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Aug 8, 2013 10:27 AM

Origin North - Anyone been?

Looking for feedback to determine whether a visit is warranted.

The menu is somewhat lackluster and odd to put it mildly.

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  1. Not a fan of the other two.

    1. It depends a lot on what sort of experience you're expecting.

      I've found the food to be more interesting than how odd or dull it sounds on the menu.

      Overall, I've enjoyed it the three times I've been but there are certain dishes that are definitely skippable.

      I think of it as sort of a high–end casual chain, sort of like Earl's or Joey only better.

      If you're curious, give it a try but keep your expectations tempered. The location will bring me back even though I wasn't blown away by the food. It was good enough compared to the other options in the area, most of which truly are dire.

      1. Food is typical Aprile, comprising of fusion approaches and using 'a bit' of molecular gastronomy here and there to compliment traditional cooking methods.
        Portion is on the small side and IMO, a bit pricey for the quality and quantity. Desserts are a reflection of Colborne Lane's heavy handed molecular approach with lots of dusts, crystals, lumps and foams! Very gimmicky!
        For first timer who had not experienced Apriles cooking at Senses or Colborne Lane, Origin could be fun. However, for the money, I would prefer spending it at say, Grove. Equally visual pleasing food but taste much better not to mention better value for money!

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        1. re: Charles Yu

          Charles is bang on! I was there last week with 3 friends. Terrible wine list to start. We all split some dishes. The scallops were pan seared and just ok. The duck wraps were interesting but nothing to write home about. If I had to narrow it down to 2 winners, and I'm being kind, they would be the burger and the Spanish fries. Other than that, no big deal. Unless someone else is buying, I'm not going back.

          1. re: Charles Yu

            Thank you all for your replies.

            The main attraction was the location as noted above, given the culinary wasteland that is that area....

            I think we will skip it and go to Dumpling King instead, completely different 'gastrosphere' and enjoy some dumplings (and a tasty tofu salad too!).

            Tough to stray too far when you have a sleeping 5 month old with the MIL babysitting at home ;)

            1. re: Sadistick

              Or, you can always get some decent sushi/sashimi from Taro Fish and eat at home!! The money you save on the babysitter, you can have a whole pack of fresh Uni!! Ha!!

              1. re: Charles Yu

                I had thought of that, but as I recover from a nasty bout of gastroenteritis, I don't think raw fishies swimming around in my belly is the best

          2. I've only sampled a bit of the food and it was good but I agree the value isn't there. $17 for a burger the size of your fist and it doesn't come with anything! However I found the mango tapioca dessert amazing and a must try.

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            1. re: sbug206

              I've heard references to the burger not coming with anything, but I think they must be responding to the complaints, because when I went a few weeks ago it came with the choice of a salad or fries. The burger itself was also fairly substantial (I'd guess 8 ounces) so they might have made it bigger, too. Still 17 bucks. And it was well above average, so I'd say it's $17 well spent.

            2. The food is pretty good, while the menu is odd, they have some interesting choices. Quality of the food is on par with the other location, however the service is still not up to par. They still have to train their staff better!!

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              1. re: WFToronto

                Friends in the industry say they are constantly hiring for all positions. So you probably got new people.