Earlier this month, Origins Of launched its debut menu at Spitalfields unique Blessing’s wine & cocktail bar, and I was there to sample the atmosphere and Middle Eastern-inspired menu.
The event was housed in a three story townhouse – Blessing’s which offers a range of individual spaces for guests to feel at home no matter their mood or reason for visiting.
The evening began with a series of signature cocktails including the Origins Of Sour a drink featuring a ginger and cardamon infused syrup to complement the menu’s Middle-Eastern palette.
Origins Of is the brainchild of friends for over 20 years, Abdulla Amin and Hugo Toland who are out to introduce new ideas and flavours to the palettes of forward-thinking Londoners. The concept takes classic Middle Eastern ingredients, remixing them for a new audience. Abdulla, who left a professional career to pursue his lifelong passion for food, along with Hugo, a consultant whose projects have included dining powerhouse Street Feast, embarked on an adventure to create a fresh take on classic dishes.
The three main offerings on the night were spice infused fried chicken, buttermilk soaked cauliflower florets and a vibrant twist on the classic falafel served dressed on three mini charred flat breads, as a basket or sharing platters with a selection of sauces including; Tahini Hype, Scotch Bonnet Mayo, Fresh Sweet Chilli, Honey Mustard BBQ and Sumac Yoghurt.
The recipe development began over three years ago when Abdulla was living and working in Kazakhstan. In the absence of any buttermilk, Abdulla was forced to create his own unique recipe. Items including the hummus and pickles will be handmade by Abdulla’s mother using recipes handed down through the family’s Middle Eastern heritage.
The menu is focused on a simple but quality offering. Free-range herb-fed chicken and vegetables from New Covent Garden Market are paired with flatbreads from a secret London supplier whose produce is in demand across Europe.
I’d say adventurous Londoners are ready to embrace Origins Of brand of Middle-Eastern food judging by the packed venue on launch night. The menu was well received, especially the dips (still not sure what they were) and the drinks were delicious as well. If you like your food with a few twists and spices, then Origins Of at Blessings bar may be right up your alley.
Visit the Origins Of website for a full menu
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KITCHEN OPEN 4PM TILL 11PM
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