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  1. Did he leave Earls?

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    1. re: yen

      Yes, he did Yen but I am not sure where I read that and when.

      Only a matter of tme I guess. Did his time, made a few bucks. Sort of like Feenie at Cactus Club.

      I remember reading something about opening another restaurant and for some reason I thought it might be in the Okanagan but apart from that no additional details.

      1. re: Bob Mac

        Ned Bell has gone to Kelowna to open his own restaurant. Perhaps that's who you were thinking of.

        1. re: Zydeco_Mama

          You could be right Zydeco Mama...it was just one of those passing comments I heard or read somewhere

          I am going to have to get down to Kelowna. With Ned Bell, Rodney Butters, Filatow [sp?] at Waterfront Wines, Michael A at Mission Hill they have accumulated a number of good chefs.

          I also read that James Kendall relocated to a winery after his stays at the Jasper Park Lodge and the Aerie so that is good front of house talent as well.

          1. re: Bob Mac

            Last I heard, Michael Allemaier (sp?) had left Kelowna and is back in Calgary as an instructor at Sait.

          2. re: Zydeco_Mama

            According to Chefdb.com Bell is Operating Partner of Cabana Bar and Grill in Kelowna. Noble is listed as Director, Culinary & Product Dev from 05-07, nothing updated on chef's db for 2008...I wonder if there is a new project in the works in Calgary or has he, like Bell, headed out of town?

            1. re: maplesugar

              Noble is in town. Bell is not part of Cabana.

              1. re: rae26

                Ned Bell is in Kelowna at Cabana, partnered with Jason Blackford formerly of the Living room ...

                1. re: criticalcritic

                  ...was partnered with jay.

                  1. re: rae26

                    don't mean to hijack but, what happened to bell??

                    1. re: criticalcritic

                      Hijack? You will see him resurface soon.

                      1. re: criticalcritic

                        last I saw Ned he was at a tanning salon.

                        1. re: John Manzo

                          With his puffy vest, bottle of Voss and jeans with kitchen clogs!

          3. re: yen

            NOtaBLE is now OPEN
            our hours are:
            Tuesday ~11:30am - 10pm
            Wednesday ~ 11:30am - 10pm
            Thursday ~ 11:30am - 11pm
            Friday ~ 11:30am - 11pm
            Saturday ~ 10am - 11pm
            Sunday ~ 10am - 9pm
            Monday ~ closed

            1. re: L.Noble

              What a pleasant surprise! Out and about with lunch hour quickly approaching, I thought I'd take a glance at Facebook to see if NOtaBLE was open, and YES! So off we zoom to Bowness in search of lunch, and what a fantastic experience.

              The decor is upscale (note Wedgewood flatware and black linen) yet incorporates some rustic details such as copper-topped tables. The tables have ample space between them; to the point that when NOtaBLE gets terribly busy, extra tables could be inserted into the mix. I don't think I'm being overly optimistic using the word "when".

              Lunch for the two of us consisted of a carafe of sparkling Q Water ($1/carafe) and a starter of Grilled Flatbread brushed lightly with olive oil and was served with a head of warm, roasted garlic on the side. We added the Olive Tapenade and were licking our fingers when the main came. For this, and with the purpose of trying as many things as possible, Hubby and I split a Braised Beef Sandwich and Rotisserie Vegetable Pizza. The Braised Beef was AMAZING, perhaps a little fatty (I trimmed prior to assembly), but fantastic after the trim. It was served on fresh focaccia with a mustard slaw, and hot fries on the side (very hot). The pizza was as far as I can ascertain, the same flatbread as we had for a starter (similar to Naan), grilled on both sides and topped with vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, roasted garlic, onion, etc. that had been rotisseried. Not an overcooked veg in sight. The pizza was a lighter option to the sandwich, and offered an interesting alternative, plus it was tender and tasty.

              NOtaBLE is serving P&S, but alas, no Espresso. The dessert selection, while it didn't entice me adequately, I'm sure will others. Stilton Cheesecake with Rhubarb Compote, Flourless Chocolate Cake, and Lemon Tarts are a few selections I recall.

              Service was prompt, kind, and attentive, and the quality of lunch (total $46) left us entirely happy campers. Great value IMO. NOtaBLE will be offering brunch on the weekends, and we will be happy to partake.

              Michael Noble seems to like the mix between neighbourhood and fine dining; approachable and sophisticated. I think he's created it very well.

