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Thursday, June 14, 2012

VOLT Restaurant: Table 21

To celebrate my birthday, Todd made reservations at VOLT restaurant in Frederick, Maryland (about an hour or so from my house, you might recall that I've run the Frederick Half Marathon twice). VOLT is run by head chef Bryan Voltaggio, who was a runner up on the show Top Chef. I do not watch this show, I only went to VOLT because the food and experience is supposed to be amazing, and it did not disappoint. We were only able to get weekday reservations, since weekends are so busy, so we celebrated on June 12, even though my birthday is actually June 16.

We were seated at Table 21, which is a 21 course menu (yes, I said 21 courses). We also had a wine pairing, so for every 3-4 courses, they would bring out a different wine to try, getting progressively heavier as the courses got heavier. The food was spectacular. AMAZING. Incredible. The courses are small, and there is a break between each course, so it's not as difficult as it sounds to eat 21 courses. The entire experience took about 4 hours, and I was so exhausted at the end! Who knew eating could be so tiring!

I am no photographer, but I tried to remember to take a photo of each course, so I thought I would share it here. I forgot to take photos of a couple of courses, though, so sorry about that!

The view from my seat - you are seated in the kitchen for Table 21 (Bryan Voltaggio
was not there that night, so you won't see him in the photos)
We're ready to celebrate!
Course 1: Chips and dip, lobster and greek yogurt
Course 2: celriac foie gras, apple, citrus
Course 3: mock oyster salsify, oyster leaf, malt vinegar (this was my least favorite
of the night)
Course 4 (Not pictured): beet blue cheese, fennel, sherry vinaigrette

Course 5: (photo forgotten until I'd finished!) jonah crab, cucumber, green mango, coriander
This was one of my favorites!!
Course 6: strawberry caprese, mozzarella, flowers
This was another favorite, I would say top 3.
Course 7: ravioli garlic scapes, maitake mushrooms, marcona almond
Another favorite. Top 3 as well.
Course 8: halibut, asparagus, hen yolk, caper
Watching the chefs prepare the next course
This guy would announce each course after it was put in front of us
Course 9: bass, jerusalem artichoke, maron carrot, sunchoke
Course 10: soft shell crab, daikon, jalapeno, greens
This one was a favorite!
Course 11: maitake steel cut oats, fresh yeast, sea greens
Course 12: sweetbread (a first for me), sunchoke, bacon, kale
What are sweetbreads? I thought they were tasty, but
would probably not order again.
Course 13: salsify hazlenut, country ham, quince (I was part way through
this one before I remembered the photo)
Course 14: foie gras, strawberry, rhubarb, coconut
I don't care for foie gras, but this was spectacular and another favorite,
probably my #1 favorite of the night. It helped that it took them
forever to put it together, so we watched them make this
through like 3 previous courses. That's quite a buildup.
Course 15: pork belly, cannellini beans, arugula, mustard
Yum, this one was so good!!
Course 16: lamb, cauliflower, chick pea, golden raisin

Course 17: beef, kennebeck potato, rutabega, english pea

Course 18: banana, black sesame, coconut, pineapple

Course 19: parsnip, walnut, cream cheese, apple
Really tasty, also a favorite!

Course 20: chcolate, marshmallow, caramel, peanut
This one was also a favorite!

Course 21: macaron, marshmallow candy, raspberry candy, chcolate truffles
Would I do it again? No, because it's too ridiculously expensive, but if someone else was paying for it? Yes, absolutely, in a heartbeat. I hope to someday go back to VOLT so that I can try some of my favorites in a significantly less expensive Prix Fixe menu (fewer courses, bigger servings).

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1 comment:

Black Knight said...

Happy birthday!
Good idea to celebrate your birthday in such elegant restaurant.
Too many courses but this is the right way to celebrate (and remember) a special day.

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