Update: Unruly Children are NOTable

As Paul wrote in a previous post, NOtaBLE is a wonderful and welcome island in the sea of chain restaurants in Northwest Calgary. Duane and I enjoyed dinner there last night, a regular spot for our ‘date night’ dinners. Sadly however, the normally lively urban atmosphere was brutalized by various families who chose not to keep their children under control. At one table, a toddler screamed constantly while mom and dad ignored the wails. Another extended family enjoyed their dinner while their children ran (yes, RAN) the ‘loop’ of the restaurant squealing and shrieking their way past our table, over and over and over again. Even the servers were apologizing to us. One said, ‘after tonight, I will never have children’.

On the opposite pole to this experience, on a recent visit to Paul and Megan’s in Edmonton, we noticed a trend towards ‘adult only’ dining. What a concept!! What a breath of fresh air!! We dined just off Whyte Ave at a lovely bistro called Accent. Not a cranky child in sight! Signage outside restaurants in The Chuck will often identify the adult only eateries. And other tout signage indicating whether seating is currently available. Brilliant!

If you insist on taking your children for a nice dining experience, please, consider the atmosphere and the people around you. At very least, ensure your children are well behaved – we do not want to listen to them shriek throughout the restaurant. If we did, we’d likely have gone to McDonalds for dinner to enjoy the sights and sounds of their ‘PlayPlace’.

Come on, Calgary! Get with the program! Let’s bite the bullet here and learn something from our northern neighbors (tough to admit I know but this time its a good idea)!

As for our meals at NOtaBLE, I had the Chicken Stuffed Ravioli which was served with chunky carrots and green beans in a rich cream. Delicate and tasty. Duane had the Crab and Shrimp Bake, a nice cheesy concoction which you spoon onto bread rounds. Yummy. The Pear Upside Down Cake for dessert was in fact a very nice gingerbread with pear halves and a dollop of very thick cream. Dinner, as always, was fabulous, but they really do need to do something about the kids.

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A NOtaBLE Lunch

Outside NOtaBLEMere hours after consuming most of a turkey, the FoodBunch had a date for lunch at new and hip Calgary restaurant, NOtaBLE (with capitalization inspired by the last name of executive chef Michael Noble). Located rather unconventionally in Montgomery, NOtaBLE has been drawing a great deal of attention on the Calgary food scene.

Michael Noble’s resume speaks for itself. After running popular restaurants in Calgary and Vancouver, appearing on the original Japanese Iron Chef (Battle Potato), and developing menus for Earls, Chef Noble struck out on his own. Serving comfortable food with a gourmet edge, was this a notable experience, or merely commonplace?

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Review: Craft Beer Market

Craft Beer MarketWhat’s a TwoBunch to do on a random Saturday afternoon in Calgary? Try out a new food establishment of course! With breakfast (and a dentist visit) a distant memory, and dinner at least a few hours off, we ventured to 10th Ave SW to give Craft Beer Market a whirl. We’d heard a lot of things about Craft -that the food was excellent, that the service was iffy, and that the beer selection was staggering. What did we think about the whole experience? Read on to find out.

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