This review relates to the Liberty Village Origin location. There does not seem to be a separate locator for the different Origin locations. Skimming reviews and their menus on the web suggests that there may be significant quality differences by location.
This LV Origin seemed like an obvious place for my sisters and I to try after attending the Canada Blooms exhibition just across the tracks. The menu seemed fresh and very creative, certainly a step above the usual fare offered by outlets in the area. We entered with high spirits and great anticipation. Unfortunately it was an expensive, uneven experience. Most of the other reviews for this location showed the same initial excitement and the same letdown: wonderfully inventive but unremarkable taste, small portions, and way too expensive for what you get.
The décor is typical cavernous, industrial chic with an interesting U-shaped counter set up around the kitchen. Certainly not intimate and suitably noisy and busy.
It took a while to get our heads wrapped around the menu. It contains so many interesting sounding items and, knowing the portion sizes to be ‘small plates’, we couldn’t figure out what to share, what to have as an entrée and how to balance our selections. The wait service was very good at describing in rapturous terms the various plates and possible pairings.
We ordered the truffled popcorn to start, visions of white, fluffy, light popcorn dancing in our heads. Instead we got popcorn that seemed out of the bin bottom from Bulk Barn at days end. It was tasty but sawdust would taste good with black truffle oil and grated ‘parma’ cheese and it was way too salty.
One sister and I tried the Hot & sour chicken noodle soup + egg drop. Kind of a bland interpretation of hot and sour. Compared to some of the other possibilities on the menu this was a disappointing selection.
We also ordered crispy calamri to share: A) It wasn’t crispy. Nonetheless quite tasty and tender, much different from the usual crusted, deep fried presentation. B): The problem was that after we each sampled a small portion there wasn’t much left to enjoy.
One sister tried the Cucumber + avocado + nori + sweet potato with yuzu miso dressing. A beautiful looking thing and delicious. The other sister had the Creamy & spicy lobster + celery + tobiko tostada. Easily pleased she had this to say: Nicely spiced and lots of big lobster chunks. Pretty good portion sized, not entrée size, but plenty to share.
I ordered the Arctic char as an ‘entrée. We all thought that it tasted burnt even allowing for the black sauce used and sent it back.
We shared one desert, soft vanilla ice cream in a sugar cone along with various garnishes served in a bowl. Different, awkward to share, but enjoyable.
In short, this is not a value restaurant. The menu is wildly imaginative but food is uneven in quality and does not live up to its pretensions. Cocktails and wine are way over priced for the level of the place. Forget the popcorn, hot and sour soup and Arctic char. My advice, share a Subway sandwich before going to satisfy your hunger. Stick to beer and good luck with the menu. They may just get your plate right.
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