2011 06:07 PM

                      ha, can someone tell me what was so bad about it? im so curious!

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                        Charles Yu RE: hungryabbey Dec 22, 2011 06:15 PM

                        The semi-hard texture of the beets tasted all the same and have a mild raw and 'rancid' smell and taste!

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                          TorontoJo RE: hungryabbey Dec 22, 2011 06:16 PM

                          Oh, where to start. My beet course had beet prepared 3 or 4 ways. One was a beet "sponge" in the shape of a dome. It had the texture of memory foam crossed with styrofoam. Then there was a "beet ribbon" that was sort of a beet fruit rollup. There were also some simple roasted beets, I think, though I can't recall. The best part was a goat cheese fritter. To be fair, I'm not a fan of beets. But I tried every component of the plate and can honestly say that none of the preparations were appealing from a textural perspective.

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                            hungryabbey RE: TorontoJo Dec 23, 2011 06:06 PM

                            wow thats too bad. I didnt know one could screw up beets so much.

        2. jlunar RE: superawesomepossum Dec 18, 2011 10:40 AM

          Huh, interesting! Thanks for the info.. we'll see how this goes...!

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            hski7 RE: jlunar Dec 20, 2011 06:05 PM

            I'm hoping it is successful but remain skeptical... The more good restos try to duplicate themselves the worst all locations seem to get, in my opinion.

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