We hadn’t been to Verses in years, it’s located in the Nelligan Hotel, in Old Montreal. It’s a traditional French restaurant that isn’t trendy and new, but a classic of the area. We were there for a baptism, as they have a great venue for events so this menu is not their regular menu but an event menu, nonetheless, it gives you a good idea of what the restaurant serves and its style.
We started with shells stuffed with mushrooms in a sage and thyme butter sauce, this was our favourite dish. The pasta wasn’t dry at all, which is rare considering that it wasn’t drowning in sauce. The shells were delicate and the sage and thyme butter sauce enhanced the taste of the mushrooms instead of drowning them. A parmigiano crisp added texture to the dish as did the few pine nuts scattered on the plate. A lovely start to our meal!
A simple salad done properly is always a treat! The mesclun salad at Verses was just that, the greens were crisp, the cherry tomatoes perfectly ripe and the sherry vinaigrette tied everything together quite well. The salad was covered in a generous amount of percorino shavings, which paired well with the copious amounts of red wine that we were drinking.
The veal was cooked to perfection, a gorgeous medium rare served on a creamy potato purée in a cipollini onion veal au just sauce. This was our favourite of the two main dishes provided. Served with asparagus, carrots and zucchini that still had some bite to them, we hate overcooked vegetables, they were great but they needed some salt.
The roasted black cod was cooked until flaky but not mushy, on a red bell pepper pesto purée that was good but not as good as the potato purée served with the veal. The quinoa lacked pizazz so though the roasted black cod was as a good as the veal, it’s skin was even crispy which we love, its adornments were not as good as the veal. It came with the same trifecta of vegetables as the veal: a carrot, zucchini and asparagus.
Apple pie sounds rather boring but it was delicious at Verses. It was an individual little tart with large sugar crystals and a scoop of vanilla ice cream flecked with vanilla bean. A great end to our meal, we enjoyed it with a cappuccino made with Toi et Moi coffee – a lovely treat! Verses is a French classic in Old Montreal, fabulous for events, and it most certainly beats the usual hall-fare.
Our Rating: As Expected
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