At our last dinner at Verses, several of us agreed that while Sole restaurant had many fine qualities, consistently good-quality food wasn’t one of them. You could get a pretty good meal there. Or you get a pretty mediocre. It was a bit of a crap shoot.
But, anytime I’ve been there for a special wine-food pairing dinner, they’ve always done an excellent job. So I was willing to try their September local food special, which is as follows:
“Sledgers” Organic Micro Greens
… hemp seed and lemon vinaigrette, fresh peaches, “Pingue” natural prosciutto
2009 Semi Dry Riesling 3 oz
… beet marinated, sweet pea and mint puree, pancetta cup
2010 Unoaked Chardonnay 3 oz
Tomato Mille Feuille
… roasted “Elmira’s Own” cherry tomatoes, “Woolwich” goat cheese, puff pastry, dill pesto
2010 Pinot Meunier 3 oz
… Roasted “Brome Lake” duck breast, zucchini fritter, heirloom carrots, red currant compote, cassis jus
2009 Elevation Cabernet 3oz
“Rosenburg” Blue Cheese
… green apple sorbet, pear chips
2008 Cabernet Ice Wine 1 oz
Five Course Preset Dinner $ 50 per person, Wine Pairing $ 30 per person
I have to say, everything was just delicious. The scallop was perfectly cooked. The mille feuille had a great texture and nice balance of flavors. The cassis jus nicely accompanied the medium-rare duck. The green apple sorbet was a highlight of the dessert.
The wines were lovely, too. I wasn’t that familiar with Vineland Estates, but now I’m interested in checking them out. The off-dry Riesling and the Pinot Meunier (wonderful nose on that one) were highlights, but they all worked well. And I’d never had Cabernet Sauvignon ice wine before.
The service was very prompt and very friendly. We are a little spoiled, though, as we were somewhat expecting a full explanation of each dish, but they don’t really do that at Solé. So we just kept asking questions:
- What’s the sauce?
- What are these things on the scallop?
- Which type of wine is this?
- What year is the wine?
And so on. Occasionally our waitress could answer, but very often she had to go running back to get the information. She always did, though.
The only other minor complaint was that the serving sizes could have been a tad smaller, for five courses. But it wasn’t crazy sized, and in the end, the only dish that I couldn’t manage all of was the duck.
So, I’d say this one is a good bet (and a good deal) at Solé. You have five more days to try it out.