Nota Bene is contemporary, Canadian mosaic cuisine with a twist of international fusion. I am here to sample the 4 to 7 menu: $4 bar snacks from 4pm to 7pm -$7 thereafter. The after work chic fills this fabulous modern downtown spot. Toronto is always considered as a small metropolis but Nota Bene brings out a New York Zen: farm-to-table, simple seasonal dishes executed with distinctive elegance. Let’s start things off with a Dark and Smokey maker’s mark, maple syrup, house made ginger beer and a twist of lime.
Honestly the price-point is gold, perfect for the after work crowd; today we sampled a bit of everything off the 4 to 7 menu. Hot popcorn dusted with Parmigiano-Reggiano and still moist, shaved black truffle is unmatched in the city. Buttery rich Burrata Pugliese has the softest centre, charred miche adds contrast along with olive oil. If you love pungent, flavourful cheese order the Calabrese olives served with rosemary and Le Rustic.
Calamari a la plancha is out of the world, bursting with umami, xo sauce, coriander and chili oil– love the kick-ass saltiness. Porcini arancini very earthy, hot dusted with Parmigiano packed full of truffle earthy flavour, more so than rice – like that. Salt cod fritters are best on their own, milk and kimchi mayo overpowers the dish.
Buttermilk dark meat fried chicken is dripping with juice, served with an awesomely rich smoked oyster mayo that tastes exactly what is expected. Shoshito peppers are another charred, sticky hot treat. Belly buster sliders heightened with Havarti cheese and maple bacon are the preferred choice: fatty salted pork belly, fruits, ketchup and pickle. I also enjoed Cumbrae’s farms beef sliders, however if one can’t decide and are in love with pork go for the belly busters. Oh and the fries, as always, are outstanding.