Nota Bene #9 Restaurant in the Country

To start, the service at Nota Bene (http://notabenerestaurant.com/) is impeccable.  Our server was very attentive, never left an empty place and kept our water full. We saw the next table get sliders that are not on the menu and we were so interested that our waiter made it happen for us.

Cumbrae Farms Beef Brisket Burger - maple bacon, oka cheese, buttermilk ranch, pickles
Cumbrae Farms Beef Brisket Burger – maple bacon, oka cheese, buttermilk ranch, pickles

The sliders were juicy, cooked perfectly and full of flavour. Whenever we had a question, the water would get the answer. For example, we wanted to know what kind of wood plank the burgers were presented on. The waiter asked the chef and reported back to us.

The waiters recommendations were on par. Next up. the Crisp Duck Salad.

Crisp Duck Salad - sumac-dusted green papaya slaw, kaffir lime, coriander, taro root
Crisp Duck Salad – sumac-dusted green papaya slaw, kaffir lime, coriander, taro root

The duck sure was crispy, the fatty pieces were the best because they had the most flavour. The taro root were like crunchy thin chips that went well with the salad.

Expected meat with our Cavatelli Pugliese being a bolognese, it was strictly mushroom.

Cavatelli Pugliese - truffle-scented mushroom bolognese
Cavatelli Pugliese – truffle-scented mushroom bolognese

The pasta was similar to a gnocci dish. It was really delicious and light.

Lastly for dinner, we had the Beef Tenderloin. It was cooked perfectly, medium rare. It was so tender and juicy.

Perth County Beef Tenderloin - smashed fingerling potatoes, cotija cheese, salsa fresco, poblano
Perth County Beef Tenderloin – smashed fingerling potatoes, cotija cheese, salsa fresco, poblano

The dessert was sour on the top, with a layer of chocolate mousse and brownie chunks. It was delightful! The sour added to the sweet flavour of the chocolate.

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The only thing I’d like the chef to do better is focus on the plating. I found each dish to be very boring.

Overall Rating 4****

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