After a year of planning and careful restoration at the historic National hotel in Inglewood, The Nash is finally here ~ Chef Michael Noble’s new restaurant and bar.The first sign that you’re in the fiercely hip neighborhood of Inglewood (Calgary’s answer to Abbot Kinney) are the tightly trousered, tattooed and mustachioed Men Of Off Cut Bar.The next is the terrarium on the bar. Because you’re not part of the Inglewood cool kid club if you haven’t picked up at least one from Plant, a shop that is devoted entirely to succulents and air plants. If you’re wondering, yes, I acquired mine weeks ago, but I can’t seem to grow a mustache, even if it is Movember. However, I digress. Back to the opening party.The very-Vancouver room (created by very Calgary interior designer Sarah Ward) was jammed with hundreds of well-wishers for Chef Michael Noble, including Calgary’s Mayor Naheed Nenshi. A little different from the shady Whiskey Row crowd, back when the National was known more for bar room brawls than hotel guests.Iron Chef challenger and GQ Magazine’s Golden Dish award winner (for his Stilton Cheesecake), Michael Noble has a long history of deliciousness at wonderful restaurants, including Diva at the Met in Vancouver, Catch and the Oyster Bar in Calgary, and, of course, his first solo venture in Bowness: Notable.
Congratulations on your new restaurant, Chef! The drinks and apps last night were lovely. Full menu service for lunch and dinner start today.