I can honestly say that this is the best Indian "fine food" I have ever enjoyed. Yes, I've had the typical home-made delicious cooking, served at homey restaurants and cafes; I've had the authentic fare prepared by our Indian friends. But I have not previously enjoyed the REFINED Indian cuisine, like Origin India presents.
For our dinner, we started off with an order of vegetable samosas and tandoori black tiger shrimp. The former was presented almost like a Stonehenge arrangement (!) of 3 samosas; the dough was slightly crispy, yet moist; the filling was smooth and flavorful - not dry; and the flavor was further enhanced by the delicious tamarind and mint sauces. The tiger shrimp, 3 per serving, were absolutely heavenly -- cooked to perfection, with that perfect texture when you bite into it, which tells you it was not overcooked even for a second. We also devoured the keema naan: it is practically impossible to find the fresh, made-to-order version, with raw minced meat stuffed into freshly prepared naan dough, and baked together. We've given up hopes of ever tasting this simple, yet tantalizing bread offering: and Origin India's version was sublime...
For the main course, I selected oven baked baby eggplant with lemon rice; my husband ordered Rogan Josh - New Zealand lamb shank with saffron rice. Simply put - both dishes absolutely superseded our expectations in presentation, taste, seasonings and satisfaction. My eggplant dish came with a rich sauce, perfectly seasoned and with the right spice notes; the vegetable was cooked just right: soft but not mushy, preserving the form and texture. Rogan josh, rich and complex in flavors, essences and aromas, was prepared in a modern western style of leaving the meat on the bone: so this is not "your mama's kitchen", but if you open your mind, and let your senses enjoy the experience, you will, no doubt, have only praise for the chef.
To end this heavenly meal, we shared the gulab jamun - and, again, were amazed at the flavors, softness and richness of this "too-common" dessert: it is definitely "home-made" at the restaurant, and I would wager done so on daily basis, as the balls are soft & supple, and infused with the scent and sweetness of the syrup. This is not a texture & flavor that would be preserved if these were pre-made and pulled out of a fridge.
Bottom line - be good to yourself: make the time to experience this fantastic restaurant. I will certainly make a point to return before I leave town, because I know for certain I am yet to find anything this incredible, creative and enjoyable in the fine Indian cuisine back home.