Table 21 at VOLT

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    Restaurant review for Table 21 at VOLT.

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    I was lucky enough to get 4 reservations to Table 21 at VOLT in early November. The hard part was waiting until January 25th to go!
    As most of you know, VOLT is Bryan Voltaggio’s restaurant. He appeared on season 6 of Top Chef: Las Vegas. He was runner up to his brother, Michael.
    Table 21 is the chef’s table where you get 21 courses that you get to watch as they prepare them in the kitchen.
    Unfortunately, the night we went, Bryan was in INDIA. It was my early birthday dinner so I was pretty disappointed. Although, the food didn’t disappoint :)

    Drink menu at the bar

    VOLTWe had some sparkly before being seated

    And here is Table 21. Literally right next to the kitchen. It’s crazy how quiet the kitchen was. They were really professional and there wasn’t yelling, pots banging, or anything.

    These were 2 of the guys in front of us the entire night at the cold station.

    VOLTLiquid nitrogen!

    Me & Jason

    Jeff & Wendy

    VOLTCourse 1: chips and dip; anchovy, lobster, Greek yogurt, caviar

    VOLTCourse 2: beet foie, citrus

    VOLTCourse 3: mock oyster salsify, oyster leaf, malt vinegar

    VOLTCourse 4: kampachi blood orange, fennel, yuzu, ginger

    VOLTCourse 5: celeriac nasturtium, mustard, ruby grapefruit

    VOLTCourse 6: buratta kale, hazelnuts, lemon, quail eggs

    VOLTCourse 7: ravioli yellowfoot chanterelle, ash, parsley root

    VOLTCourse 8: oyster smoked potato, black truffle, bacon

    VOLTCourse 9: turbot hubbard squash, brussels sprouts, radish

    VOLTCourse 10: lobster cauliflower, smoked raisins, vadouvan

    VOLTCourse 11: maitake steel cut oats, sea greens, yeast

    VOLTCourse 12: venison horseradish, apple, green soy

    VOLTCourse 13: squab parsnip, dates, groats

    VOLTCourse 14: salsify quince, country ham, hazelnuts

    VOLTCourse 15: chestnut vidalia onion, celery, port

    VOLTCourse 16: foie coconut, coffee, chocolate

    VOLTCourse 17: pork shoulder, cipollini onion, sunchoke, braised cabbage

    VOLTCourse 18: lamb, crab apple, dandelion, black walnut granola

    VOLTCourse 19: banana, black sesame, coconut, pineapple

    VOLTCourse 20: peppermint white chocolate, eggnog, gingerbread

    VOLTCourse 21: chocolate and pecan ice cream

    VOLTCourse 22: chocolate truffle, candies, and macarons

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    VOLTThey gave you a “thank you” gift and the menu of what you just ate.

    VOLTThis was what was inside the thank you box.

    VOLTYa know, chump change..

    VOLTUs at the end of dinner :)

    Overall, great dinner experience. My favorite dish was course 7 and my least favorite was course 5. There were a lot of deconstructed dishes, such as course 8. It tasted like a loaded baked potato soup. With course 2, Wendy and I asked one of the guys at the cold station if we could just take the entire bottle of their foie gras sauce. It was so good. The servers were professional. They seemed a little flustered at first. Might be because the group of 4 that was supposed to make up the other half of Table 21 were 2 hours LATE. Everytime you got up to use the restroom, they’d refold your napkin & reset your place setting. Also, you got new forks, knives, and spoons every dish.

    Oh, I should mention that we all thought “psh, 21 courses, this is gonna be easy” cause of how small the bites were going to be. Um, after the 11th or so dish, we were strugs. Haha, and we all barely ate lunch! Another thing I should mention, if you can find a group of 8 people to commit and take up the entire Table 21, do it. It’s better than sitting with 4 other random people who decide to show up 2 hours late and are drunk and obnoxious. Seriously, who comes to spend $150+ and is barely a foodie? It was so annoying. They came 2 hours late and so all the chefs had to start from course 1 with them and the guys were like “oh foam? what is that?” and when asked if they had dietary restrictions, one of the guys said, “well, I don’t like beans.” ARE YOU FOR REAL?! Ugh, so that was the only annoying part of the night. I actually once said out loud to them “wow, can you talk louder?” and that hushed them up a bit.

