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Verses Restaurant Restaurant Review: If Montreal is famous for Schwartz’s smoked meat, Verses’ leg of lamb is its haute-cuisine cousin. It’s braised for seven hours and served with an Ile d’Orléans mustard crust, caramelized shallot, potato mousseline, Guinness cheddar and glazed vegetables. This French contemporary restaurant is located in the chic Hotel Nelligan where chef Laurent Prosper has guests rethinking the notion of a meal. A Greek salad is reworked into a tomato flan, a feta emulsion beat into its creamy core and simple olives on crouton with an onion ring thrown in for good measure. The chef plays with memories of tastes and smells rather than simply mixing and matching ingredients. The romantic atmosphere is accented with soft candlelight reflecting on the grey-stone walls, bricks and giant framed mirrors with their beveled edges simply resting against the wall. If you can, find a seat in one of the spacious mauve circular benches set with pristine white linen and facing street-front Old Montreal and its European-style mood. The wine list favors a French selection from the Bordeaux and Bourgogne regions, as well as American and other international private imports. For those electing a light snack or a drink, they’ll find it here, adjacent to the main dining area in a lounge where a reduced menu of tapas and drinks are on offer.