Nota Bene...worth it?
My mother is coming from Ottawa for her birthday in November, and I am trying to figure out where to take her. I've taken her to Frank's kitchen before the last time she was in town for her birthday, which she loved. She also enjoyed Woodlot, Sidecar, and Grace. For some reason, her favourite restaurant in Toronto is Kalendar... which I have no doubt we'll go to that week-end anyway!
I was considering Enoteca Sociale (which I've been to and really enjoyed), but worried that it wasn't "celebratory" enough for her birthday, so instead booked Nota Bene. It seems fairly pricey, and after doing some reading on the boards, I wonder if it's worth it. Thoughts? Advice? I am starting to suffer from analysis paralysis!
I haven't been before myself but I hear a lot of talk about it having a real "corporate" type feel.... Based on what she likes, I would suggest you consider a smaller spot.. If you are looking to spend in the range of Nota Bene then maybe consider Splendido. Or, wait for other people who have actually been to Nota Bene to let you know :) I know there are fans here and it is on my list of places to try eventually.
Nota Bene is fine, a little fancy pants and very trendy/polished in that business lunch way. It's what I'd consider a "safe" restaurant.
I don't know if I would bother with Nota Bene...
The ambiance is ok...
I was there for lunch about 8 weeks ago or so. The food was meh -- bland, overpriced.
I had the fish taco salad - the salad itself had no flavour. Taco salad is a bit of a misnomer - it has a few shredded strips of a taco that were deep fried, for crunch. The fish - 2 or 3 small, small piecs of some sort of white fish (maybe 1-1.5oz total) that was deep fried ans greasy -- oil wasn't hot enough.
My dining companion had the steak frites - the steak was overcooked. twice. (she sent it back; it came back overcooked)
How about Volos for seafood? - same general area as Nota Bene
Or Pangea in Yorkville - ot's been about 6months since I have been there for lunch, but the food has always been very good.
I went once a few years ago and haven't been back since. It was ok, nothing great. Not a very warm feel.
I think you're better off going to Scaramouche, especially for a birthday.