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Nota Bene- no thanks!

nummanumma | Jan 18, 2009 12:37 PM

Went to Nota Bene last night with a party of 5- dinner at 9:30.
Service, as others have noted, is trying but awkward. Really fell down at the end of the evening- 9 servers flipping tables, but not one will get us the bill (and refusing to make eye contact- hate that).
Starters were the: octopus rapini salad- octopus was quite mushy and fairly bland; duck salad- the slaw was also a bit bland, though the duck was awesome; barramundi tandoori- completely lost on me, not flavorful like you'd expect; lobster salad w blue cheese dressing- BORING; duck procuitto salad- nothing special. I particularly dislike the bowls that the salads were served in- nearly impossible to eat from, although that style is not unique to NB.
Mains were no more impressive: paparadelle with rabbit- oversalted, and if I'm saying that it was a LOT of salt, as I'm a bit of a hound, and another spice that was overpowering, maybe cinnamon?; Suckling pig and boudin noir- suckling pig and pastry delicious, boudin noir offered very litte (don't want to sound like a total jerk, but have only had this at Akelarre and this was nothing like it- quite a let down); tuna with squash- poorly conceived, no textural interest...just felt I didn't get it; red snapper- I didn't try this but k. liked it; scallops were well recieved but not exciting.
I guess I would expect more from a place that has received so much buzz with such a noted chef at the helm. I would not go back - luckily, my company was great.

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