...the room is a visual conversation between Victorian industrial grunge and contemporary glamour that ends up finding its own kind of beauty. Walls are the original 120-year-old brick, complete with a rusted iron chimney plate, foundation posts and pipes; the table is an astonishingly elegant construction made of steel and mother- of-pearl. It cost $25,000 and seats 14, including a loveseat at either end that can fit two friends or one sprawling, portly CEO. The contemporary paintings and sculptures are for sale and there’s a well-stocked wine cabinet on one wall, perhaps as an homage to the traditional wine cellar.
Colborne Lane didn’t lose money during the recession, even as other high-end restaurants fell one by one; not even the private dining room, with its 500-pound art piece of a chandelier and $25,000 mother-of-pearl table, gathered dust. Since he opened Colborne Lane three years ago, Aprile has become known as one of the most relentlessly creative and driven Toronto chefs of his generation, second only to Susur Lee.
Tucked away on a quiet street that bridges the Financial District and Old Town Toronto, Colborne Lane buzzes with energy from it’s chic dining room and busy kitchen.