              1. re: L.Noble

                I was so excited when I checked Facebook early this afternoon and found out they were open today. I had high hopes for NOtaBLE given Chef Noble's impressive resume. At the same time, it crossed my mind whether it was a good idea or not to check out this restaurant on their opening night, esp being a Friday night. Since I was tasked with choosing a place for dinner for some friends from out-of-town, I was confident that NOtaBLE would be the perfect choice to showcase some of the best dining that Calgary has to offer. I had a hunch that Chef Noble would be there running the kitchen, esp. since it was opening night, so I thought that would improve my chances of getting a flawless meal. It crossed my mind though that tonight might be chaotic since it was opening night but against my better judgment, I convinced myself that it wasn't likely going to happen given Chef Noble's 25 plus years in the restaurant industry.

                Unfortunately, my dinner experience was not as stellar as nutellaluvr's. I really wanted to love this restaurant. I agree that the decor is beautiful and is tastefully done. However, the service and overall experience certainly has room for improvement. One of my friends observed that some of the kitchen staff and definitely a lot of the servers seem very inexperienced and they seem overwhelmed giving that the restaurant was almost full during dinner service.

                We ordered a carafe of sparkling Q water, 2 lychee martinis, a glass of red, a starter of grilled flatbread served with a head of roasted garlic ($5 for starter size) and added both the olive tapenade ($4) and house made tzatziki ($4). Personally, I thought the tzatziki was too runny and not all that special. It was definitely not worth the $4 for the portion size that was given. I agree the olive tapenade was quite tasty but looking back, I'm not sure it was worth the $13 in total for 6 pieces of flat bread and 2 small containers of condiments. I probably would order the flat bread again with the olive tapenade but would probably stay away from the tzatziki.

                For entrees, I had the double cut pork chop and my friends had the special of the day which was troll-caught salmon cooked over wood burning rotisserie and the galloway new york striploin. I loved the flavours for the pork chop and would definitely order it again. It is easily one of the best pork chops I've had here in Calgary. I had a taste of the salmon. I didn't love it.. and neither did my friend who ordered it. Mind you, we usually prefer our salmon undercooked and this salmon was cooked all the way through. Also, I was expecting to taste the subtle smoked flavours from the wood burning rotisserie but I didn't and we certainly weren't wowed by the dish. As for the galloway new york striploin, it was cooked perfectly to medium-rare as my friend had requested. But flavour-wise it wasn't all that impressive. And for $36 for the striploin, I would probably go elsewhere if I was really craving steak. I can appreciate at least they cooked it properly but it was by far not the best steak I've ever had.

                As for service and overall experience, tonight did not meet my expectations. The starter of flatbread came in a reasonable time after the order was put in (15 to 20 min) but it came before our drinks showed up. I had to flag down the manager to get him to expedite the drinks and even then, they took a while to show up. After we finished the starter, we waited... and waited... and waited... for our entrees to show up. It was easily over an hour a half after we sat down (and easily over an hour after we had put in the order) for the entrees to show up. I looked around the restaurant and it seemed like everyone around us were in the same boat. Basically, everyone was waiting what seemed like forever, for the entrees to show up. I could see that people were getting restless and some started checking their phones, etc. while others were looking around the restaurant at all the other hungry diners anxiously awaiting their food.

                I felt particularly bad for the couple sitting at the table next to us. If I recall correctly, they were already seated by the time we sat down. They had finished their appetizer and a whole bottle of wine before their entrees showed up. What was particularly strange was that a server came by and cleared away their water glasses while they were still sitting at the table waiting for entrees that they were planning to share (they were given clean plates and cutlery in anticipation of arrival of the entrees). Their entrees finally came just as we were about to leave. At that point, they have no beverage glasses of any sort as their wine glasses had been cleared away earlier. This is the first time I've ever seen a server clear away water glasses with the guests still sitting at the table.

                Given the total bill (excl tip) was $126 for 3 alcoholic drinks, 1 starter and 3 entrees, I would say NOtaBLE is decent value if they can improve on the service. Based on my experience tonight, I couldn't say that service was prompt or attentive but it was not entirely the fault of the serving staff. I will probably wait at least a couple of weeks or a month before coming back to try other menu items. A couple of other menu items caught my eye such as their house made burger and their rotisserie chicken. Hopefully by then, a lot of these kinks will be ironed out. I really don't want to be waiting over an hour for a burger...

                I learned my lesson tonight. I definitely won't be bringing out of town guests to a new restaurant on their opening night. The food wasn't bad...the pork chop was actually impressive but the wait time for the entrees was too much for us and overall, we expected more given Chef Noble's impressive resume...

                1. re: miss.foodie

                  I have to agree with miss.foodie on several points. I too thought twice about trying out NOtaBLE on an opening Friday night. Friday/Saturday night service can be abysmal and new restaurants inevitably have kinks to work out. Hence the reason we scrambled to go for lunch. That being said, more tables were occupied than I anticipated, let's say 8, however we had two members of the staff attend to us and both were chatty. My husband did comment early on that with the open kitchen concept, it was all the more obvious that much of the kitchen staff was green. They didn't move or behave with precision nor confidence, and at one point Chef Noble seemed to be instructing someone on how to grill lemon halves and onions. Admittedly, it seems a little late in the game for lessons, they are open for business and have been trying to be for a week.

