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Toronto’s Nota Bene restaurant commands attention

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One of Toronto’s most acclaimed restaurants, Nota Bene was named Canada’s best new restaurant by both Toronto Life and enRoute magazines.

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Chef/owner David Lee’s popular eatery opened in 2008 on Queen Street West in a location that draws artists from West Queen Street West as well as the suits from nearby University Avenue.

The principal behind Toronto’s beloved Splendido restaurant, Lee defines his menu at Nota Bene as “Canadian bistro moderne,” which means locally sourced, seasonal ingredients in the service of contemporary Canadian cuisine.

The stylish dining room, a few steps up from a sleek cocktail bar, is a vision of dark wood accented with abstract urban landscape paintings.

Cocktails are as potent as they are creative, while a plate of local white asparagus dotted with shaved summer truffle was a luxuriant nod to Canadian summer.

Desserts include an intoxicating Sticky Toffee Pudding with Pecan Praline and Spotted Dick Ice Cream. Order a second one for the table – so you can enjoy yours all by yourself.