Business partners Sebastiaan de Kort and Kevin Docherty are in the process of launching their latest hospitality venture in Paddington. Taking over the space on Given Terrace formerly occupied by French bistro Montrachet, new restaurant Nota is still in its developmental stages and already it’s tipped for greatness. Both de Kort and Docherty know their stuff having completed apprenticeships under Phillip Johnson and Javier Codina, and with de Kort’s experience turning the now famous The Cheese Pleaser into a roaring success, Nota is in safe hands.
Naturally, given the location’s heritage, Nota has a lot to live up to. But where Montrachet represents the tradition and classicism of the bygone Belle Epoque, Nota is all about the cutting edge of modernity. De Kort and Docherty have been stripping the space back to its barest bones to expect a fresh new interior so there’ll be no mahogany bars, chandelier brilliance, or gilded anything. Instead, Nota will feature a muted, textual palette with exposed brick and monochromatic detailing with none of the rubicund furnishings that made Montrachet iconic.
The name Nota is the Latin word for ‘familiar’, as both Docherty and de Kort aim to create a relaxed and affable environment where guests can share a meal with their nearest and dearest without the confinement of fine dining etiquette. The same goes for the bar, which will offer cocktails, small-batch wines, and a selection of local beers curated by Matt Kirkegaard.
The exact details of what the food menu will entail are currently under wraps but already we’re expecting great things.
Watch this space for more details including an opening date.
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