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A Canadian version of Natural Gourmet Institute

There is nothing equivalent to NGI in Canada that I know about. I once considered going to that school in NYC, but, it was way too expensive... Let me know if you do find a NGI-like school in Canada!

Apr 19, 2010
JJewish in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking for 3 or 4 great (and hopefully somewhat diverse) restaurants in downtown Toronto area

Avoid Colborne Lane, it's not interesting at all, as well as corporate Canoe, and watered down Starfish.

Scaramouche is very good, year after year. Lai Wah Heen is very good, too.

There are not a lot of really good "fine dining" restaurants in Toronto... So, you should consider Nota Bene, as well as Cowbell, Weezie's, Harbord Room, Rodney's Oyster House, et cetera.

Cheers,

J.J.

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Weezie's
354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

Lai Wah Heen
108 Chestnut St, Toronto, ON M5G 1R3, CA

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

Harbord Room
89 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1G4, CA

Nota Bene
180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, CA

Rodney's Oyster House
469 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1K4, CA

Apr 16, 2010
JJewish in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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

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

Apr 13, 2010
JJewish in Ontario (inc. Toronto)