Sunday, December 18, 2011

Origin - Morristown, N.J.


A few weeks ago, I visited Boney out in Morristown, NJ.  It was surprisingly lively in the streets of Mo-town but we ducked into a great French Thai restaurant, Origin.  We sat downstairs in a dimly lit dining room that was packed.  As we walked over to our table, I saw the different delicious treats that sat on everyone’s table and I knew we were in the right place.

We decided to share the appetizer special, Shrimp and Scallop Dumplings. 

They were steamed and served with a soy vinaigrette dipping sauce.  The dumplings were thinly wrapped, but bursting with flavor.  There was a hearty portion of shrimp and scallop in each bite. I could also taste the ginger and scallions. Every ingredient was perfectly balanced and the soy vinaigrette was the perfect enhancer.  The appetizer as incredible and I couldn’t wait for the main course.  Boney ordered the Pad See Ew with beef.

She noted that it is her favorite dish and she has had it at Origin a few times. It is a simple dish mixed in with Chinese broccoli.  I ordered Pad Kee Maow.

This was no ordinary Pad Kee Maow. It was spicy and served with chicken, shrimp AND squid. There was a mix of red peppers, spicy green peppers and basil. The flavors were incredible. The broad noodles were perfectly cooked and thankfully they weren’t drenched in sauce – sometimes that mistake is made. The only thing odd about this dish was that there was some lettuce at the bottom of the noodles.  I’m not sure why, perhaps that was to combat the spice. I have no issues with spice so I found the lettuce to be an unnecessary distraction.

Overall Origin was fantastic! I can’t believe such a gem exists in Morristown.  I will certainly return to try other items on their menu.

Hungry yet?

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