My first meal was at Volt headed by Brian Voltaggio famous from Bravo's Top Chef and Top Chef Masters. I've always thought that the Voltaggio brothers were some of the most talented people to appear on that show. After seeing them, I have definitely wanted to visit their restaurants. Unfortunately, none of them are close to where I live. Luckily for me, Mr. M&P is awesome and planned our trip around such restaurants. Yes, you read that right. He planned the trip around our food destinations. Isn't that awesome or what?
Our meal start with an amuse bouche from the kitchen. This was a beet macaron with foie gras and carrot powder. It was really good. Super light and just melted in our mouths. It left us wanting more immediately which is basically what an amuse bouche is supposed to do; that is, to whet your appetite.
For his appetizer, Mr. M&P has the hubbard squash soup with granny smith apple, black trumpet mushrooms, and late harvest apple vinegar ($10). The soup was incredibly smooth and creamy. It felt rich without being heavy. A really lovely first dish.
Oh and if you're wondering, yes Chef Brian Voltaggio was in the kitchen that night. However, we were told that he was experimenting with some new dishes. Instead, Chef de Cuisine Graeme Ritchie was heading the kitchen that night. He was actually on Top Chef Masters along with Chef Brian as the sous chef. He is certainly very talented as well and the meal we had that night showed it tremendously.
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