If I said to you “Middle Eastern inspired spiced infused fried chicken” what would you say? If it’s along the lines of tell me more or get it in my mouth then read on. If it is hmmmmmm not for me, WAIT they do other stuff too.

On April 7th “Origins Of” will debut their first menu at Spitalfields Blessing’s wine & cocktail bar with a Middle Eastern inspired menu.

Founders Abdulla Amin and Hugo Toland have been friends for over 20 years and are out to introduce new ideas and flavours to the palettes. The concept takes classic Middle Eastern ingredients and remixes them for a new audience.

Abdulla, who like many other before him left a professional career to pursue his lifelong passion for food, along with Hugo, who you might have come across before via projects like Street Feast.

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The three main offerings of spice infused fried chicken, buttermilk soaked cauliflower florets and an interesting twist on the classic falafel are 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.

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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 via his 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. Though why it is a secret is beyond me.

But it appears that for Abdulla Amin London is only the beginning.   

“After years of entertaining friends and family and getting such amazing feedback, it was time to take it to the next level. We are passionate about good food and are on an adventure to bring the flavours of Origins Of to the world and London, our hometown, is the first stop.”



LDN Life will be going along to see if it is good enough for London and if it is, then the rest of the world should look after itself. But if you cannot wait until then, visit their website for more info