I was disheartened to hear my friend's verdict as he proclaimed that Nota bene wouldn't reach the caliber of a one star restaurant where he resides in London, England ( let alone a Michelin star one).
He mentioned that at NB's price point, we could have had (i.e.) a fine dining experience at a French resto in London. He felt the food at NB was good but nothing to be dazzled about. (Personally I had a good time:) I've never been to Splendido but here at NB, I felt the food was quite delicious, creative, and covered a lot of ground for a smaller menu selection (I had the trout sashimi, he had the duck salad, we shared the charcuterie plate. For entrees, I chose the suckling pig and boudin noir tart which was absolute heaven on a plate!.. and he had the beef tenderloin which was cooked perfectly medium as requested). To boot, we got to to meet and chat a little with Chef Lee :)
I cannot agree or disagree with his opinion because I have never eaten at a fine dining resto in England. However, I am requesting all chow experts step up to the plate and assist me in showing him that we do have great places to dine at in Toronto. I have an extensive list of what I consider to be top notch restos, but want to hear from you all first before providing it. He's going to be here for 2 weeks and our round 2 of dining out is coming soon, so I want to be sure that my suggestion will be a winner!
Help me show him that Toronto's got game.