A few weekends ago we got a chance to check out Origin, which is a new place which is getting some good reviews. Normally we wouldn’t go because it’s a little out of our brunch radius (it’s on the east side and we’re west siders) but when our good friends Chiara & Jason decided to treat us to a meal, we couldn’t pass up the chance to check it out.

We started by ordering our drinks and since Nat was in high spirits she ordered a blood-orange mimosa, Jason and I followed suit and ordered ‘Zombies,’ while Chiara, who was recovering from cold, went with tea.  What are ‘Zombies’ you ask? Pure awesomeness.  Ok, I don’t drink a lot of fruity mixed drinks, but this was something unique. It contained white rum, dark spiced rum, pineapple juice, house made grenadine and Don’s mix, we did’t know what it was, but I found someone who made it with grapefruit juice and cinnamon syrup.n

As for meals, Jason & I both had french toast.  He went with a buffalo mozzarella, poached pear & warm walnut brittle topping and I got maple vanilla syrup, whipped cream & berry compote topping.  What can I say, I’m a sucker for berries.  One of the cool things about the french toast was that they used a bun cut in half.  It was defo something different.  We both went for the sweet toppings and enjoyed their decedentness.  That’s right I just made up a word.

Nat got Ranchero eggs with plantains, black beans, avocado, salsa and bacon and enjoyed it very much. The only thing she thought was missing was cheese. What can I say, we love cheese. Chiara wasn’t feeling like breakfast and went for a burger, which she really liked.

To make sure everyone left pleasantly filled we topped off our meals by sharing some Spanish fries (photographed above).  They were delicious and had a little bit of spiced seasoning on them.  Very cool.

Overall we liked the food, but the portion sizes were on the smallish side but I guess that comes with having rich dishes. We liked the food and the prices are higher than average but considering the downtown location I would expect they’d get a lot of patrons from the financial district.