My mother’s friend has been gushing about this one restaurant and recommended us to go and give it a try. Finally finding the time, my mother and I decided to make a trip downtown a couple of weeks ago to treat ourselves to an early lunch at Nota Bene, followed by a shopping trip!
Named one of Canada’s Top New Restaurants in Toronto Life and Air Canada’s enRoute Magazine, Nota Bene is a fusion Canadian styled restaurant known for their fresh and seasonal ingredients. At a prime spot, it is located on the artsy side of Toronto where it’s only few steps away from the Art Gallery of Ontario and Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.
Designed by award winning KPMB Architects, Nota Bene is made up of a nice bar and lounge area on the lower level with a clean, modern dining area on the upper level. With the natural light streaming in from the windows and the colourful art hanging on the walls, the whole restaurant had a certain spring ambience that complimented well with the food.
Even though I was very conscious of cutting the tostada so the whole thing wouldn’t topple over, it was a tasty combination of colours, flavours, and texture. Oh so light and oh so perfect for lunch!
Calf liver can sometimes be very heavy and dry, but when I tried a little piece, I was very surprised how tender and flavourful it was.
I usually opt for a lighter choice for dessert, but since my lunch was more like a salad, I decided to go for the sticky toffee pudding. Loved the balance of the cold ice-cream with the warm melting pudding. Even though it was on the sweeter side, it was heavenly!
Sometimes with a lunch that ends up being on the heavier side, a sorbet is the best way to finish. Not only will it satisfy your sweet tooth, it also refreshes the palette.
I really enjoyed every bit of my experience here at Nota Bene from the freshness of the food to the relaxed atmosphere of the restaurant. It was a perfect place for lunch, and judging from the other diners, it looked like a pleasant gathering spot for friends and colleagues.
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Till next time,
180 Queen Street West