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Dinner at Nota Bene - A Review


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Dinner at Nota Bene - A Review

pinkprimp | Jul 23, 2008 05:24 PM

Okay. First I need to mention that David Lee came to our table after dinner and I was so struck, that apparently (according to my BF) I just smiled at him like a

Anyway. Onto the restaurant. I love, love, LOVE it! The space is very pretty, a lot of wood, mirrors and beautiful art. The bathrooms make me feel like I'm in an exhibit at the MOMA. I think that it wouldn't hurt to dim the lights just a tee bit more, but that's just being nitpicky.

The food. OH. AMAZING. The wine list was very minimal tonight (three whites, three reds..nothing I was particularly interested in) and they were very keen on pushing beverages, but I could ignore all that for the food.

To start, we had the charcuterie platter, $24 (pig's head, niagara prosciutto, duck prosciutto, maple smoked bacon, a french sausage I couldn't remember the name of, and pork fat like butter, pickled beets, pickled onions, olives and mustard seeds). I liked it a lot. The pig's head was very interesting, and flavour wise, reminds me of Asian barbequed pork. The duck prosciutto was REALLY yummy. We also ordered the tuna tartare, $14. Mmmmmm. It came with avocado on top, with crispy onion and a bit of alfafa-esque sprouts. It sat in a nice pool of a ginger-soy sauce. I really enjoyed it and can't wait to try the steak version.

For the mains, I had the braised short ribs, $24 and my BF had the cornish hen, $24. The short ribs came with a "cornichon and cucumber salad" that I wasn't a big fan of (the pickles are just like the ones I have at home in the fridge...) and a puree of onion and leek (so flavourful). The ribs were sooo incredibly tender and fat and pink and perfect. I almost didn't want to share with the BF, but I'm glad I did because that meant I got to try his cornish hen! It came deboned, whole, but with the drumsticks still intact. It was stuffed with rosemary and parsley on a bed of green beans and bacon with roasted lemon slices. So lovely and moist. It had a very Autumn, rustic feel to it but I loved it nonetheless.

ETA: We also had an order of the rapini for the table. kind of bland, not so remarkable.

For desserts, we split the pots de creme, $10. YUM. They recommended that we eat it in the order of coconut, pistachio, espresso then chocolate. The last two are quite rich and densely flavoured. I think the espresso would be my favourite.

One thing was that the servers were still kinda "green" which is understandable since they just opened. They couldn't answer a lot of the questions I had (ie; what was stuffed in the hen) without consulting someone and one server almost dropped the dishes he was trying to clear off, but in all, really friendly and I'm sure they'll get better. And I appreciate the refolding of the napkin when you leave the table.

In all, the dinner for two with no wine came to $120 before tips.

We're already planning our visit for next week.

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