Nota Bene has been on my list for a long time and I finally made it part of my 2012 restaurant resolutions to try it since it had been regarded as one of the top restaurants in the city. Not a bad way to end the year (I started this list before 2012 but still, I am making progress!). I’ll be back at Nota Bene and am excited to see what Part 2 brings!
Business. Sophisticated. On trend. Dress smart.
It was lovely to see the paintings of this artist I know. The abstracts of buildings with bright colours works in a muted room.
The bar is nice but I do admit I was a bit intimidated by the clientele a bit.
Staff are on point and true professionals.
It’s a “be on your best behaviour” restaurant.
The Yucatan Hot and Sour soup hit all the right flavour notes and was especially comforting while getting over a cold. The Smoked Chicken, Goji Berries, Coriander all worked well together and the pine nuts were a nice surprise.
The lobster salad is basically a mouth-gasm. The lobster is cut into cubes and portions are plentiful. Flavours were a great balance of sweet and savoury with the soft avocado, maple bacon and blue cheese. And a note: it’s not an obnoxiously large dish. What I love about NB is that you leave feeling satisfied, never full; never undermined.
Because we had two appetizers, I opted for the smaller portioned salmon sashimi. If I’m going to have fish, I’m going to have it somewhere I know it’s fresh. And it was. But I don’t think I’d order it again.
I had a taste of my friend’s sea bass and it was cooked perfectly. This is something I might get next time.
The creme caramel was the highlight of our meal. It was one of those “lick your plate clean” dishes. If I wasn’t on “best behaviour” I probably would have if no-one was around.
OBLIGATORY CATCHY REMARK
The quintessential restaurant for a business lunch or dinner. If you want to impress your date or ahem, “seal the deal” this is also a good spot to do so (especially with those long love seats situated off to the side). It hits all marks but I need to come back and try more. You can tell David Lee is a perfectionist.
Photos: Renee Suen (via Flickr); Do check out her Flickr page. She’s been to more restaurants than me and her photos are spectacular.