I’ve never posted a restaurant review here before, and don’t plan to do much of this in the future, but after our dining experience this weekend I just had to post about it!
For Christopher’s birthday, I surprised him with a mini-vacation to Frederick, MD and reservations at Bryan Voltaggio’s restaurant VOLT. Not only did we eat at a Top Chef restaurant, but we dined at Table 21 (their 21-course tasting menu served in the kitchen of the restaurant)!
This was, without a doubt, the very best meal I’ve ever eaten! The food, the experience of sitting in a real working kitchen, getting to meet Chef Voltaggio – everything about our trip to MD was amazing!
So, have you ever wondered what is served during a 21-course dinner? Wonder no longer! Here we go (click on any of the pictures for a larger image):
1. “Nitro” mint lemonade with crown royal, strawberry foam and mulberries
2. Prosciutto chips and dip
3. Celery root macaroon filled with foie gras
4. Tuna tartare with cilantro, jasmine rice, soy, yuzu and avocado
5. Yellow corn chowder with Maryland blue crab, cucumber and coconut
6. “Chicken Parmesan” with tomato fennel dipping dots and opal basil (picture 1)
7. Cherry Glen Farm goat cheese ravioli with maroon carrots, yellow oyster mushrooms and sage
8. Lobster with butter, garlic, sunchoke and fennel
9. Halibut with cauliflower and white truffle
10. Arctic Char with red onion, potato, cucumber and chive
11. Skate wing with truffle gnocchi and yellow corn (picture 2)
12. Veal sweetbreads with fennel, kalamata olives, capers and meyer lemon
13. Tuscarora beets with goat cheese mousse, watercress and balsamic (picture 3)
14. Red wattle pork belly with calypso beans, carmellini beans and mostarda (picture 4)
15. Border Spring Farm lamb loin ratatouille
16. Pineland Farm beef with yukon gold potato, chanterelle mushrooms and bacon lardon
17. Point Reyes blue cheese with almond, apple, walnut and balsamic
18. Goat cheese cake with blueberry and marcona almond (picture 5)
19. Meyer lemon ‘tart’ with apricot, cherry and basil
20. Textures of chocolate with caramel and chocolate ice cream (picture 6)
21. Assorted chocolates, candies and macaroons
I can’t believe we ate all of it!! You practically had to roll us out of the restaurant!
Honestly, the only thing I really didn’t enjoy was the foie gras. Everything else was incredible! The ravioli, pork belly and halibut were definitely our favorites, though.
I wish we had more restaurants like this in New England!