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Verge review

Susan H | Jan 10, 2005 05:27 PM

Thanks to your input, we avoided World Fusion and Paradigm and went to Verge instead (Sat night). We got there a bit early, before the crowd. Lovely room, and a nice big table for 4. The waiter told us the menu changed on Friday, so I think everything is new (it was our first visit, so I wouldn't know). The green salad is really good -- a light peppercorn dressing, blood oranges, greens, pine nuts, and plenty for 2 to share. DH had the grilled octopus and shrimp app, which came with a good pasta and garlic-based wine sauce. The octopus didn't really taste grilled, but it was very tender. For the entrees, my mother-in-law had the app portion of gnocchi with something (I think shrimp) which she said was terrific, and it was plenty for her main course. DH had the pork loin - ordered medium but it looked rare to me, but he said it was great. Served over a mess of lentils that I would have found boring. I had the Asian hot pot, which was a curried (very spicy Thai-type coconut curry sauce) stew of shrimp, a large hunk of salmon filet, some baby bock choy, a few carrots. The bread was really good, and they happily gave us more. We were underwhelmed by the dessert menu, so didn't order any, but they do a very nice job with tea and coffee (much better than average). The tea is served brewed in one of those iron mini-pots, but unlike Roy's they actually understand how to boil water, so it comes out piping hot and perfectly brewed. The coffee is served in an oversized mug. They are now accepting reservations on Open Table.

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