Downtown Brunch At Origin
Patio Eats at King and Church
Sunny Sundays in the summer are meant for brunch on a patio like Origin. Situated directly across from the beautiful St. James Cathedral in the St. Lawrence Market area right at the corner of a bustling intersection, Church and King Street. It’s a convenient location in downtown Toronto for locals and tourists alike.
Breakfast or brunch, no matter what you call it, is decadent and thoughtfully put together at Origin. Not unlike their dinner menu, every bite is full of a melody of flavours to make your taste buds joyous.
At a restaurant like Origin it is necessary to have a starter even at brunch because the food is just that delicious. We shared the deviled eggs ($6). They tasted like a relative of my mom’s creations I remember eating poolside as a kid. This is a good thing. They were spicy and just as memorable as Ma McCarthy’s devilishly good eggs but in Origin style were more than just deviled eggs as they came with some prosciutto. I appreciated the protein hit from the eggs, given I was indulging in decadent French toast as my main brunch meal.
There were actually three options to choose from for the French toast. I went with
maple vanilla syrup, whipped cream and berry compote version ($13). It was worth every calorie. The fresh whipped cream that sent me straight to heaven, perfectly balanced the berry compote. Who even needs maple syrup? The maple syrup was of course “real” maple syrup with a hint of vanilla.
Also on the menu was a savory French toast with duck confit, blueberries, hoisin, sesame seed brittle, sour cream ($17) and another sweet version with banana, coconut, peanut brittle and pineapple ($14). Leave it to Origin to create something totally unexpected. I mean, duck confit French toast? Not my cup of tea but I love their creativity. My fiancé said he was going to order the duck confit next time. If they taste anything like the duck wraps from the dinner menu, I’m in. In fact, I’m getting hungry just writing this review!
My fiancé Walker went for the tostada ranchero, fried eggs, avocado, black bean, salsa and bacon ($15). He didn’t finish the whole meal but this had nothing to do with his enjoyment of it, he was stuffed! That’s probably because he also enjoyed some of my French toast – it did come with three pieces after all.
If you want something a little more fancy than your typical eggs and bacon for brunch then definitely give Origin a try!
107 King Street East
Joy McCarthy, is a Holistic Nutritionist, food lover and owner of joyoushealth.ca