Paul Clouet Selection Brut - Bouzy, Campagne, France Volvér Philadelphia Volver Restaurant

Volvér – Anniversary Dinner in Philadelphia

In Destination Dining, Philadelphia, Restaurants by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch24 Comments

We celebrated our seventh anniversary with an epic 14-course performance tasting dinner at Volver Restaurant in Philadelphia. Check out our photos of the amazing meal.

Check out the photos from our epic 14-course dinner at Volvér Restaurant in Philadelphia.
Volvér To Return Volvér Philadelphia Volver Restaurant

Volvér – To Return

We recently dined at Jose Garces’ new restaurant Volver Restaurant to celebrate our (gulp) seventh anniversary.

As a disclosure, Daryl works for Garces Group, the company that owns Volver Restaurant. While it was an easy decision for us to choose Volver Restaurant for our anniversary dinner, it would be difficult to express a totally unbiased opinion of the meal experience. So, as a service to our readers, we have decided to allow our pictures to speak for themselves.

The 14 course Performance Tasting Dinner (with an optional beverage pairing) at Volver Restaurant is a ticketed affair – something unique to Philadelphia dining.

Daryl Checking out the Volvér Wine Menu Volvér Philadelphia Volver Restaurant

Daryl checked out the wine menu before we decided on the Beverage Pairing curated by sommelier Gordana Kostovski.

Volver Restaurant is located in a dramatic, large windowed room on the first floor of the Kimmel Center in the heart of center city. The open kitchen gives all diners, including us, a front row view of the kitchen action.

Chef Natalie Maronski in Action Volvér Philadelphia Volver Restaurant

Volver Chef de Cuisine Natalie Maronski

Volvér Sous Chefs in Action Volvér Philadelphia Volver Restaurant

Volver Restaurant Course 1 and Bread Service

Course 1 - Ham Stand, Siberian Surgeon Caviar, Carnitas Popcorn, "Deviled Egg" Duck Liver Mousse and Bacalao Takoyaki Volvér Philadelphia Volver Restaurant

Course 1 – Ham Stand (not pictured), Siberian Surgeon Caviar, Carnitas Popcorn, “Deviled Egg” Duck Liver Mousse and Bacalao Takoyaki

Volver Restaurant Course 2

Course 2 - Tsukiji Market Fish with Horseradish Cream, Pickled Mustard Seeds, Fennel and Green Apple Snow Volvér Philadelphia Volver Restaurant

Course 2 – Tsukiji Market Fish with Horseradish Cream, Pickled Mustard Seeds, Fennel and Green Apple Snow

Volver Restaurant Course 3

Course 3 - Milk and Cereal with Rice Flakes, Quail Egg, Bacon, Chicken Oyster, Truffle, Thyme Marshmallows and White Asparagus Milk Volvér Philadelphia Volver Restaurant

Course 3 – Milk and Cereal with Rice Flakes, Quail Egg, Bacon, Chicken Oyster, Truffle, Thyme Marshmallows and White Asparagus Milk

Volver Restaurant Course 4

Course 4 - From the Garden with Live Lettuce from Luna Farm, Carrots, Pistachio Purée, Curried Raisins, Cauliflower, Goat Cheese Dirt, Meyer Lemon Purée, Duck Skin Crumble and Almond Milk Crisps Volvér Philadelphia Volver Restaurant

Course 4 – From the Garden – Live Lettuce from Luna Farm, Carrots, Pistachio Purée, Curried Raisins, Cauliflower, Goat Cheese Dirt, Meyer Lemon Purée, Duck Skin Crumble and Almond Milk Crisps

Volver Restaurant Course 5

Course 5 - Sardines with Bottarga Mayo Eggplant Purée, Smoked Pepper Purée, Garlic Chile Oil and Chorizo Powder Volvér Philadelphia Volver Restaurant

Course 5 – Sardines with Bottarga Mayo Eggplant Purée, Smoked Pepper Purée, Garlic Chile Oil and Chorizo Powder

Volver Restaurant Course 6

Course 6 - Live Sea Scallops with Ham Broth, Favas in Salsa Verde and Caviar Volvér Philadelphia Volver Restaurant

Course 6 – Live Sea Scallops with Ham Broth, Favas in Salsa Verde, Caviar and a Pork Trotter Seaweed Ravioli (not pictured).

Volver Restaurant Course 7

Course 7 - KFS (Kentucky Fried Squab) Fried Squab with a Biscuit, Celery Root Slaw, Gravy, Corn and Hot Sauce. Volver Restaurant

Course 7 – KFS (Kentucky Fried Squab) – Fried Squab with a Biscuit, Celery Root Slaw, Gravy, Corn and Hot Sauce.

