Saturday, March 26, 2011

Pork Sundays

4611 Bowness Road NW
After leisurely running 11k on a chilly Sunday morning, I headed out to NOtaBLE for some brunch. The place was definitely hopping when we arrived shortly after noon. We were told seats were only available at the bar in front of the kitchen unless we wanted to wait. I was hungry, so we sat at bar. I actually enjoy sitting at the bar. You can see all the exciting action up close. 'The chef grabs the bread, unsheathes his knife and in one smooth motion halves the helpless bun. The crowd goes wild! Chef - 1. Bread - 0. It stood no chance.' 
I ordered the eggs Benedict. It was a simple dish but oh-so-amazing. Perfectly poached eggs sat over a slice of ham on a piece of super soft squishy english muffin. Hollandaise sauce drizzled over the tasty sandwich. The eggs benny was served with a side of crispy hash browns. The potatoes were cut to thin little shreds and fried to a golden brown. So good. 

My mom had the salmon hash. It was pretty good, really flavourful. Decent portions. She was unable to finish it, so being the great son that I am, I cleaned it up for her. Rotisserie salmon laid over a bed of crispy golden hash with tasty bacon, corn and bell peppers and finished off with two poached egg on top. It was really good. The salmon could have been a little fresher but good overall. 

Some of you may be wondering why this post is called 'Pork Sundays', some of you may have just realized this. And I'm sure some of you could care less (and if that's the case, the you can skip the rest of this paragraph). So basically, there is a featured rotisserie served every night and Sunday night happens to be pork. As we waited for our food to arrive, we watched in amazement three juicy pork belly roast spinning over the soothing fire (kinda like watching the Yule log on TV). Grease drip from the delicious golden meat, sparks were flying (literally), love was in the air. I will definitely have to go back to check it out!

Atmosphere: 8 out of 10. Bustling atmosphere. I thoroughly enjoyed sitting at the bar. If that's not your thing then make reservations. Early too. Seems like they fill up really quick.
Food: 10 out of 10. Everything looked delicious! I want to eat it all! On nom nom nom.
Presentation: 7 out of 10. For a brunch dish, the presentation was above average. It didn't look like it was slapped together in an assembly line of cooks. Clean cutlery. 
Price: 6 out 10. Pricier than other diners such as Nellie's... But it's well worth it.
Service: 7 out of 10. After the initial slow service, the staff picked up their game and service was top notch.
Overall: 9 out of 10. NOtaBLE. Where amazing happens. 

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