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Compiled by Ian Bartholomew  /  Contributing Reporter

Tasting Menu

Foodie rom-com from Spain with international aspirations, Tasting Menu is a light frothy concoction that is perfectly enjoyable, if not particularly memorable. The concept: The last night of one of the world’s greatest restaurants — think a seaside elBulli — and a couple, separated for over a year, come together for a dinner that will make or break their relationship. In the background, Japanese investors look at potential new developments and a worldly-wise widow dines with the ashes of her late husband, and dishes out small dollops of wisdom to keep the protagonists on track to the expected grand affirmation of eternal love. The film is more No Reservations than Babette’s Feast, and though it has some scenes of intimately tender gastronomy, it totally lacks either the social insight of a film like Eat, Drink, Man, Women or the exuberant sexual charge of Tampopo. Tasting Menu is a bit like cotton candy, fun to look at, quick to digest and immediately forgotten.

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