                  Regardless, I too would have felt badly for the couple at the table next to miss.foodie and would have come away with an entirely different experience had that been me.

                  1. re: miss.foodie

                    Headed to Noble few weekends ago for brunch... sigh. Didn't find the parking garage till I had already street parked - no biggie, Hubby had the tuna sandwich, I had the cold plate, water for me, very late coffee for him. Took forever for coffee and than the bill but not too bad. No indication of a drink menu etc so I stuck with the H2O when all I wanted was a mimosa but didn't feel comfortable asking if they served them (probably my bad more than theres) Cold plate was OK not great chicken was raw in the middle and nothing really stood out but like I said nothing bad per se. Hubby's Tuna sandwich was good, salad was uninspired. Total bill over 40 bucks- what the heck?!! Love paying for good food hate having water and mediocre food and paying that much. Never again... just reaffirms my resolve to avoid Bowness until it re gentrifies.

                  2. re: L.Noble

                    Went with my husband last night for my birthday to Notable. We were very excited as we leave close by and are definitely missing good restaurants in the neighbourhood (recommendations anyone....). unfortunately I was a bit disappointed...I knew it was the second night so wasnt expecting much from the service but didnt have a pleasant experience. Spent in total 2.5 hours for 1 starter and 1 main each and I think we would still be there now if we hadnt walked to the bar to pay....I saw a few tables coming after us and leaving before us with starters and mains as well so got a bit disappointed....also I wasnt very impressed with the menu, I thought it lacked originality....I actually struggled to find something I fancied!! the food was good but nothing special...my husband s beef tenderloin arrived cold on his plate....

                    we will return there in 6 months time, leaving them time to adjust!

                    1. re: L.Noble

                      We had an early dinner last night (arrived 5:30) and found both the food and service to be stellar. Two apps and two mains, total time 1-1/2 hours. Maybe they need to stagger the reservation times more, it's a pretty big restaurant, not much you can do if everyone orders within a few minutes of each other.

                      The rotisserie on Saturdays is chicken (not my favourite thing) so we had halibut (excellent, large thick portion perfectly cooked with fingerling potatoes and yellow beets) and Galloway striploin with asparagus, and some kind of puree, also perfectly cooked. I found the lobster rolls a bit meh but the tuna tartare was great - fresh, lightly seasoned and came with what was called ratatouille but was more like a chutney. Delicious.

                      The prices were really, really reasonable for the quality and taste - our entrees were $27 and $36, apps $12 and $15. Wine was reasonable, starting at $28 a bottle. I hate places where bottles of wine start at $50, I just have beer. They have casual items, burgers and the like for around $15. If it were more conventiently located I'd go there ALL the time. I noticed they have lamb on the rotisserie on Tuesdays (yum), I'll have to keep that in mind.

                      1. re: hsk

                        My husband made reservations for us on Friday night at 7:00 pm as he assumed the restaurant had been open for a week. Overall, the atmosphere was a controlled chaos. We were seated promptly but failed to get menus for about 15 minutes. Our server stopped by and greeted us warmly, we ordered a carafe of Q still water ... but no menus. Water dropped off promptly with the requested wedges of lemon and then our server disappeared.

                        We finally flagged down another server for menus and told "If I can find any". ???? not enough menus? I looked around the room we were sitting in and no one was reading a menu. Finally, my husband flagged down a gentleman who appeared to be a manager and he found us two menus, beautifully bound in soft leather,with the Notable logo on it.

                        I ordered the rotisserie chicken sandwich as I wanted something light, and Mr S ordered the double cut pork chop as that's one of his fave entrees. We ordered a lobster salad starter to share. The lobster starter arrived an hour after we were seated, and was EXQUISITE. Delicately seasoned lobster salad on tiny brioche buns, topped with micro greens. Definitely my fave thing on the menu.

                        Then .... we waited for our entrees .. waited ..... waited ...... at hour 2 we received our entrees with profuse apologies from our waitress and the gentleman who gave us our menus. My sandwich was full of fresh and flavorful ingredients - organic roast chicken (white meat, slightly dry I must say), a spicy mayo, fresh, RIPE tomatoes, butter lettuce on freshly baked focaccia. To be totally honest, the sandwich was slightly *meh* - I could have made this thing at home with the right ingredients, it seemed somehow slapped together and didn't quite come together. The accompanying fries were great - the type of potato used carmalized slightly while frying and they were delightful. My husband's pork chop was massive with wonderful sides of asparagus, squash, and scalloped potatoes. He was, however, slightly disappointed - the server had promised a "very tender pork chop". it was overall quite chewy, though the flavour was very good.

