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Located at the corner of King and Church, my friend and I came to Origin on a sunny Saturday for brunch. Since they have a nice patio, we decided to take advantage of the nice weather and sat outside.

Smoked Chicken Salad Sandwich – “crème fraiche + scallion + asian pear + dill + house mustard”

After reading the menu, it took us a while to decide what to order. They also have a different egg special each day. The server informed us that today’s was a Pancetta Potato Rosti topped with two poached eggs for $12. It didn’t really appeal to me so I ordered the Smoked Chicken Salad Sandwich – “crème fraiche + scallion + asian pear + dill + house mustard”($13). The menu actually called this dish the “smoked chicken salad”, and the server clarified with me that this was actually a sandwich. The serving wasn’t that big and was served on a small brioche bun. They put a huge dollop of crème fraiche on the chicken salad, but it was way too much for me, so I took about ¾ of it out of my sandwich. Other than that, this sandwich was amazing! There were large chunks of chicken and the combination the asian pear, dill and mustard was delicious. One of the best chicken salad sandwiches I’ve ever had. Yum!

Spicy Spanish Fries – “chorizo + manchego”

If you order the chicken salad sandwich you have the option of adding a side of plain fries for $3 since the sandwich doesn’t come with any sides. However, since the Spicy Spanish Fries – “chorizo + manchego”($9) caught my eye, I ordered that on the side instead of the plain fries. The fries were topped with shredded manchego cheese and a chipotle mayo. The mayo wasn’t very flavourful and I really didn’t notice much chorizo in the fries, however, the fries themselves were really nice and crispy. At $9, I didn’t think this was worth it. I should’ve just gone with the plain fries for $3.

My friend ordered the Ranchero Eggs – “plantain + black beans + avocado + salsa + bacon” ($17). I noticed the eggs weren’t runny, although I wasn’t sure if they were supposed to be. All the toppings were served on top of a large piece of fried plantain, which my friend said was really difficult to cut through. However, she really enjoyed this dish. It looked really good too!

I also ordered a glass of Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice ($5). I didn’t like that they put ice cubes in it. Since it was really hot outside, they melted pretty quickly, which resulted in the juice being a bit watered down.

Overall, this was a really enjoyable brunch. The servers were warm and friendly and the food was great. Next time I think I’ll drop by for dinner!

Ranchero Eggs – “plantain + black beans + avocado + salsa + bacon”

At a glance:

  • Located on the southeast corner of King and Church
  • They offer brunch on both Saturdays and Sundays
  • Good food (although I wouldn’t recommend the $9 Spanish Fries)
  • A fantastic patio

Ratings (out of 5):

  • Food: 4 stars
  • Service: 4 stars
  • Atmosphere: 4.5 stars

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