I called to make a reservation for 10 people, to which the gentleman on the other end of the line replies, "we're small so we likely won't be able to get everyone's food out at the same time. If you wanted instead you could go for a prix fixe" ... "OK", I say, "let's make it for 8 people since I don't want to do prix fixe. I'll call if our numbers change"
Fast forward to June 3rd. We had 8 members attending, including me. As the first TRC member arrived, we found they didn't have record of the reservation. Uh, really? Thankfully the place wasn't very busy and they were able to move on table and accommodate us. Phew! A quick scan of the room shows some nice design touches and a very approachable, modern-mixed-with-old space. Now we were ready to dive into our evening.
The menu is short and to the point. It's playful in its incorporation of molecular gastronomy techniques, and is pegged as a vegetarian-friendly place (though meat-eaters needn't worry; according to National Post's math, L.A.B. is 40% meat). We each place our orders for both food and drink. Despite there only being a couple other tables, the service was slow and sometimes forgetful.
Our appetizers arrive; pogo chicken wings (fun presentation but the gelled hot sauce lacks heat while the blue cheese sauce lacks flavour), Cameron's Cream Ale vegetable consommé (great table-side presentation), not green salad ("blah ... just salady" by one diner, and bison tartar (simple flavour and delicious with its mustard seeds). Overall, a good start.
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