Hi, A group of four are going to Colbourne Lane on Friday night. Any recent comments or recommendations of what to order. This will be the first time going for everyone.
I also second the tasting menu...went a few years ago and it was absolutely fantastic. I'm not sure exactly how much it was (and the website seems to be down now for some reason), but maybe around $200 per person?
I'm not an expert of molecular gastronomy but the tasting menu with wine was mind blasting.
Claudio was present at our last meal (unfortunately a Chef's absence seems to be a tolerated situation) and it was truly excellent. However, there may be little group conversation as your brains try to figure out what your tongues are tasting (unless you count Mmms, Urrrs, and Ohhhs). Enjoy.
the food was definitely entertaining. different textures, foams, frozen beads, etc. if you like places with simple presentation that lets the freshness and flavour of high quality ingredients shine through - it's not for you. (not saying the ingredients were not good.)
at the end of the tasting menu, i had the definite feeling that i could go quite a while before returning for another meal. at the time, i thought maybe i'd have the urge in a year or so. it's been over two years.
we spent more time talking about the actual food during the meal. every dinner conversation has a mix of topics, including the food being served, but because of its novelty (to us at least), the food imposed itself a little more on our conversation.
one warning: they played hard rock during the whole meal at a volume that forced us to raise our voices. when we commented to the server, the response was 'they like it that way here".
Had one of worst eating experiences there EVER, sadly. We had the uber pricey tasting menu with wine pairings and courses were so small i actually left hungry. But that's not why i disliked it. I went down to use the washroom, down a very darkly lit set of stairs. When i got to the bottom i slipped....on vomit, YES, vomit. not only did the restaurant offer no compensation, for a cleaning bill, the meal, anything, the waiter went so far to say something along the lines of "OMG I heard you fell in puke?" No apology, just an "ew". i followed up with the manager the next day who said, well, next time you're in let me know and I'll buy you a drink.
45 Colborne Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1P8, CA