NOtaBLE – 5th Wedding Anniversary Dinner
NOtaBLE is one of my favourite restaurants out there and same for my wife, so it was easy to choose this place for Part 1 of our anniversary dinner, on the real day we have something new booked that we haven’t tried yet. It was 7pm on a Saturday and we didn’t have reservations. If you want reservations, they do book half the restaurant and the other half is for walk in. So don’t be afraid to try your luck if you don’t have reservations. Located on 4611 Bowness Rd NW (403-288-4372) with plenty of street parking, you would find this an odd location but all is forgotten once you step into this amazing place. This would be my 2nd time here, Fuzzy wrote a review before for his 5th Wedding Anniversary Dinner here, so I’m writing my take on the food. Funny thing, Joe was our server/bartender/twitter guy again, easy to say, great service, great drinks and good time all around.
The first dish we tried were the Seared East Coast scallops, grilled romaine hearts, bacon & caper dressing, this was given to us by mistake, I actually ordered a different salad, but when it was put in front of me I said, leave it here, it looked so damn good. Flavours were outstanding and as you watch on Food Network, it’s all about how perfect the scallops are cooked and they were just that, perfect. There is a small and a large, I had the small so a large would have been a great meal sized salad. Next up was the Dungeness crab & shrimp bake, wilted spinach, aged-cheddar & toasts, easily a great appy for sharing, nice chunky seafood, delicious taste and it’s going to make it to my table every time I come here. Joe recommended I have the new monthly inspired burger so I had to go with it, plus the fries are awesome and my wife had the Rock crab cake sandwich, togarashi mayo, mango & cucumber sunomono. The burger was just as good as Joe made it out to be, cooked just perfect and all the fixin’s and flavours naturally went great together. My wife was so so with her sandwich, nothing wrong with it though, the flavour profiles of the sandwich just wasn’t for her. So I got to taste a few bites of the sandwich and I understood where she was coming from but must admit it was still pretty good.
In all honesty, if you haven’t been here, you really have to make it down here. It’s a great restaurant with a casual feel. You have people in Jeans and Polo’s to suits and dresses. It’s a great mixture of people and you’ll never feel out of place. Drink of choice is the Kitchen Special, if you’re up for an alcoholic drink this is the summer drink of 2011. I even try making it at home, but it’s never as good at home.
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