If you’ve reached your 15th anniversary in Montreal’s restaurant industry, you’re definitely doing something right! Verses restaurant, part of the Antonopoulos Group is situated below Hotel Nelligan on Saint Paul Ouest in Old Montreal. Their dining room had a makeover, giving Verses a fresh, new look, and they held a media night to celebrate their 15-year milestone.
Our evening started with an impressive cocktail dinatoire, with Moet champagne flowing and servers making sure our glasses never reached the point of empty! There were plenty of bites passed around, including scallop ceviche, brioche with foie gras, veal tonnato, lobster with pineapple, and more. All you had to do was ring for champagne, but the many waiters filled our champagne flutes before we ever had a chance to ring.
We sat down to a four-course dinner which started out with Verses’ take on Rockefeller oysters. And wow, were these oysters delicious! There were three oysters to a serving, each topped with a crispy broiled bread crumb and parmesan crust. If that wasn’t enough, the plump oysters were also dressed with salty prosciutto and Sortilège. We’re not particularly fond of brown liquor but we adore Sortilège, which is a Canadian whiskey and maple liquor.
The risotto was very different, as it was served with pickles. Yes, pickles! The risotto itself was creamy and suited for spring, with bright, green peas. On top of the risotto, were shaved ribbons of fennel, which was mildly sweet from the right amount of roasting, and a thin ribbon of pickle. It sounds bizarre, but it paired with everything on the plate perfectly. The ribbon of pickle was very thin, so you were not struck with overpowering acidity, instead, it brought enough acidity to balance the sweet peas and fennel.
We then enjoyed the leg of lamb, the lamb was braised to the point where a knife simply wasn’t necessary, it just perfectly came apart with your fork. And it was quite originally topped with a sticky, sweet date that we loved, and the lamb sat on polenta, which was creamy and well-seasoned. The au jus around the plate soaked into the polenta for added decadence.
Dessert was last and it was made for chocolate lovers. The chocolate cake was moist, the creamy ganache was a deep chocolate flavour, and the little dollops of lemony-mint mousse were great to lighten the rich dish.
Lasting 15 years in the Montreal restaurant scene, is truly a testament to the team behind the restaurant. As part of their celebration, Verses put together a little cookbook which includes recipes of past and current menu items. We were lucky enough to get a copy at the media night and you can get a copy as well through their website, click HERE if you’re interested. Happy 15th Anniversary Verses!
Our Rating: Splendid
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