Volver Restaurant Course 8

Course 8 - Petit Pois with Pea Butter Volvér Philadelphia Volver Restaurant

Course 8 – Petit Pois with Pea Butter

Volver Restaurant Course 9

Course 9 - Monterey Bay Squid with Green Curry-Coconut Tapioca, Hearts of Palm, Date Purée, Coconut Bubbles, Kale Juice and Pineapple Mint Volvér Philadelphia Volver Restaurant

Course 9 – Monterey Bay Squid with Green Curry-Coconut Tapioca, Hearts of Palm, Date Purée, Coconut Bubbles, Kale Juice and Pineapple Mint

Volver Restaurant Course 10

Course 10 - Veta La Palma with Seasonal Fish, Shrimp, Bomba Rice, Fumet, Nasturtium and Espelette Volvér Philadelphia Volver Restaurant

Course 10 – Veta La Palma – Seasonal Fish, Shrimp, Bomba Rice, Fumet, Nasturtium and Espelette

Volver Restaurant Course 11

Course 11 - Beef on Embers with Wagyu Cooked on Embers, Beet Root Crema, Provoleta, Salsa Criolla, Charred Pepper Purée and Nury Potatoes Volvér Philadelphia Volver Restaurant

Course 11 – Beef on Embers – Wagyu Cooked on Embers, Beet Root Crema, Provoleta, Salsa Criolla, Charred Pepper Purée and Nury Potatoes

Volver Restaurant Course 12

Course 12 - Blossoms and Berries with Elderflower Panna Cotta and Whipped Blackberry Volvér Philadelphia Volver Restaurant

Course 12 – Blossoms and Berries – Elderflower Panna Cotta and Whipped Blackberry

Volver Restaurant Course 13

Course 13 - Carrot Cake with Milk Chocolate-Hazelnut Sponge Cake, Candied Baby Carrots, Coconut-Lemongrass Gel, Carrot Sherbert and Coconut-Labne Mousse Volvér Philadelphia Volver Restaurant

Course 13 – Carrot Cake – Milk Chocolate-Hazelnut Sponge Cake, Candied Baby Carrots, Coconut-Lemongrass Gel, Carrot Sherbert and Coconut-Labne Mousse

Volver Restaurant Course 14

Course 14 - Chocolate in Textures with Caramelized White Chocolate Mousse, Brown Butter, 72% Venezuelan Chocolate and Liquid Gold Volvér Philadelphia Volver Restaurant

Course 14 – Chocolate in Textures – Caramelized White Chocolate Mousse, Brown Butter, 72% Venezuelan Chocolate and Liquid Gold

Volver Restaurant Bonus Course

Bonus Course - Petits Fours Volvér Philadelphia Volver Restaurant

Bonus Course – Petits Fours – We took this course home to enjoy later in the week.

For those who may be interested, here’s a list of the beverage pairing served with our dinner. More than just wine, we received glasses of the following:

  1. Paul Clouet Selection Brut – Bouzy, Campagne, France
  2. Takasago Ginga Shizubu Junmai Daiginjo Sake – Hokkaido, Japan
  3. Can Feixes Seleccio Parellada/Macabeo/Chardonnay/Malvasia – Penedés, Spain
  4. Hidalgo La Gitana Amontillado Sherry – Andalucia, Spain
  5. Domaine Du Petit Métris Les Fougeraies Chenin Blanc – Savenniéres, France
  6. Ichtegem’s Grand Cru Flemish Red Ale – Belgium
  7. Robert Eymael Mönchhof Riesling – Mosel, Germany
  8. Chad Pinot Noir – Carneros, California
  9. San Fereolo Valdibà Dolcetto – Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
  10. La Spinetta Bricco Quaglia – Moscato D’Asti, Italy
  11. Madeira – The Rare Wine Company – New York Malmsey Special Reserve – Madeira, Portugal
Paul Clouet Selection Brut - Bouzy, Campagne, France Volvér Philadelphia Volver Restaurant

Paul Clouet Selection Brut – Bouzy, Campagne, France

Madeira - The Rare Wine Company - New York Malmsey Special Reserve - Madeira, Portugal Volver Restaurant

Madeira – The Rare Wine Company – New York Malmsey Special Reserve – Madeira, Portugal

Ichtegem's Grand Cru Flemish Red Ale - Belgium Volvér Philadelphia Volver Restaurant

Ichtegem’s Grand Cru Flemish Red Ale – Belgium

Volver Restaurant is located at 300 South Broad Street, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA 19102, United States.


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      Thanks Mike. We should get together for cheese and/or dinner soon!

  1. I’ve eaten at two of Chef Garces other restaurants, Amada and Tinto, and loved both my meals but Volver looks like a totally different realm. I’ll definitely have to visit on my next trip to Philly!. PS.I also had the Hidalgo La Gitana Amontillado Sherry at Amada and it completely changed my thoughts on sherry- what complex flavors!
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      Well, let’s just say that we were happy to have a mile walk home.

  2. EPIC food porn. You guys take great food photos…the passion for the dishes comes through. I’m hungry.
    P.S. Happy Anniversary 🙂

    1. Author

      Thanks Holly! We recently got a Canon camera, and this was our first meal with the new camera.

  3. Happy Anniversary! All of the dishes look incredible, and I especially love the name of this restaurant. Thanks to you I did a Google search on “squab,” and now I know a little more about this delectable dinner.

  4. Looks delicious, although the small portions make me wonder if it would all be affordable to a starving student like myself.

  5. Hi guys-I love the site. This dinner looks amazing and Im sure you truly enjoyed yourself. Great layout, colorful, organized and filled with great ideas.

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