Veritas likes to keep it local. On a recent visit we start off with the daily soup - a puree of green peas with bacon. While I'm not usually a fan of peas, this beef stock-based soup was comfort in a bowl and I suspect fellow diners could hear the scraping sounds coming from me trying to savour every last ounce.
Next was a green salad. Nothing to write home about, although the locally sourced lettuce was super fresh and crispy.
For my main, the buttermilk and honey-glazed chicken was hands-down the best fried chicken I've ever had. It may not be the best looking chicken breast, but was incredibly tender and moist. The batter was a herb mixture with a lightly sweet honey taste. All fried chicken should taste like this one at Veritas.
Sadly, the Braised Venison Osso Bucco (pictured at top) was under-seasoned and a bit bland. The roasted butternut squash it was served with was delicious though -- sweet, smooth and creamy goodness.
The Nova Scotia Lobster Lasagna with Vanilla Foam was the best dish of the night (even eclipsing the chicken). It came with perfectly cooked pasta sheets, fresh lobster, watercress, cheese and an excellent sauce reduction. We really couldn't taste any vanilla, but it was still excellent anyway. Unlike traditional lasagna, it wasn't heavy and every bite was as good as the next.
For dessert, we couldn't resist tasting the homemade Four Layer Carrot Cake with Marscapone and Brownbutter Frosting. The cake was perfectly moist and the cream cheese icing not heavy or overpowering.
The milk chocolate and fresh fruit parfait on the other hand was a miss. There was something not quite right with the texture of the mousse. It was grainy instead of smooth.
Still with dessert, the Maple Crème Brûlée was good but standard -- eggy, creamy and slightly maple sweet with crisp burnt sugar top that was light and crunchy.
A few other notes....Their wine list has a good selection of reasonably priced VQA wines. Service is attentive but the kitchen snail slow. Even though the restaurant was half full on a Saturday night we still must have waited 30 - 45 minutes between our appetizers and mains.
Photos by Michelle See.