The setting—a stone-walled room overlooking the hubbub of rue St-Paul—may be the most romantic in the Old City, and the food here is almost poetic—especially the pan-seared elk. There is almost always a scallops dish on the starter menu, perhaps served as ceviche, and mains include hearty meat dishes such as beef tenderloin, as well as lighter fish and seafood fare like butter-poached halibut with lemon ricotta gnocchi. The rooftop terrace is lovely, especially if
you're enjoying Verses' signature drink: clear sangria. Weekend brunch is elegant, with à la carte options galore. If you were wondering about the restaurant name, it comes from the fact that the Hôtel Nelligan is named after the Romantic Québecois poet Émile Nelligan, and Verses is the hotel restaurant.