107 – 109 King Street East
Toronto, ON M5C 1G9
Tel: (416) 603-8009
Origin is my new favourite spot for brunch.
I visited the restaurant with some friends this weekend, and we all left with big happy smiles: the food is spectacular and the service is perfect.
Located in the historic downtown neighbourhood of St. Lawrence, this brick building from the early 19th century has been converted into a hip-looking restaurant.
The funky interior consists of a bar/lounge area and a dining room that seats up to 140 people. The Warhol Room seats 14; and the pièce de résistance, the gorgeous patio, seats about 60 people.
The patio has a great view of St. James Cathedral, one of the oldest churches in the city. It’s covered in greenery and is the perfect oasis for a meal for two, or, in our case, brunch for 8.
The food presentation is original; the menu is eclectic, and the ingredients are so very fresh.
I ordered the asparagus salad with arugula, manchego, marcona almonds, lemon and poppyseed dressing: very light and refreshing. My two poached eggs on the side were just the way I like them: soft and runny.
My friend Susan had the baked mac and cheese with chorizo sausage. A great new twist on a beloved classic.
Liezel had a glorious dish: Burrata with pesto, eggplant and roasted red peppers. I will definitely order this next time.
Shona ordered the French toast with duck confit, blueberries, hoisin, sesame seed brittle and sour cream. Very nice.
Becky had French toast with buffala mozzarella, poached pear and warm walnut brittle. Humma humma.
The restaurant offers a tapas-style menu for lunch and dinner, with about 40 different dishes.
Brunch for 8 (11 plates), including coffee and tea, plus tax (tip automatically included in parties of 8 or more): $245.17. Worth every penny.
Brunch at Origin is available on Saturdays and Sundays, 10 AM – 3 PM
LUNCH: Mon – Fri 12pm – 3pm
DINNER:Mon – Sun 5pm – close
Food: 9 out of 10
Service: 10 out of 10
Décor: 10 out of 10
Value: 10 out of 10
If you’ve had brunch or even dinner at Origin, please post a comment.