    With all that aside, I’d definitely come here again, whether it be Table 21 (it’s $150/person) or just the regular restaurant. I just hope next time, Bryan is actually there ;)

    Here’s the link to the restaurant where you can make reservations for regular dining/seating or find out more information. Reservations for Table 21 are taken by phone between the hours of 9am-6pm.

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  • Carrie says:

    Holy smokes! Looks like and amazing night out! Beautiful presentations… I’d be scared to eat any of it… too pretty!

  • Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking says:

    Wow! So beautiful. Hard to choose what looks the best!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says:

    Don’t take this the wrong way but, I hate you right now. hahaha
    A dinner like that is my dream. How amazing!

  • Cassie @ Bake Your Day says:

    WOW WOW WOW. What an amazing birthday dinner. LOVE IT!

  • Elizabeth @ Chronic Venture says:

    ahhhh i am an so jealous!! it all looks so amazing!
    I will definitely have to make the trip there (and the investment) soon!!

  • DessertForTwo says:

    Thank you so much for capturing each and every course! I’m so curious! I loved reading this :)

    • Julie says:

      Sure thang! I’m glad I captured it :) The lighting sucked though :(

  • Amber @ Amber's Confections says:

    Thank you for letting us live vicariously through you and your dinner at Volt! I’ve been a huge fan of the Voltaggio brothers since Top Chef and would love to check out the restaurant someday! Looks like I better start saving some money! :)

  • Steve @ the black peppercorn says:

    That looked incredible!!! Each picture seemed to wow me more than the one before. That would have been quite the experience

  • Lisa @ The Splattered Apron says:

    Looks AMAZING. we went to Volt a year ago for my husband’s birthday and we’re dying to go back, So glad you enjoyed your birthday dinner. PS–Bryan wasn’t at Volt when we were there either. Sad :-(

  • Kathryn says:

    I think I echo everyone above when I say WOW! It looks incredible and your photos are amazing! What I like about a lot of the dishes is that they don’t seem too ridiculously fussy and complicated as you sometimes get in these places but they actually sound like something you’d want to eat!

    • Julie says:

      yes! so true. it wasn’t complicated or too fancy. it was just perfect :)

  • Cat @Breakfast to Bed says:

    holy cow. this looks fantastic.

  • Jen @ pretty plate says:

    What a fun night! I would love to try a restaurant like that.

    : ))
    Jen

  • Rhonda says:

    wow what a meal! I am so sorry it was somewhat ruined by obnoxious people!!

  • cathy says:

    I have been to VOLT on few occasions for lunch. Each time it was a divine and lovely experience for all. But table 21 seems amazing. It is unfortunate you were distracted from such a lovely meal by such rudeness. We were so fortunate to not only have Brian there, but to have Brian help serve our first course. The blush that came over the star struck teen we were with was priceless.

  • jan goode says:

    I’m so jealous that is the most beautiful food I’ve ever seen i i would love to eat there . the jag ;-)

  • Jim Firth says:

    I just experienced Alinea early last month and I think I have a new item for my bucket list. The meal looked awesome. There are lots of people with too much money and not enough class or taste. I would have loved to have had the other 4 seats so your evening could have been flawless!

  • Skye (Skye Loves...) says:

    Looks fabulous. And my, how many lovely courses…

  • RosaLovesDC says:

    Amazing!!!!!

  • nicole {sweet peony} says:

    wow i loved seeing everything! the courses looked fantastic! although just by the look of it, i’m not sure i would have been able to get coure 3 down haha. glad you had a great time!!

  • Tracey says:

    Oh wow, now THAT is a meal!! I loved Bryan on Top Chef, and now I just have to eat at this restaurant someday when I’m in the DC area.

  • Deborah says:

    What an amazing birthday dinner!! It all looks a-maz-ing!!

  • stephanie says:

    Wow. Just wow. That looks like an amazing experience (aside from the loud talking, late-coming drunks). I’m so jealous of this meal!

  • Meredith says:

    Oh my gosh — I had a really similar experience at Volt with fellow patrons being rude. It was pretty crazy and angry-making actually, it sounds like you handled it better than I did. (If you’re curious: http://shampoosolo.wordpress.com/2011/03/28/the-restaurant-project-volt-march/)

    Your blog and photography is gorgeous by the way.

  • Firehead says:

    Excellent review and very nice photos – you were a huge help!

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