Nota Bene, a new restaurant near I.P. Pavlova, is a very modern and hip non-smoking place. It's evident that a lot of work has been put on designing the interiors, but the style, which I unilaterally call "Scandinavian", gives it a bit of a human touch. The music they play is of the inoffensive kind, though if you pay a bit of attention you'll be able to listen to gems like Sly & The Family Stone or a lesser known song by James Brown. Even when it is empty you can imagine the young, modern, hip crowd that could fill it in the evenings. You know, the kind where the boys wear their jeans halfway down their asses (really, is there a more stupid fashion that that?) and the girls, well, I never pay too much attention to what the girls wear, I look at other things.
This is the kind of place that only a couple of years ago would have served fajitas, hamburgers, Ceasar Salad, Tzatziki (even in winter, of course) and something Italian or Fusion, which you could have washed down with Stella Artois, Hoegaarden or Leffe, because that would have been modern then. Not anymore, it seems.
Nota Bene doesn't have a menu in the usual sense. According to the owners, all the ingredients are sourced locally from small producers and farmers and the daily offer is based on what they've been able to get. Beer, of course, reflects this approach. Instead of a pseudo-belgian lager brewed in Prague the Brazilian way, and a couple more imported brands, there are six taps that pour stuff from small Czech brewers. Two of them are stuck with the outstanding Únětice 10° and 12° and at the remaining four you can see names like Matuška, Třebonice, Strahov o Kocour, among others. In other words, some of the most modern names in the current Czech brewing scene.
Nota Bene is a modern place that doesn't follow a fad. There's not denying that beer list wouldn't be so interesting without the success of the čtvrtá pípa and the multi-tap pubs, but you can also see that this restaurant has a concept and the beer model was chosen not only because of its popularity, but also because is the one that best fits into this concept.
I won't lie to you, I doubt I will ever become a regular of Nota-Bene. However, I still hope it will be successful, I want it to do great, not only because behind it there seems to be people who really want to do things well, but also because I want its concept, beers included, to catch the attention of people in the restaurant business who will see it as something worth copying or even taken to a new level. I hope Nota-Bene is the beginning of a new trend.
Nota Bene - Restaurant & Beer Point
Mikovcova 4 - Prague 2
+420 777 251 449
Mon-Fri: 11-23, Sat: 12-23
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