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Does anybody think Colborne Lane is lame molecular gastronomy the way I do?

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Does anybody think Colborne Lane is lame molecular gastronomy the way I do?

JJewish | Apr 13, 2010 03:40 AM

I was taken to Colborne Lane two years ago. Luckily I did not pay for it, because a friend of ours owed us a favour (and now I wish he would have brought us somewhere totally different to return our favour!).

The tasting menu (and confusingly paired wines) we experienced at Colborne Lane was a complete joke on a molecular level, lacking zero cohesion, creating what I could only call culinary confusion on a grand scale never seen before. Even thinking about the menu causes me pain, as well as the wines paired that went from Riesling to Syrah, Beer to Chardonnay, and back to a Cabernet Sauv., and back to a white wine... For sure, this was the worst molecular gastronomy menu I have ever experienced to date. I have no idea why so many peoples in Toronto seem to rave about Colborne Lane...

That said, last year my partner and I finally had the opportunity to dine at the best molecular gastronomy and wine pairings I've ever experienced (yes, better than my luncheon experience at 'The Fat Duck', as well as dinner at 'El Bulli'), a restaurant called 'Noma' in Copenhagen, Denmark. (http://www.noma.dk/) Colborne Lane gastronomy is a joke compared to what I experienced at 'Noma'.

After experiencing chef Redzeppi's molecular cuisine at 'Noma', I feel totally embarrassed as a Canadian to think that fellow Canadians believe that Colborne Lane is actually interesting, or, worse, that Colborne Lane is somehow worldy as a Canadian representation of molecular cuisine.

Does anybody else think Colborne Lane is a joke when it comes to proper molecural gastronomy?

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Colborne Lane
45 Colborne Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1P8, CA

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