                        Now, here is where we were impressed with Notable - my husband mentioned to our server the pork chop was quite chewy and she took it off our bill; she seemed cognizant of the fact that we had waited for a long time for our meals and Mr. S was disappointed. Service speeded up a bit ( someone had to find us a dessert menu - again, "If I can find a menu!" ?????) and we had an amazing Stilton Cheesecake (really folks, order it you won't be sorry) with rhubarb compote and I had the Flourless Chocolate Cake with Chocolate sorbet. My dessert was heavenly but I recommend it be shared as it was overall quite rich - the sorbet was more of a gelato.

                        Total time from being seated to leaving: almost 3 hours. As we walked away in the setting sun our thoughts:

                        Yes, we would return. Yes, the prices are reasonable and we like the the added bonus of free parking, plus it is close to our home. The staff though overwhelmed, remained pleasant and it was a nice touch to remove the pork chop from our bill. Most places we've encountered in the same situation were ... "Oh, sorry to hear that. I'll mention it to the kitchen". yes, we like the room - very spacious and we liked we could hold a private conversation without anyone in earshot. Yes, we liked the staff uniforms - casual jeans and very cool t-shirts with with a pitchfork, fork and the Notable logo (I want one!!!)

                        We'll probably return next month - hopefully they'll have more menus printed up! Two thumbs up from us.

                        1. re: sweeterpea

                          Went for lunch today... great food.

                          The place was almost completely full, on a Tuesday at noon. It was a genius move to put a higher quality restaurant in the NW, there is virtually no competition aside from Redwater.

                          The rotiserie chicken was rather incredible.. must be that wood oven. Sadly the fries were not fresh and were overdone. Can't win em all.

                          The spinach salad was beautiful as well, with strawberries pickled in balsamic, something I had never come across. Balsamic strawberries yes, but the pickling (with red onions also) changed the character a little. They were delicious.

                          Really friendly service, but I'll have to agree with other posters that the timing was a bit off. The server seemed to be there when we didn't need her and nowhere when we did. Although they seem to have hired local neighborhood staff, not the slick servers you encounter at more expensive restaurants downtown, and I appreciate that. Hopefully they'll get in the groove.

                          Great value though, the bill came to $50.00, including a shared dessert and some exceptional tea to finish (cherry rose sencha.. tasted like turkish delight).

                          As I'm ten minutes from the place, it'll pretty much be my go-to from now on. Looking forward to trying the brunch.

                  3. I'm an acquaintance of his daughter and through a bit of sleuthing, I found http://www.notablerestaurantworks.ca/ so it looks like something is in the works.

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                    1. re: Bobatt

                      Great find! Thanks, Bobatt!

                      1. re: John Manzo

                        Michael is searching for a Calgary lease space. The talent these days is going to make him crazy (in a bad way!) 6 years ago June, Michael hired a man from Japan, brought him to Catch, he couldn't speak a word of English. Hayato Okamitsu just made Executive Chef, Noble will be proud!

                        1. re: ChefsMenuTasting

                          I think you mean Chef de Cuisine,

                          The executive chef at the Catch should be Brad Horen. Don't get me wrong Chef the Cuisine is pretty much the Executive Sous Chef or the second in command in the kitchen.

                          I have never meet Hayato san, but I am happy for him to make it this far in this short period of time

                          1. re: wine guru

                            I've heard from a valuable source that Brad has now relocated to Vancouver Island. It all happened pretty quickly as in the past couple of weeks.

                            1. re: nosoup4u2

                              It's true.

                          2. re: ChefsMenuTasting

                            Hayato actually moved from Japan to Vancouver first and worked under my dad at Diva at the Met at the Metropolitan Hotel. Then when we moved to Calgary for Catch, Hayato came too.
                            Hayato's my favorite!

                      2. Noble is still here in Calgary and ready to do his own spot from what I hear. I heard that the location is going to be near Eau Claire. I think its going to be called "Notable"! I'm sure it won't be a huge space, but it will be nice to have him back in the game so to speak.

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                        1. re: DrZiggy

                          it's not going to be near Eau Claire but you got the name right...

                        2. here's a little update...

                          http://mynotabledad.wordpress.com/

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                          1. re: L.Noble

                            Hmmm- Montgomery- interesting location. Bowness is set to become the new Inglewood.

                            1. re: L.Noble

                              Thanks for the update & congrats to your Dad :)

                              1. re: maplesugar

                                L.N. the last update to your blog was in April... any more progress on NoTable? =)

                                1. re: maplesugar

                                  Just checked and there are 2 blog updates ,1 in July, and 1 in September.

                                  The July post indicates a November opening

                                  1. re: newJJD

                                    whoops missed that - Thanks newJJD

                                    1. re: maplesugar

                                      there's actually going to be another blog update soon because the possesion date was continuously delayed and we finally just received notice
                                      the restaurant will likely be opening 4 months after the middle of october..

