It was my birthday and my husband surprised me with dinner at Verve. He doesn't read this board.
I have to say it was pretty good. The waiters were rushed but skilled and attentive. I had venison sausage in a saskatoon demi-glace. The sauce was really good. The sausage patties were nicely undercooked but not exciting. My husband had the calamari in a mango rum sauce. The calamari were not fried (a nice change) and very tender. Again, the sauce was good.
My husband had bison tenderloin in the same saskatoon demi-glace with their potatoes mashed with mascarpone and he was very pleased. I had butternut squash canneloni in a champagne cream sauce which was very good.
My husband enjoyed the dark chocolate mousse which I thought looked pale but he said had an intense chocolate flavour. He likes bittersweet chocolate so that is high praise. I had the MacAllan 12 year for dessert. At least they HAD a good single malt!
The prices were reasonable for the quality although I wasn't watching that carefully. It WAS my birthday after all. The food arrived hot and in a timely fashion. The room is pleasant. We enjoyed ourselves. Maybe the other locations deserve the bad rep but on a weeknight this place is worth a visit. Some people stated the menu at other locations is too long for good results but I noticed a few dishes were served in the same sauce so the menu wasn't overly ambitious.