Nota Bene - Fabulous!
Is driving 10 hours from Washington, DC to Toronto to dine at Nota Bene worth it? My husband and I say, "yes!." We dined there last night (Saturday evening) and enjoyed a fabulous meal with impeccable service. (Ask for Rachel).
My husband started with the Yucatan Hot and Sour Soup which was light, yet complex, flavorful and delicious. while I started with the Crisp Duck Salad. Wonderful. We asked our server to pair wines with every course, and she and the wine steward made excellent selections. We were glad we'd turned over the wine choices to these knowledgeable pros - this upped the experience of our dinner.
Our main courses were divine: husband had braised beef short ribs and I had charred wild digby sea scallops, my entree perfectly paired with a glass of 2005 Montelupa di Giacomo Aschenri wine from Piemonte.
We split a dessert - Quebec Yogurt Panna Cotta with blueberry compote. I sipped a dessert wine which was heavenly: 2006 LH Select Cabernet Franc from Fielding Estate while my husband enjoyed a Makers Mark, neat.
The place was packed and full of energy, yet you could hear each other without any problems. The tables aren't too close together.
Service was paced very well. Professional, friendly, expert.
For the quality of food we enjoyed and the paired flights of wine, Nota Bene did not disappoint. Easily deserves its reputation for superior dining, in our opinion. We left vowing that when we're next in Toronto, we'll eat there, again.
Easily a 5-star recommendation. This restaurant is tops!
Can't be more agree! Nota Bene was just wonderful. One of the best experiences we had ever. The food is amazing, the service is very professional and attentive, the ambience is lovely and the only thing we’d wish to improve is the level of noise when the room is close to full. But again it’s probably the new “cool” thing for the younger generation to have it kind of noisy :). Overall it’s outstanding experience.