Colborne Lane Inc
45 Colbourne, Toronto, ON, M5E 1P8
Colborne Lane is touted as the city’s first molecular restaurant. It serves up such exclusive, experimental main dishes as rare tuna with wasabi foam and frozen soy.
|Cuisine Type |||Eclectic|
|Ambiance |||Bistro, Meet For Drink|
|Meals Served |||Lunch, Brunch, Dinner|
|Amenities |||Full Bar, Notable Chef|
|Pricing |||Less than $20|
|Payment |||MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Getting There |||St. Andrew Station|
|Cross Street |||Church Street|
Profile Last Updated: December 11, 2008
The restaurant’s interior is futuristic meets fine dining. The glass-backed bar is lit by fluorescent bulbs while the lovely, low-lit dining area is surrounded by exposed brick walls and rough beams. Silver and black pipes run overhead, complementing silver wire chairs and black leather loungers and massive mirrors and ultra-modern chandeliers round out the décor.
For Picky Eaters
If you’re one of those people who places an order, then spends the rest of the night picking samples from your companion’s meal, or drooling over stranger’s dishes, this is the place for you. Colborne Lane specializes in tapas-style delicacies and its menu boasts some of the most unique selections in the city. Each dish offers up a dazzling collection of tastes and textures. Try vanilla-glazed ocean trout with salsify, aloe vera, warm lemon custard, and wilted greens, or potato tart with white truffle paste, poached egg, fromage frais, leek puree, watercress and regianno. Desserts are just as diverse so it doesn’t matter if you can’t decide whether you’re in a cake or ice cream mood. Spice loaf comes with nitro thai chili ice cream, caramel cardamom and fruit. Be sure to book ahead – the restaurant only does dinner five nights a week so the demand is definitely much higher than the supply.
Not Just a Catchy Name
Those looking for a more personal experience can ask about The Kitchen Table; a private dining space for six to eight diners who want it all. Be advised however, this is not for the faint of heart. It is, quite literally, a table in the kitchen. Patrons enjoy a generous prix fixe menu on the restaurant’s frontlines, amidst the stoves, grills, prep tables, chefs and trucker talk of Colborne Lane. This is as close to the action as you can get.