3.7/5 Foodie Foursome Index
3.5/5 on the Hip Eateries Scale
Mike’s Review: ❤️🎯🐑➡️🍖
This was our second time at Notable, the first time was on our first date 2 years, 8 months, and 12 days ago where Jenna ordered only a salad to appear “lady like” on the date… Well now, the day has come, 2 years, 8 months and 12 days later that that lady has returned a woman to get a real “non-first date” taste of Notable. I was excited, scared, and a little nervous about how the night would go.
The last 3 reviews all had a similar theme of the appies out shining the mains, and Notable continues this trend. The beef carpaccio and potato rolls were divine. We also got muscles and frites, but I am not a big muscles or frites fan so I left those to Jenna.
I got the lamb, which has also been the theme of the last couple restaurants. As I sat here, 18 days later, trying to remember how the lamb was, I realized that it wasn’t that memorable. It was delicious, as is everything here is, but I can’t say much more than that as I had to get Jenna to remind me what I even had.
All in all Notable is delicious and comfortable as always, however, if I had to choose between the two I would always prefer the Nash (their sister restaurant in Inglewood).
Jenna’s Review: 👌🏼👠🍺🏡💰
The first time I went to Notable was the second time that I had ever eaten in front of Mike. As a result I did what any nervous girl would have done, ordered the salad with tuna sashimi and acted like that was a super filling philly cheese steak sandwhich. Unfortunately the portion at Notable was of the fancy variety so it ended up being five leafs of lettuce with five medallions of tuna. So this time around I was excited to give Notable a real try and see what all the chatter was about.
The interior is fairly chic and is what one would expect from a higher end restaurant with modern touches and an open kitchen so you don’t have to question whether or not actual people are cooking your food. We started off by sharing three appetizers, the elk carpaccio, the mussels and frites, and the crispy potato rolls (in order of my favourites). They were all quite tasty and dare I say the best part of the meal, except the frites were not really doing it for us. I also had a Kronenburg (a staple in my social drinking) or should I say most of a Kronenburg as the waitress wasn’t paying attention and filled the glass too full and spilt. She offered to get our lovely new friend a new glass of wine since the beer also spilled into her glass, but did not offer me a new beer, noted.
The dinner was alright. I, like Mike and Naomi, got the lamb and it was alright. The lamb was not as tender as it could have been and it had an aromatic orange and spice flavour that reminded me of potpourri. The vegetables and barley risotto were a nice side but I don’t think I would go back and get the dish again. For dessert I enjoyed a chocolate tart with vanilla bean ice cream. It was good but I realized that I was in it for the crust and ice cream more than the chocolate itself.
Overall I would say Notable was remarkable. Remarkable in the way that I would make a remark about it, and that remark would be “it was aight”. It was exactly what I had expected, a nice meal in a swanky hip atmosphere. In that way it met my expectations. Also we had some super fun and super funny company (I want to host a chip party!) that made it spectacular.
However, the Nash (the other restaurant by chef Noble) is incredible and I would go there all day, every day. If you haven’t gone, stop what you are doing and go, you won’t be disappointed!!
Katie & Naomi’s Review: 👨👩👧👦🤔💸❌🍚
Naomi: “I know you can overwhelmed and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?”
Katie: “I think you can at Notable.”
So, we’d heard a lot about Notable, all positive, so we were very excited to try it ourselves. When, we walked in, our initial impression was positive – nice atmosphere, décor, pleasant service. Our server was prompt and got us excited about the specials. I (Naomi) was talking to her while she was pouring Jenna’s beer into her glass, and I am so exciting she forgot to watch what she was doing and spilled some beer into my wine carafe. She apologized and quickly brought more wine. I like to think I give good conversation!
We were all excited to try some tasty sounding appetizers! We chose the Elk Carpaccio and the Crispy Potato Rolls along with Jenna and Mike’s choice, Saltspring Island Mussels & Frites. When the appetizers arrived, it became apparent that the table was just too small. Glasses were moved precariously close to the edge of the table to make room for the three appetizers. Also, we were so close to our neighbour’s table that the server’s butt almost knocked the glasses over when he was attending to the other table. Needless to say, we were rather cramped.
The appetizers were very tasty and were probably our favourite part of the meal, despite committing my (Katie’s) biggest restaurant pet peeve of not providing enough carrier (in this case, bread toasts) for the intended topping (Elk). I (Katie) would also like to note that the frites were not salted enough, even Jenna agreed.
For our mains, I (Katie) chose the Sterling Silver Flatiron Steak. The steak was served with roasted fingerling potatoes, carrots, and asparagus. Despite the fact my steak was overcooked L, it was still tender and delicious. Jenna even described it as “eating a cloud.” However, I was deeply upset that my potatoes were not salted. Let’s be honest here, potatoes don’t really taste like anything without seasoning and it is pretty basic restaurant stuff to season potatoes. I was kind of disappointed that such a high end restaurant would miss this. The other vegetables were just whelming and didn’t add much to the plate. Luckily, the service was very prompt and salt was brought out to me in no time.
I (Naomi), like Mike and Jenna, chose the special – lamb. It was served with a barley risotto and vegetables. The lamb was prepared well but it didn’t wow me. I was hoping for delicious but Notable did not meet my expectations. I was surprised I really enjoyed the risotto as I am used to my barley mixed with hops and yeast… mmm beer.
For dessert, I (Katie), who doesn’t like cheesecake, chose the Stilton cheesecake with rhubarb compote. As a fan of blue cheese, I was excited to try this. It was actually a very tasty combination and I really enjoyed the rhubarb compote (even though there was not enough of it and I had to ask for more). After a while, the blue cheese did become a bit much and I only ended up eating half of it. My recommendation if you want to try this is to share it.
I (Naomi) tried the crème brûlée for dessert. It was lovely but after having some of Katie’s rhubarb compote, I was jealous of the fruit flavour. Too bad I am not a fan of the Stilton cheese because I love cheesecake.
Overall, the meals were good, but just not really worth how much we paid for them. Neither of us felt like it lived up to the hype and neither of us think we’d return, unless somebody invited us to the restaurant and they were paying. Future dates, please take heed – take us somewhere else. We had a great time with Jenna and Mike (everybody should try to get on A Couple of Couples!) and that was really the best part of the evening. We had so many laughs, all very PG – right guys?? 😉
Emojis – We had a fun foursome, questionable why people like it so much, our money flying away, and not enough salt (pretend the bowl of rice is a bowl of salt, okay people).