Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Volt, Frederick MD

Couple of my friends recently visited Volt in Frederick and loved their food.  So I made an open table reservation and visited Volt for lunch this past Saturday!  It was about 11:50am and they have yet to open so we waited outside with a few others and took some pictures.


The doors opened a little before noon, we proceeded in and the restaurant was very modern looking inside, despite the antique exterior.  We were shown to our seats promptly by a beautiful hostess and greeted by our waiter right away.  We ordered the lunch prix set for $25/person, the meal was excellent!  And the service was impeccable the entire time as well.

We both ordered coffee to start, mine was a cappuccino and his was a specialty coffee with a hint of caramel.  I believe it was called highlander.  It had really good aroma!  Needless to say, we finished the whole pot.

highlander coffee

Then the fresh bread tray was served, we got one of each to try between the 2 of us.  I really like the rosemary herbal bread (dark one in the picture) where he liked the herbal biscuit, but all 3 flavors were pretty good.

2 out of 3 fresh bread

I got the goat cheese ravioli as appetizer, tasted good, but nothing special.  Their plating was beautiful though, I didn't even want to stick my fork in it!

goat cheese ravioli

He got the sheep's milk cavatelli.  He said it tasted pretty good, special pasta like textures with milky taste.  Take a look, doesnt this look like a plate of.....caterpillars?

sheep's milk cavatelli

For the main entree, I ordered the rock fish with forbidden rice.  It was very good use of different textures on one plate.  The rock fish was cooked just right and the forbidden rice added some highlights to the plate, but I liked the pork loin on his plate better!  The pork was cooked perfectly and worked so well with the red cabbage and sweet potato sauces on the plate. 

rock fish with soy 'bubbles'
pork loin, DELICIOUS!!!

Then, it was dessert time!!  My favorite part of the meal because they all looked delicious.  I ordered the textures of chocolate: dark chocolate ganache, chocolate caramel, raw organic cocoa.  It looked better than it tasted though.  Definitely a nice art piece but only the raw organic cocoa was special, everything else was just regular plain chocolate.

textures of chocolate

He ordered the honeycrisp apple: mascarpone gelato, opal basil.  This was an okay dessert as well, nothing special or extraordinary.  Can't complain though, it was also beautifully presented.

honeycrisp apple

Overall, I enjoyed the lunch at Volt and it was excellent food for a good price ($25/person).  A word of advice though, don't go on an empty stomach, the portions are small and you might be too hungry to savor every bite.  The place will be great for a date since it is elegant and the lunch prix price won't break your wallet!  Almost forgot to mention, chef Bryan Voltaggio from Volt was on the show of top chef Vegas and came in second!  Something to brag about if you ever make it in this venue, that is, if you want to :)

228 North Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701

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