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Montreal Restaurants

Verses

  • 100 rue St-Paul Ouest Map It

Updated 07/30/2014

Fodor's Review

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.

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Restaurant Information

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Hôtel Nelligan, 100 rue St-Paul Ouest, Montréal, Québec, H2Y 1Z3, Canada

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Phone:

514-788–4000

Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Reservations essential

Updated 07/30/2014

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By BillJ

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Oct 22, 2011

Verses Review

This place was really good. Great ambiance and presentation of the dishes. DW raved about the salad, which we shared; a “diabolic mesclun, crispy parmesan, pecan crumble.” She had lobster with artichoke hearts, wild ginger bisque and confiit fennel. I had Wapiti (Elk) medallions with roasted parsnip and butternut squash with a honey-pear reduction (Excellent). Our shared chocolate mousse desert was dynamite. Recommend this place.

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Oct 7, 2007

Eggs Benedictine Anyone ?

Went there this Sunday for brunch. Started all nice, with crispy crab cakes and a nice sauce. Then my wife did the unthinkable, she ordered one of the most complicated dish sunday-brunch restaurants can have on their menu: eggs benedictine ! What a mistake ! Not only were the eggs cooked hard (hey chef, or whatever you are, poaching an egg is 3 minutes, not 10 !) but it turned out that this is the first version of egg benedictine that comes ... without

sauce benedictine !!! We returned the plate to the kitchen and asked for poached eggs and the benedictine sauce. 15 minutes later, they came back with the same sh*t, except that this time they had added bacon on top of the eggs. The eggs were still not poached properly and the sauce was missing. Even the waiter was ashamed. Not to mention that of course they had served me first and I had been waiting with my plate in front of me for 15 minutes. My dish was Beef tartare. Well, someone has to explain to the idiot that runs the kitchen on Sundays that steak tartare does not come all dressed and ready, straight from the kitchen. It's supposed to come as a do-it-yourself dish (to prove the freshness of the meat and let the customer adjust the seasoning) or in upper-class restaurants it's being done at the table. We had it by then. Luckily, their waiters were nice and not half as bad as the cook. They told us they'd take the bill. We didn't eat the main course and left. I would discourage every person I know to get there. Not being able to cook eggs benedict and you want to charge me $30 for the whole brunch ? You have to be kidding !!!

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By Michael

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Jul 10, 2006

Overated, tasteless, overpriced...

Shame on the kitchen and the staff at this pretentious, overated tourist trap! Vesides waiting interminably, the fish special was overdone to the point of cardboard, and when returned took almost an hour to replace. The seafood special, lobster(SMALL CLAW), shrimp(one), mussels (puny and taseteless) with a "cream sauce risotto" (try paste!) was an overpriced joke. The service was either haphazard or simply non-existent. A total waste of time and money.

By Patrick

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May 8, 2006

Awesome Atmosphere, Awesome Food, Worth Going Again

Stumbled onto the restaurant on a Saturday night when we did not have reservations for some of the snootier other restaurants in Vieux Montreal. Staff was very attentive but not intrusive; they were very knowledgeable about the food and the wine selections. The food was mouthwatering. The fois gras was perfect - melting in your mouth. We had duck and sea bass - excellent choices. They were filling but not overly so. The deserts were great.

The staff does not try to oversell. Whenever I fit Montreal again, I will go to Verses for a second (and third) helping. The staff is very friendly - the look of the restaurant is great. Worth a try.

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By tam

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May 9, 2005

Very cool restaurant

My husband and I had a wonderful dinner experience at Verses. It has a very cool atmosphere and the bar/restaurant has great flow that spreads into the comfortable hotel lobby. We enjoyed cocktails on a sofa before dinner. (There is a terrace for cocktails too, but not open during our visit) We sat in a fabulous "booth" for our dinner. Usually, I would hate a booth, but this was perfectly curved for two, so we could enjoy each other's company,

and watch the happenings in the restaurant, bar and street. And, we both had a great view. The food was fabulous. Starting with the arugula salad, then entrees of duck and beef. Both were perfect. We even had room for a wonderful molten chocolate cake. Would highly recommend, and can't wait to return. Thanks Gino for the spectacular table.

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