PLAYMAKER
The Playmaker
Let's play
PLAYMAKER
  • It's Monday
    What day is it?
  • Now
    What time is it?
  • Anywhere in Brisbane
    Where are you?
  • What do you feel like?
    What do you feel like?
  • And what else?
    And what else?
  • LET'S PLAY
26° & SUNNY ON MONDAY 27 MAY IN BRISBANE
FOOD & DRINK

Nota Is Paddington's New Fancy-But-Affordable Restaurant with $5 Snacks

Two Moda chefs have moved into the former Montrachet site, serving up "simple yet satisfying" fare.
By Sarah Ward
March 14, 2019
  shares

Nota Is Paddington's New Fancy-But-Affordable Restaurant with $5 Snacks

Two Moda chefs have moved into the former Montrachet site, serving up "simple yet satisfying" fare.
By Sarah Ward
March 14, 2019
  shares

For years, a trip to 224 Given Terrace meant burning a (reasonably sized) hole in your pocket with fine diner Montrachet ranking among Brisbane's pricier restaurants. The beloved French eatery moved shop back in 2017, making its new base on Bowen Hills' King Street — and its former patch of Paddington has welcomed a more casual restaurant.

The latest venture from ex-Moda duo Kevin Docherty and Sebastiaan de Kort (also behind the kitchen at The Cheese Pleaser), Nota serves up seasonal dishes that won't break your bank account. With a focus on "simple yet satisfying meals", according to de Kort, the menu aims to be uncomplicated, accessible and approachable, while still highlighting quality ingredients.

That means snacks from $5, including smoked sesame cheese and semi-dried tomato-topped puffed rice crisps; mains kicking off at $22, like the standout slow-cooked octopus with raspberry emulsion, fennel and citrus; and desserts starting at $12, such as the warm house crumble with vanilla anglaise. Also on offer is a tempura fish sandwich with house tartare, confit pork on toasted brioche, and blinis with caviar and egg yolk, all from the smaller bite lineup. Among the mains, you'll find Brisbane Valley quail with sweet corn polenta and burnt butter, market fish with pipis and caviar, and sirloin with bone marrow sauce.

Nota's decor takes the same straightforward but stylish tact — think exposed brick walls, mirrors aplenty, small but elegant light fixtures, and a palette of white, black and camel.

And drinks-wise, Nota keeps its range small in number but big on taste, spanning a 14-strong wine list, plus beers on tap and draught from Stone & Wood, Balter and Bridge Road. Split into old classics and new house favourites, 11 cocktails are also avalable. Opt for the familiar taste of an Aperol spritz, negroni, margarita or espresso martini, or try a 'Nota Sour' (with Frangelico, hazelnuts and egg white), 'Bloody Gazpacho' (with vodka, tomato, aged balsamic and Tabasco) or 'Smoked Old Fashioned' (with Starward Two Fold, orange and thyme).

Find Nota at 224 Given Terrace, Paddington. It's open from 5pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays, between 11am–3pm and again at 5pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and between 11am–6pm on Sundays.

Published on March 14, 2019 by Sarah Ward

  •   shares
      shares
  • VIEW COMMENTS

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

Tap and select Add to Home Screen to access Concrete Playground easily next time. x