The other day some friends and I decided to try Origin, a restaurant famous for its tapas style dishes with Asian fusion.
As the rain was hanging in the air we decide to eat inside. The restaurant is so dark! Personally I feel that in summer time it is quite strange to be in such a dark spot. Their kitchen is open and located in the middle. I’ve eaten in so many restaurants that goes for this style and unfortunately quite often I walk out stinking like a frying pan. But at Origin their fans really worked so there were no food odors in the restaurants. Or on my clothes afterwards!
As traditional tapas style we ordered some dishes and split them. First out was the truffled popcorn. As I love popcorn, truffle oil and Parmesan I really enjoyed these! And the cute serving in a small pink movie style box!
And as we all love oysters we couldn’t resist to order some!
The waitress had said that the oysters were quite big so we got a little disappointed when they came in as they were, yes, small. I personally eat my oysters plain and that is what I love about oysters: The taste of the sea! Therefore having them served with chili and the dressing these didn’t really hit my favorite.
The restaurant offers a Mozzarella bar! Of course we had to have some! We picked the bruschettas served with pears with rosemary oil and topped with buffalo mozzarella with pinenuts and honey.
Unfortunately the chili in the oysters had ruined some of my taste buds so it wasn’t until the last bite that I could really savor this lovely combination. The pears with the rosemary oil had such a delicate taste so for another time this should be the first to go into my mouth.
From the hot menu we picked duck. And I think all of us agreed this was the absolute hit on the menu! It was like one of the great Peking ducks I have eaten in China.
The duck was crispy, served in a soft tortilla with cucumber, some fine shredded carrots, and the hoisin sauce and the sriracha glaze had the right balance between hot, tangy, salty and sweetness for a delicious combination.
We also tried their Spanish dish Chorizo with Manchego and chickpeas.
The grilled Chorizo were served on hummus and mixed salad with chickpeas and olives. It was quite tasty but as I love Manchego cheese I was a little disappointed that it was just some shaved cheese on top.
One of us tried their mushroom hand roll with apple, amaranth, shiso and miso mayo on the side. The presentation were lovely!
The restaurant is also famous for their creative drink menu. But for their dinner menu they need to work some on their wine list. As the dishes are so flavorful it is hard to find a wine where the flavors from the dishes don’t kill the wine totally. And the waitress didn’t come up with a good suggestion. Afterwards I think a beer had worked better than wine.
Overall I must say the food was tasty but somewhat over-priced for what one got. I could easily have eaten more. I though think this is a great place to go for drinks and a more snack-kind-of-dinner than in this case when I was starving.
Remember Life is too short to not eat and drink well!