Saturday night I went with two girlfriends to Notable for dinner. As usual Notable was hopping for a Saturday night. and there was a lot of people in line, but the staff made us feel welcome. While were waiting, the manager made sure we had a cocktail in our hand to make the wait a pleasant experience. One of the things that first stood out to me about Notable was the incredible attention to customers. Although, the restaurant was packed and the line to get in was long, the staff did an incredible job of making sure everyone in line was taken care of and comfortable
Once we were seated and the manager took time to explain the gluten free options on the menu. Most items at Notable can be made gluten free and in fact they carry gluten free pasta and Care Bakery bread. We decided to share a bunch of dishes including a gluten free pasta.
Our first course included the Seared East Coast scallops with grilled romaine hearts and a bacon & caper dressing as well as crispy potato rolls with rotisserie pork, Jalepeno Jack Cheese and salsa veride. Both dishes were so delish! The scallops were cooked amazingly and the crispy potato rolls were a treat, they reminded me of a fancy spring roll which I haven’t had in years, but of course way better.
Our second round included the Dungeness crab and shrimp bake with wilted spinach, aged cheddar cheese and gluten free toast as well as More Gluten Free rigatoni, artisan bacon, cherry tomatoes, green peas and Cambozola cheese. Ok fair warning, if you don’t do well with dairy take your enzymes. I’m paying for all of the cheese , but boy was it worth it. These two dishes were amaziiinnnnggg!
We decided to order two more dishes…guess we were really hungry that night ha. So to end the evening we ordered the oysters and pork belly with a lobster claw in a coconut green curry sauce. The oysters were so light and fresh, probably should have started with them. The last dish was a rich pork belly topped with a butter poached lobster claw with a coconut curry cream sauce. Yep definately had to go to the gym Sunday but honestly, our evening Saturday night was so worth it. It has been a long time since I have been to a restaurant in Calgary with impeccable service and wonderful gluten free options. Honestly the more I travel, the more I realize that a lot of Calgary restaurants who are busy don’t treat their customers very well. Often I feel as though the attitude is we should be lucky to get a table. Well at Notable this is the furthest thing that you will find. I love how welcoming the staff was and how great our evening was.
While dining we found out that Chef Justin Labossiere is part of the driving force to the amazing gluten free menu. He’s now bumped to the top of my list for favorite chefs ;-) Most of the menu is gluten free and all of the desserts are gluten free, how awesome is that. Ever heard of More Gluten Free Pasta? This is the brainchild of Chef Justin and apparently it can be bought at Community or Planet Organic, keep your eyes peeled for it and support a local gluten free business.
Honestly Notable is a gluten free dream and to top it all off, it’s now located within the Car2Go area! All my gluten free’ers, head to Notable, you won’t be dissapointed. Let me know how the desserts are, major fail on my part for not leaving room for gluten free desserts.
Keep your eye out for the creator of Notable, Chef Michael Noble when you are there. Also if you are looking for dinner on the go, you can always order Happy Chicken which is an organic, rotisserie chicken served with a side to go. A great way to feed your family a healthy meal when you are in a rush.