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Nota Bene vs Le Select Bistro Toronto

Food on the brain Feb 24, 2010 03:30 PM

Hello fellow Chowhounds,

We are sending a couple for a pre-theatre dinner. Which is the better value/better food - Nota Bene or Le Select Bistro? Both menus look great, both are within walking distance (Princess of Wales). I've read hear that Nota Bene is wonderful, and I've read some good reviews about Le Select.


Thanks all!

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    slants RE: Food on the brain Feb 24, 2010 03:47 PM

    no question ... nota bene

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      estufarian RE: slants Feb 24, 2010 04:03 PM

      Absolutely agree.

    2. Dr. John RE: Food on the brain Feb 24, 2010 04:31 PM

      Nota Bene for sure. If some version of the Yucatan hot and sour soup is on the menu, definitely go for that.

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        phoenikia RE: Dr. John Feb 24, 2010 05:54 PM

        I love many types of Mexican food, and I like a good hot & sour soup, but Yuckatan hot & sour soup is how I would have described the soup I was served at NB ;-) Maybe it's a "love it or not so much" kind of soup!

        That being said, I do like the burger, and any dessert I've ordered at NB.

      2. Rabbit RE: Food on the brain Feb 24, 2010 05:31 PM

        I'm a fan of Le Select, but in this case I'd also be inclined to vote for Nota Bene.

        Le Select is nicely executed, classic French bistro food (with a very good wine list). But Nota Bene is a more interesting, innovative and occasion-worthy destination. And it's closer to the theatre.

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          wontonfm RE: Food on the brain Feb 24, 2010 08:07 PM

          Definitely Nota Bene. Le Select is your standard French bistro that you can have in most major cities. Nota Bene is more innovative and offers a better overall dining experience.

          Crisp Duck Salad is fabulous there!


          1. pinstripeprincess RE: Food on the brain Feb 25, 2010 05:21 AM

            le select uses the same sauce for a couple of their dishes... so i think the more interesting option is definitely nota bene.

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              graydyn RE: Food on the brain Feb 25, 2010 06:13 AM

              Just wanted to mention that in terms of value the winner is still Nota Bene. As I've mentioned before Nota Bene is a great restaurant until the bill comes. Then it's an AMAZING restaurant.

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                Food on the brain RE: graydyn Feb 25, 2010 09:00 AM

                Thanks all!

                Nota Bene takes it hands down, apparently. They even took our credit card to pay for our guests' dinner, so they won't even see the bill. :-) We will definitely have to try it ourselves the next time we're in town.

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