                                      1. re: L.Noble

                                        Seems like that's a chronic problem in Calgary - usually permit holdups. Sorry to hear NOtaBLE is having the same issues. Looking forward to the eventual opening. Keep us posted :)

                            2. Just a little bump.
                              Michael Noble was interviewed in Avenue (May 2010).
                              The dead-tree version has food pictures.
                              Notable opens next month at 4611 Bowness Rd. N.W.
                              http://www.avenuecalgary.com/articles...

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                              1. re: cancowboy

                                Drove by today...the sign is up, two seperate gated patio areas and they are trying for a soft opening next weekend...finally!!

                                1. re: ChefsMenuTasting

                                  According to Noble's Facebook posting, they are trying to open tonight (Aug 4). Between permits, Atco, and HVAC systems there have been numerous delays. I don't have anything planned for dinner, so my fingers are crossed that they'll be open!

                                  1. re: nutellaluvr

                                    There is still an issue with the HVAC on Montgomery Place so NOtaBLE is not going to be open for dinner tonight.
                                    The best place to check for updates on the status will be the facebook page.

                                    1. re: L.Noble

                                      Just checked the facebook page and they're officially open for lunch today.
                                      Definitely going to check it out this weekend.

                                      1. re: katericht

                                        Looking at the hours - I assume they are open for brunch on weekends? Does anyone know?

                                        1. re: shopwinedinefine

                                          They are open for brunch on the weekend, the sign out front confirms this. We were told there would be brunch-y items to accompany the regular lunch menu, mind you we were told this on opening night.

                              2. My husband took me to NOtaBLE tonight for a very belated birthday dinner (my b'day is in December). We didn't have reservations so we went around 8pm to see if we could get in. We got two seats at the bar directly in front of the rotisserie with a perfect view of the kitchen. I definitely think these are the best seats in the house (though it does get a bit warm).

                                We started out with the grilled flatbread with olive tapenade. I had a glass of red sangria and my husband had a bourbon with coke. The flatbread was great. The sangria was....meh. No fruit other than an orange slice on the rim and not sweet at all. Not bad per se but not what I was expecting.

                                For our mains we shared the mussels and frites and the halibut with panang curry sauce. Both were excellent. The panang curry sauce was so good. The halibut was cooked perfectly and served with fingerling potatoes, golden beats and spinach. The mussels were served in a creamy sauce with bits of tomato, onion and chorizo. I think the weakest link of the mains was the frites. They are precooked & heated when ordered (or at least I think they are.....I saw a big plastic bin full of partially cooked fries). They are still good but not stellar.

                                We finished the night with the stilton cheesecake which was divine. I insisted we get it though I think my husband wanted something else. He changed his mind quickly and tried to move the cheesecake to the other side of him so I couldn't reach it!

                                The service was quite good tonight. Our waitress had not tasted some of the dishes so my questions of "should I have this or this" were useless. The kitchen seemed to have everything under control though Michael Noble was doing quite a bit of cooking. We were our of the restaurant by 9:45 and we had lots of time to just sit and watch the kitchen. We didn't feel too rushed or like we were waiting.

                                Overall an excellent experience and we will definitely be back.

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                                1. re: Merry113

                                  We also went to Notable last night and I'm pretty sure I watched the bartender make your sangria and your husband's bourbon and Coke :)

                                  We got there around 7:30 and there were no tables available so we decided to go have a drink at the bar and wait until something came up. After snacking on the roasted almonds they set out on the tables we decided just to order and eat at the bar. We started with the flatbread, I ordered the half chicken and my SO ordered the pulled chicken sandwich.

                                  The good...

                                  I asked if the bartender could make me a French 75 and he said "I don't know how, but I can certainly find out" and he pulled his iPhone out and searched for the recipe and whipped one up no problem.

                                  The flatbread was great and my chicken was delicious. It was smoky, juicy and perfectly cooked.

                                  I thought the prices were great considering the quantity and quality of the food.

                                  A couple of gripes...

                                  The menu said the half chicken comes with fries and I asked if I could substitute a salad. The bartender then told me that the chicken actually come with vegetables and the daily potato. I figured that was even better but, when the dish came it was, in fact, served with fries. Not a huge deal since the fries were delicious!

                                  The SO didn't love his chicken sandwich. When I asked how it was he shrugged and said "It's ok. It tastes like a chicken sandwich I guess." I tried it and his description was pretty spot on. Nothing too special, just a chicken sandwich.

                                  Our appetizer came out quite quickly after we ordered, but 2 minutes after they put it down, our meals came out. The man who brought it (I assume he was the manager) apologized saying it had been 'one of those nights.'

