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Fried Watermelon? Really?

If you had told me that fried watermelon would be the (so far) stand out dish of 2018 I would have thought for sure I was dreaming. Fried? Watermelon? How is that even possible? I still don’t know how it’s done, but I do know that DaiLo (voted one of the top 100 restaurants in Canada 2018) makes a damn good dish of it. That dish alone is reason enough for them to be a top 100 contender. The fried octopus tacos sealed the deal. DaiLo was amazing.

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The pork hock was a mild dip. But that was our fault. It was just too fatty for our tastes- even though that is how it is supposed to be. Although the sauce was not that great either. The jellyfish slaw (which I had considered getting as an app) was a knockout though.

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Our last dish was the babyback ribs and oh man- they were amazing. It was impossible to compare them to previous ribs we’d had because they were that different. They were topped with a delicious sauce that was unlike anything we had ever tried. We were back in knockout territory. Completing the experience was the old fashioned cocktail I had with a fancy whisky in it. Oh and the service was great.

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~Finally!~

Up next in our rotation was the Top 100 list aka Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants*. All these years I’ve lived in Toronto, having walked by Nota Bene so many times and yet I’d never been. Now was my chance. Once our dishes arrived it absolutely made sense why it had been voted one of the best. You could tell the dishes were made with high quality ingredients. That being said, they kind of played it safe. Yes the dishes were good and well-prepared but they were by no means memorable or outstanding. All I can remember a month later is that my dish had rabbit in it and noodles.

We did also get to knock off another from the 1001 foods list: burrata. I was all for a cheese dish. When I saw that it was served with zucchini though I was quite skeptical. Turns out that it just tastes like cucumbers. All my life I did not know this. But I guess it’s never too soon to learn? The ratio of the dish was off. The main ingredient (based on the menu title) should have been the buratta, with just a touch of all the other stuff. Not the other way around. There were moments when I was eating just zucchini.

Looking at a photo it would appear that we had also ordered a charcuterie board. It was THAT not-outstanding.

*it has inexplicably disappeared from the list since I first came across it and now I am wondering what list I had been reading

 
 
 
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