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Origin Liberty Village

Posted by Angelina Purpura / Listed on July 12, 2012 / review policy

Origin Liberty VillageOrigin Liberty is Chef Claudio Aprile's foray into a dining scene that's seen its ups and downs. Aprile has had had great success with both Colborne Lane and Origin on King East, with more locations to come. This newest Origin opened in the space that once housed Liberty Noodle. Liberty Village is notoriously hard on new restaurant ventures, but Aprile has expressed little concern, saying instead that "The menu is going to embrace the area."

Origin Liberty InteriorSitting inside, the decor feels like Origin has been transplanted from King East. Wide windows look out on the area's old factory buildings, touches of wood echo the other location, while red resin machine gun casts suspended over the bar are a playful allusion to the restaurant's nickname--The Gun Factory-- which is a reference to the space's past life as a female-staffed WWII gun producer. There's also a patio that's expected to grow over the next year. Like its predecessor, the menu is tapas-style, which is great for those who like to sample a little bit of everything.

The Deviled Eggs ($6) were an amazing start with a decadently creamy yolk. Herbs and salt cut through the fat, while souffletine gave it crunch, and the dish was rounded out by bacon instead of the original panchetta.

Origin Liberty VillageNext, we had the Beet and Goat Cheese salad ($12)--an extravagant amount of cheese and yogurt surrounding half a large pickled beet on a thin bed of fresh greens. The beet's juicy tartness was kept in check by the yogurt, but I would have liked more of the walnuts to counter the cheese's thick creaminess.

Origin Liberty VillageFrom the Raw Bar, we had the Spicy Tuna Handroll ($9). The spiced tuna was balanced by slivers of green apple and baby red shiso leaves, giving it a summery feel. The roll came with a tiny pot of miso mayonnaise which we polished off without shame.

Origin Liberty VillageThe hot items we chose are both new to Origin. First came the Lamb Sausage with Caramelized Eggplant, Feta and Bulgar Wheat ($15), and it was the hit of the night. The sausage was meaty and gently spiced, and the eggplant had all the flavour of baba ghanoush with a perfectly smooth texture. We cleaned the plate off with the sausage.

Origin Liberty VillageNext was Curried Shrimp with Naan ($17). The soft bread was flaky and charred on the grill, while the curry had great depth, and tasted of both pumpkin and peanuts. The shrimp felt a little superfluous, and we ate them quickly to better get at the sauce with the naan.

Origin Liberty VillageThe restaurant is barely a month old and still in its adolescent phase. The food is top-notch, though it's hard to say whether it is, in fact, reflective of Liberty Village. Service is polite but needs more time to feel polished. It absolutely has the potential to become one of the area's top destinations, and (assuming it lasts) can hopefully help Liberty Village's dining scene become even stronger.

Discussion

12 Comments

Drool / July 12, 2012 at 12:17 pm
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I want to go to there
ME / July 12, 2012 at 01:56 pm
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Hey BlogTO, You have the wrong website attached....it's http://originliberty.com/
Abbey / July 12, 2012 at 03:11 pm
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Ah, but did you ask Claudio permission before you took those shots?
Joey / July 12, 2012 at 07:32 pm
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They must have known the reviewers were coming. I had the beet and "goat cheese" salad there a few weeks ago and was extremely disappointed. There was about 1/4 of what is on the pictured plate. When I asked the server where the goats cheese was she curtly told me there was only meant a dusting of cheese on the plate as a garnish.
Chow hound GTA / July 14, 2012 at 12:09 pm
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I think Origins is a little to pricey for the area. Liberty Village people would appreciate Brazen Head prices for their food, or at least fill their plate up for the same price. These are fun-loving, young, middle class working folks. Not worldly, older, wealthier, Yorkville types.
Chow hound GTA replying to a comment from Chow hound GTA / July 14, 2012 at 12:11 pm
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Yeah the name is "Origin". Our bad.
george / July 14, 2012 at 03:36 pm
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Origin Liberty expensive, really? I heard Origin is offering 3 courses for $20. That an awesome deal! I'm all over that.
Ben / July 15, 2012 at 04:25 pm
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That looks way more full than I ever saw 'Liberty Noodle'....
Dan / July 24, 2012 at 03:40 pm
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Had lunch here a week ago and the food was great! I Had the Spanish Fries and the Fried Calamari with chorizo, both were great!

The service was also fantastic. Fast, polite and very friendly.

As far as prices go, I would say it's pretty close to Brazen Head pricing. A bit on the higher-end, but I personally felt that the food was worth it.

Definitely going back again. Might try going for dinner.
j / August 9, 2012 at 09:27 am
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went there with the boss last night , bill came to like 200$ with tip divided between 3 people. we left full. it's a good spot.
you get what you pay for. replying to a comment from Chow hound GTA / August 10, 2012 at 03:46 pm
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Brazen head food is garbage and to even compare the two is insulting to any person who knows good food. To generalize the entire Liberty Village community by saying we all want Brazen Head type places is entirely incorrect. If you are happy with a cheap, charred to black, tasteless and poor quality burger in a pub that smells putrid - then you are perfect for a place like Brazen Head and clearly are not the clientele that would appreciate good cuisine - which is exactly what you get at Origin. Yes, you pay more - but you get good quality product and an actual chef cooking your food. No comparison.
Marisa / June 13, 2013 at 11:55 pm
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The first picture is one of the items I got. It was really delicious. In general I found that the food was great, small portions which is nice if you want to try a lot of things on the menu. The staff was super friendly and genuine. Prices are a little expensive, but I would say it's worth it. If you're willing to spend a little more then average I suggest eating here for sure!

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