                                  It seemed like there were A LOT of wait staff just kind of hovering around not sure what to do with themselves.

                                  Overall, I enjoyed it and would go back again.

                                  1. re: Bananna85

                                    OK Bananna85 I'll "bite"...what is a "French 75"? [smile]

                                    1. re: Bob Mac

                                      Oh it's only the greatest drink ever created!

                                      It's gin, lemon juice, sugar (or Cointreau) and champagne.

                                      1. re: Bananna85

                                        Milk Tiger Lounge makes a killer French 75!

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                                        1410 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R, CA

                                        1. re: alau2

                                          Milk Tiger Lounge. I just told some people about his new menu...they are in disbelief.

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                                          1410 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R, CA

                                        2. re: Bananna85

                                          Yummy! I will have to remember to try one of those! I saw the chicken sandwich go out & it does look pretty bland. The guy sitting next to us at the bar said that the burgers at NOtaBLE are really awesome. He must be from the neighborhood b/c he said he's eaten there 4 or 5 times since they opened.

                                          1. re: Bananna85

                                            Good to know that someone in the service industry would try and please their customers. I made something very similar at home one time...but with Stoly and frozen concentrated pink lemonaide with the cointreau and champagne. We called it a pink flamingo...it was very tasty. Champagne and gin or vodka are great combos. I hope I get the same bartender when I go.

                                      2. re: Merry113

                                        Isn't this how traditional Belgian fries are done? Half-fried and then finished before serving? I'm pretty sure that's what Catch (oyster bar) does and they have the best fries I've had in Canada, just about.

                                        1. re: John Manzo

                                          Quite possibly. Our fries just weren't that hot and they weren't that crispy. They still tasted good but I can't say they were anywhere near the best fries I've ever had. It could have been that our order sat too long waiting for the mussels or some other factor that may have made them less "great" than they would normally be. Either way....it wasn't that they were bad, they were just the weakest link in a really great meal.

                                          1. re: John Manzo

                                            Agreed Dr. Manzo, that's how fries are traditionally done. Emeril Lagasse also recommends this method.

                                            1. re: nutellaluvr

                                              You need to remove the water from the fries or they tend to burn if you try to cook them from raw and they will also take a very long time. Crispy fries made in house can be very tricky because it has a lot to do with the age of the potatoes and how long they have been warehoused.

                                              1. re: ricecake

                                                I am so excited about NOtaBLE and the way they are pulling things together. I called for a reservation today and was told that "Unfortunalty ...we are full for reservations tonight, however we only reserve half the room every evening and that the other half is always held for "walk ins". Please know that you can find the entrance to the 2 underground levels of complimentary parking just down the back lane. She also explained that the walk in tables have been selling out by 5:45pm and that she expects that those tables would be for sale again around 7:30 or 8pm?!" I enjoyed the conversation...did try my luck at 7:30pm and was seated right away...the restaurant was full and fabulous!

                                        2. Had dinner there tonight, I can say it is a very nice and cozy place. After all it is a Michael Noble's restaurant, it can be sure the food is going to be amazing.

                                          I usually avoid new opening for any restaurant, I like to wait until everything move smoothly before I can make a comment about the place like 3 to 6 months,,,but I just can't wait to try this brand new place of MN.

                                          I had a 4 course market tasting menu with the 3 oz pairing, the food is all full of flavour and texture, the lamb loin main course was the high light of the evening.

                                          However the service have a lot of issue, you can tell they still have a lot of adjustment to do, I got there at 5 after 7, and the first person that notice I was there was 15 minute later, but that's ok, it's give me a lot of time to decide what's on the menu.
                                          If you are in a hurry I don't think it would be a great place to go right now, may be give them a few more months to do the adjustment.

                                          7:30 first course arrive with the pairing, they didn't explain what the wine is or what the food is, may be just me, I like my server tell me what's on the plate and why this wine, good thing I ask to keep the menu so I can study along the way.
                                          First course is a seared gravlex salmon, very tasty.

                                          Second course is a pot of seafood soup, mussel, bass(I guess) since no one explain again, btw it's all cook to perfection, I did ask them to get the main course ready when I was half way done my soup, I have no problem waiting, but 45 minute to get through 2 course is little out of it.

                                          Main course arrive at 10 after 8, no cutlery, ok I will ask for it, then he realized steak knife will do better, No problem, I wait again. When the knife arrive, wait a minute, where is my main course pairing??? Oh boy I get it, I am dining by myself, I don't have any body to talk to I just watching every body running around in the kitchen, that will keep me entertain right??

                                          May be I am too harsh, but if the manager can only come out the line like "isn't it dynamite salmon" or "that's taste dynamite isn't it" ,,,I shouldn't expect more from the staff.

