Spinoff of Overseas Club Showcases French-Inspired Cuisine and Private Collection of Contemporary Asian Art
The spinoff of a namesake club that debuted in Beijing in 2014, Origo’s name derives from a Latin term meaning ‘origin’ and underscores its single-source philosophy when it comes to its selection of food, wine, coffee, tea and art exhibits, and also speaks to the brand making its first indelible footprint on the local hospitality scene.
Managing Partner Woody Wu, a respected sommelier and wine consultant, has gathered together a seasoned team of industry veterans at Origo Club that includes Head Chef David Pan (Bishop’s), Sous Chef Tony Hua (Toronto’s Cava), Restaurant Director Melanie Gravel(Bishop’s, Anh and Chi), Café Manager Remi Ho (Chez Christophe) and Gallery Manager Tiger Zhou (Ermenegildo Zegna at Harry Rosen).
During the day, Origo Club invites fans of the laidback café and bistro lifestyle to sample a menu of fresh-baked viennoiseries and lighter fare. Pour-over specialty coffees and espresso-based beverages courtesy of one of only four state-of-the-art Modbar brewing systems currently in use in BC are also a highlight, as well as aromatic black, green, herbal or pu-erh teas.
When night falls, Origo Club’s classically trained chefs will tempt eye and palate with a menu of French-inspired fare served in the comfort and luxury of its main dining space and two private rooms. Behind the bar, a handpicked list of French wine and exclusive selection of Barons de Rothschild Champagne beckons, as well as an array of classic and house cocktails, imported saké and whiskies from around the world.
An adjacent gallery also offers visitors a unique gathering place and a glimpse into a private collection of more than 400 pieces of contemporary Asian art, including handmade Tibetan ‘Thangka’ paintings, porcelain and ornate Yixing Teapots. Part museum, part art gallery and part educational odyssey, the Origo Club gallery embraces heritage and celebrates diversity while providing insights into the past, present and future of Asian art.
In envisioning the Origo Club décor, Vancouver’s John Henshaw Architects Inc. used an East-meets-West motif as inspiration, seamlessly weaving traditional Chinese design elements, French bistro-themed touches and locally sourced materials throughout the space. An ornate oak ‘moon gate’ marks the threshold between the restaurant and art gallery, ‘calacatta’-style quartz was used in counters and table tops and authentic touches like bamboo baskets and ‘Chinoiserie’-inspired wallpaper accent the two private dining spaces.
“We’ve put an extensive amount of time and effort into this project to provide our guests with an interactive cultural and culinary experience unlike any other,” says Wu. “We’re excited to open the doors this week and begin sharing our passion for showcasing the very best food and wine, coffee and tea and art exhibits available.”