Thursday, March 18, 2010

Urban Eats @ Nota Bene, Toronto

Nova Scotia Lobster Salad
My husband recently turned 30, quit his 9-5 job and started his own sales consulting firm in the span of two weeks.  A celebration was definitely in order!  We headed out to Nota Bene restaurant with our good friends Chris & Jenny for a blowout meal before we had to get realistic about our finances.  

Yucatan Hot & Sour Soup
To start we had the Nova Scotia Lobster Salad ($24) with avocado, blue cheese, maple bacon and buttermilk dressing.  Next was the Yucatan Hot & Sour Soup ($10) with a nice light broth, smoked chicken, goji berries and coriander.
Charred Wild Digby Sea Scallops
For my main, I ordered the Charred Wild Digby Sea Scallops ($24) which came with king oyster mushrooms, pineapple & coriander salad and hot chili oil.  The combination was fresh  and really allowed the scallops to shine through, each flavour complimenting the other.
Paul went for a nice round piece of steak, which came with a bowl of rosemary infused oil for brushing and shaved pecorino - a nice touch.  Nota Bene does some amazing sides for the table and we really enjoyed the fluffy mountain of Pommes Frites ($8) and Sauteed Rapini ($6). 
Rosemary infused oil for brushing
Pomme Frites
Creme Caramel
Dessert led us to a Creme Caramel ($10) and a Molten Chocolate Cake ($10) for the boys.  Jenny and I opted for a truffle made in-house in Sea Salt and Chocolate Champagne ($2) with some coffee to finish off a delicious meal.
Molten Chocolate Cake
Chef David Lee, formerly of Splendido has won numerous awards including 'Best New Restaurant' by Toronto Life and En Route Magazine.  Needless to say, the modern dining room was packed, especially if the opera is on that night.  Reservations are a must.

Nota Bene Restaurant
180 Queen Street West, Toronto ON
(416) 977-6600

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