                                          I will go back for the food for sure, but I will make sure I have more than 3 hours to spend instead of 2 hours for dinner, I mean I have spend 6 hours for dinner before for super fine dining, but for casual dining like this, it shouldn't be that long of a wait in between.

                                          1. Made it for brunch last weekend. When I called to reserve she said they had filled their reserved tables but always saved some for walk-ins. We had no problem walking in at 10:30. In fact, they weren't close to full as long as we were there.

                                            There are a few breakfast dishes as well as the lunch menu. I had the salmon hash, very good though a little low on the promised corn and peppers. The poached eggs on top were cooked perfectly. My toast was amazing. The server said that most breads are made in house but on the weekend they get some breads from Prairie Mill. Good choice.

                                            Husband had the burger of the day which was lamb with cambozola. He liked it. The bun looked like challah or some sort of egg bread. Should be a good choice for a burger. He said it was soft yet fairly sturdy though it did soak up a lot of juice. His fries were excellent!

                                            Our service had some rough edges. We got our food in really good time but husband had to ask for utensils. I really don't understand why they don't have an espresso machine. The server said to let my tea steep for a while. I should have checked it sooner. They may put too much tea in those individual pots but by the time I drank mine it was so strong it could have removed paint. I used a whole glass of water to thin it.

                                            We are so happy to find a place that serves high quality food at a reasonable price in a comfortable setting.

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                                            1. re: sharonanne

                                              Tried Notable for the first time last night. It was really good. Prices were nice for Calgary. The veggie pizza was a waste. Flatbread right out of the eighties..really soggy. Lamb Shank was excellent but the risotto was average. Good service, nice room and close to home. Will be returning for sure.

                                              1. re: Busted Flat in Marda Loop

                                                We stumbled on Notable by accident and were quite excited to find it. The room is beautiful, but that is where it ends. The service was mediocre and the food was bland. My husbands bouillabaisse was a thin broth with about three small pieces of fish (one half of a shrimp and two pc. of white fish). The spinach salad has speck ham that was going rancid! That finished me off. Also, looking around the room, despite the good menu, they just didn't seem to have a good execution of the food.

                                                1. re: bakerbear

                                                  We've been to Notable three times now, being in our "hood", and each time had very good food and service. I'll agree that not everything on the menu may be perfect but I find it very hard to believe he would serve rancid bacon. Did you not send it back?

                                                  My fave so far is the rotisserie chicken. I was disappointed in the duck breast carpaccio appy, due to the miniscule portions (3 razor thin slices, maybe 5g of meat... literally), but everything else we've tried has been top notch. Nice to have a good restaurant nearby finally!

                                                2. re: Busted Flat in Marda Loop

                                                  The crab/shrimp bake was great, not mayonaisey like at all, but we had to ask for more bread. The chicken confit ravioli size (taster $15) was 5 smalls raviolis - very buttery and tastey, but @ $3 each? a bit much, I thought. Flourless chocolate cake was excellent.

                                                  My only real complaint was the service time. 2.5 hours from entry to dessert on the table (not bill received!), during a week night. I will go and try it again though.

                                                  1. re: TSAW

                                                    Tried this place last night. Told on the phone that they had no tables left to reserve, but that we could get one immediately if we just walked in. Arrived twenty minutes later to be told there's a half-hour wait. We were offered glasses of wine while we waited, always a nice touch.

                                                    In short, the food was strikingly underseasoned but otherwise well-prepared, albeit not very interesting, and not cheap. The room was pleasant but very noisy, and the server was good when we were lucky enough to interact with her, which was very infrequently. When the bill came we'd been charged for those glasses of wine we were offered while we waited half an hour for our table.

                                                    We won't be returning.

                                                    1. re: ChrisA

                                                      I have some clients whose office is in the area so thought I would try this place for a pick up lunch order. Ordered the night before and when I asked to make sure to add cutlery was told they don't have any. They did say someone would buy some in the morning so I thought that was a nice touch but it also shows I may have been one of the first for takeout orders.
                                                      On the website and here I kept seeing and hearing about this oven for roasted chickens. I order 6 quarter chickens lunches that come with salad for $15 each and add 6 various drinks for $3 each.
                                                      Well the food was good but we were all very hungry after. Poor value in my opinion for food that didn't stand out. It was also served in a cardboard type container which should be replaced. Also the drinks come in bottles and it was lucky I had my swiss army knife in my car to open them.
                                                      I will return for a meal in the dining room since I'm in the area frequently but who knows when that will be?

                                              2. Went last night... wasn't really impressed. The atmosphere is gorgeous and I did like their take on not having bottle water. The staff were very nice.

                                                Big issue was with it being so contemporary. It was like Earl's (yes I know Noble worked for them, that's why I'm referencing it) but 25% more expensive. It didn't have an edge or any sort of uniqueness to elevate it beyond the nicer chain restaurants. Plating was predictable, the menu played it very safe. No wow factor.

