With YYC Burger Week being just less than a week away, I’ve certainly got my work cut out for me as a “Burger Ambassador”. I was tasked with visiting three participating restaurants, one in each of the three price categories ($10 burgers, $15 burgers and $20 burgers) to get a “sneak peek” of the restaurants’ burger creations before the actual YYC Burger Week starts and report back on the YYC Burger Week website so everyone will get a glimpse of what they could expect to savour from each Burger Week participant/competitor.
I was teamed up with my friend and fellow food blogger, Anna (@annasappetite), to visit NOtaBLE -The Restaurant. NOtaBLE was my first stop as a “Burger Ambassador” though not my first YYC Burger Week burger this year as I had tagged along with my friend and fellow “Burger Ambassador”, Carmen (@foodkarmablog), to check out Brasserie Kensington‘s YYC Burger Week creation the evening before.
This year, the special edition ‘NOtaBLE’ burger ($20), for YYC Burger Week, is created by Executive Chef Justin Labossiere and pays homage to French Canadian food. Starting from the bottom, atop of a freshly baked housemade sesame bun is a generous layer of housemade aioli with black truffle shavings, pickled red onions, a wood-fire grilled 7 oz naturally-raised pork & wild boar patty, housemade foie gras butter with madeira and maple syrup, double smoked bacon, oka cheese, local lettuce and tomato along with a dill pickle on top. This burger comes with a choice of side – housemade soup of day, salad or fries. For those seeking a gluten-free version, the pork patty is made with oats by Only Oats, which is certified gluten-free, and the sesame bun can be substituted for a gluten-free bun.
If you’re looking for an all pork burger, this ‘NOtaBLE Burger’ might be the winner! I loved that the patty was thick and juicy and you could really taste the flavour of the pork in the patty. The double smoked bacon was so smoky and flavourful. My favourite part of the burger was the rich housemade black truffle aioli. All the components worked together in harmony to create a well-balanced yet decadent burger.
If you want to try this burger, you’d better hurry! It will be available all day every day but only for the duration of YYC Burger Week, which runs from May 2 to May 10, 2014. After that, you’re going to be out of luck! As a side note, this feature burger creation will be the only burger offered on the NOtaBLE menu for the duration of YYC Burger Week.
If you’re looking for something sweet after devouring this amazing burger, you should try NOtaBLE’s signature Stilton Cheesecake ($10), bruleed with rhubarb compte. Anna and I were both impressed at how delicious it was. Even though I generally love really strong blue cheese, in this case, I liked that the stilton flavour was pronounced but not overpowering. The flavours were really well-balanced and the cheesecake was not overly sweet. It was the perfect dessert to end off our decadent meal.
NOtaBLE – The Restaurant
4611 Bowness Road NW