We were staying at the Hotel Nelligan in early December and decided to have dinner in one evening. Verses Bistro is right there off the hotel lobby. The décor is elegant, cosy and warm with lots of dark wood and twinkly Christmas lights at this time of year. It really sets an intimate, relaxing mood. It was Monday night so not very crowded, which I also enjoyed.
I ordered the filet mignon which came with what the menu described as a "bone marrow and herbs potato purée, sweet peas and truffle". I asked for the meat to be done medium-well, which I know is often an abomination for good chefs everywhere, but it arrived just as I asked and perfectly done. It was seared beautifully, seasoned impeccably with salt, tender and flavourful. I think it is the best filet mignon I've ever had. I still dream of it... My dinner companion really just wanted a salad. The waitress kindly explained that salad is on the lunch menu only but she and the chef conspired to create a lovely large mixed green salad with thin slices of veal, shavings of parmesan cheese, pumpkin seeds and even an egg. Needless to say, it was thoroughly enjoyed. We only drank Eska sparkling water so we can't comment on what appeared to be an extensive selection of wines. Overall it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and I would definitely make a beeline for Verses next time I'm in Old Montreal.
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