Local Contemporary Cuisine at Nota Bene

Posted: Jan 12 2015

Get Fancy With A Prix Fixe Menu At Nota Bene In Toronto During January and February.

Amidst Toronto’s flourishing and sometimes fickle food scene, at the corner of Queen and University - or, one might say, the cultural nucleus of the city - stands a modern contemporary restaurant with staying power. More than six years after opening in 2008, Nota Bene is still serving the locally sourced and globally inspired dishes we have come to love.

On one of the coldest nights of the season so far, The Chic Canuck went to Nota Bene for a winter escape where we sampled Executive Chef and Proprietor David Lee’s new January Prix Fixe menu. Served in their warm and elegant dining room, paired expertly with wines from sunny California, it was indeed the perfect antidote to the cold weather outside.

The menu offers a Hamachi Crudo with shaved fennel, citrus, olive oil and delightful little bits of puffed rice, followed by a White Corn Soup to start, each paired with a robust white wine. For the main course, your choice of Alaskan Black Cod or Braised Beef Short Rib - we were opted to try both and frankly, I don’t envy anyone who has to make that decision as they were both delicious, tender and flavourful in their own rights. To finish things off, a plate of Artisanal Cheeses was quite appropriate for a wine-themed meal.

Of course, Nota Bene continues to offer our favourites in their regular set menu including the ever-popular Nova Scotia Lobster Salad with avocado, blue cheese, maple bacon and buttermilk dressing (basically all of your favourite foods in one dish); Jennifer's Stilton Beef Brisket Burger; their selection of fresh pastas and an inspired offering of creative raw and seafood dishes.

And last but certainly not least, come January 30th, as in previous years Nota Bene will be offering a much-anticipated Winterlicious menu with an impressive selection of local “farm-to-fork” dishes. For dinner, start with your choice of a vegetarian White Corn Soup; Quebec Duck and Foie Gras Terrine; or Smoked Balik-Style Nova Scotia Salmon with pickled Cookstown beets and arugula.

For the main course, choose between the Sweet Potato and Ontario Ricotta Ravioli, a Grilled Mediterranean Sea Bass or the aptly named “Tongue & Cheek” which features braised Haldimand (Ontario) county beef cheek, veal tongue confit, smoked chili sauce, local dairy queso and potato pancake. Yum! Finally, both lunch and dinner prix fixe Winterlicious menus include an ample choice of desserts. Running until February 12the for the price of $28 for lunch and $45 for dinner, be sure to book your Winterlicious spot early to take advantage of this steal.

A stone’s throw from Toronto’s Theatre District and Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, at the foot of the Discovery District and Queen’s Park, and steps away from Eaton Centre, city hall and public transit, Nota Bene is a great place to go after work, before a show, or for a quiet break from shopping and sightseeing. Take a moment to catch your breath, take in the pulse of the city and enjoy a world class gourmet meal in a classy, yet laid-back setting.

As Nota Bene raises a glass to California Wines, this special menu is available until January 31st, starting at $63, or $93 to include the wine pairing. Worth noting, guests dining with Nota Bene will also receive free corkage for any California wine throughout the month of January. you can reserve a spot for exclusive food and wine pairings with winemakers and sommeliers every Wednesday in the private dining room. There are also weekly draws for a chance to win a complimentary dinner for two.


(Article contributed by Michelle Pinchev)
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