Saturday was our day of laziness. (Come to think of it, Sunday will be the same.)
We met up around 11am, took care of some minor shopping details, walked to Café Myriade for some of the best coffee in the city, and then after some downtime, went to the gym and met for dinner.
Dinner was at Nora Gray, which as I’ve already noted, is quite new, having been open for only three months. But this place is pretty special. The restaurant showcases the food your Italian grandmother might have made, and it delivers beautifully.
As you can see from the photo of the space, taking pictures of food in this lighting was pretty much impossible. But all of it looked delicious and tasted quite good.
We ordered stuffed calamari, winter vegetables, meatballs in a light marinara, and a rabbit liver paté for appetizers. The calamari and the vegetables were the winners in this collection, although we felt all of the plates could have had a bit more salt.
Our mains outshone the appetizers, and were delicious. I had cavatelli and wild boar ragout, which was sensational – the dense pasta cooked exactly to the wonderful, chewy texture I love, a dish with restraint and balance. I reluctantly shared.
My friends got pistachio stuffed leg of lamb and sweet and sour rabbit. Had I managed to swipe a bite of either of these dishes, I would say something about them, but this was a rare meal where we were engrossed in our own plates. They were fantastic.
Oh, and we had two bottles of a delicious, light Domaine de Courcel Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2008. Light, yes, but with a balance of fruit and tannins, strawberry, cherry and cassis on the palate. For the occasion, a perfect wine pairing.
Nora Gray is new, and it’s something of a pioneer on it’s stretch of St-Jacques. But it’s a brisk 15 minute walk from Place Victoria, it’s worth every penny and I think it’s going to enjoy a good run.