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

Volver – 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 in Philadelphia. Check out our photos of the amazing meal.

Volvér To Return Volvér Philadelphia Volver Restaurant

Volvér – To Return

We recently dined at Jose Garces’ new restaurant Volver 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Course 8

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

Course 8 – Petit Pois with Pea Butter

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

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

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Comments

    1. Author

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

  1. Wow! The photos certainly speak volumes for this 14 course meal. Everything looks beautiful and delicious. Happy anniversary!

  2. Would it be impolite to ask for 14 courses of carnitas popcorn? I’m pretty sure my wife and I could polish them off on our next anniversary! The culinary skill and creativity at Volver is quite impressive and I’m certain I’ll be dining there the next time I’m in Philly.

  3. 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!

  4. Fantastic photos! 🙂 I used to live in Philly and it is a great city with amazing restaurants. Never made it to volver though.

  5. Happy Anniversary! It looks like you had an amazing dinner. I can’t imagine even eating 14 courses– and is that wine menu on an iPad??

  6. How could you even stand after that! Amazing…Congrats on your anniversary and thanks for sharing it with us!

    1. Author

      Well, let’s just say that we were happy to have a mile walk home.

  7. Happy anniversary!! I can’t BELIEVE that course 3 involved milk and cereal….haha how funny and artsy 🙂 The whole thing looks delicious!!

  8. 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.

  9. After seeing this photos I craved for such delicious food. Congratulations also on the seventh anniversary !

  10. Great photos! I think the squid with the green curry-coconut tapioca would have been my favorite, but everything looks fantastic.

  11. 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.

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

  13. 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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