                                                My dish was horrible as well, actually so was my gf's. Both were under salted which IMO is unacceptable. What surprised me was that they had little bowls of salt at the table as though they knew we'd have to add more which I didn't quite get. Now on the menu it says "Fiocchi noodles, natural cured bacon, cambozola cheese and english peas" which sounded wonderful. It neglected to mention that the whole thing was overwhelmed by a tomato sauce and cherry tomatoes. Completely unnecessary. It should have said tomato somewhere on the menu. Like I was saying, it played it safe. Really, the listed ingredients with a splash of olive oil would've been spectacular. Westernizing it with generic tomato sauce ruined it. Also, barely any bacon, was halfway through before I got my first piece.

                                                Desserts were overpriced. I can't bring myself to pay $9 for a creme caramel that costs pennies to make. That's a pet peeve of mine so I'm not holding it against them. Speaking of pet peeves, the giant Bocuse d'Or framed medal and certificate when you first walk in is pretentious. When you're big enough to have your own restaurant named after you, skip the showboating, we all know you're good. At least keep the trophies somewhere more discreet.

                                                Anyway, I'd go back if someone else wanted to try it, but not for myself.

                                                1. I hate to tag this one right after my last review but went there for lunch and, again, was let down.

                                                  Went with the chicken/gouda/arugula "grilled cheese" as it's described on the menu. I don't know why they put the grilled cheese in quotation marks because that's exactly what it was. I should've taken a picture. When it arrived, everyone at the table kind of just stared at it for a minute because it looked like two slices of bread that had been put in a panini press and dumped on the plate. It was so flat and measly looking, you couldn't tell it had anything in it, and they couldn't even take the time to cut it in half and put one side on top of the other. There it was, one flat, uncut, small, wonderbread looking sandwich. The filling was tasty but it reminded me of the welfare sandwiches I grew up on where if I put more than one thin slice of ham on I'd get yelled at.

                                                  We shared dessert this time. Wow... for $9 we got a small scoop of chocolate sorbet and a cold (menu said hot) little brownie which I couldn't tell if they were trying to make a lava cake but forgot it in the oven.

                                                  I seem to have the worst luck, the rest of the table enjoyed their meals, quarter chicken and lamb bolognese. Still overpiced though and the portions very small. To top it off, this time our server was belligerent saying we could only get beers by the pint (it's lunch, I don't need a pint thanks) and 5 minutes later the table behind ours got half pints. He didn't bother checking on the rest of our meal or ask how the dessert was.

                                                  I'm no longer on the fence about this one, I'm going to tell people it's not worth it.

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                                                  1. re: piano boy

                                                    My husband and I had a great dinner at Notable. We sat at thebar for almost 2 hours (stubbornly waiting for a table). We watched almost every dish on the menu come out of the kitchen. We noted that nothing came back in the 2 hours we watched them cook. It all looked great.

                                                    We had some duck proscuito - yummy.

                                                    We were sad that they were out of prime rib by the time we got a table but I settled for the lamb and did not regret it. My husband had a rib eye and loved it.

                                                    Dessert was neat. Stilton cheese cake. I had it with some port - wow. nice

                                                    Overall very good. Will wait a bit till it settles down before we go again but will definately go back..

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                                                  2. Thought maybe this was bumpworthy; went to Notable on Friday evening and was able to walk in around 8 PM and got a table for 4 without a reservation and a 5 minute wait.

                                                    However, the food was excellent for our group. The mains were salmon with tomato risotto, halibut with fingerling potatos, grilled ribeye with frites and I had the best 'beef on a bun' in history. The are featuring a stampede inspired menu and it included a crab/fish corndog, donuts for dessert and the Beef on a Bun- Braised shortrib and the bun was homemade brioche with seared foie gras. Simply amazing! We also shared some housemade mini donuts for dessert and they were delicious.

                                                    Anyways we all were raving about the food and the place was packed so you should try to get down there for the stampede themed menu.

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                                                    1. re: crazy_eoj

                                                      We walked in at ~7pm on a Tuesday without reservations and were able to sit at the bar along the rotisserie... very interesting to watch the food prep. Overall seems to have good potential, but it was very disappointing that the leg of lamb special-of-the-day was served lukewarm rather than hot. What's with that?

                                                      1. re: altavino

                                                        Love sitting at the bar, have taken it over a table a couple of times. My wife and I had one particularly memorable evening sitting right on the end by the wood fired grill. We got to watch our meals bein prepared, chatted a bit with the grill chef (a petite woman who was absolutely manhandling the charcoal shovel and grill implements) and had a brief,but lovely chat with chef Noble. If you are a curious food fan I'd recomend doing this at least once.