Restaurants are a bit like cathedrals, and diners are are a bit like communicants, worshipping at the shrine of the god-chef. In that case, Volt is one of the stations of the cross in the gourmet's journey in search of gustatory sustenance - and that means that the experience is more than the physical ingestion of food-as-fuel. Complaining that Volt's portions are small, or that the army serves better food suggests that those critics have missed the point. A communion wafer is not a supposed to fill you up, and Volt's tiny, esoteric portions are not supposed to leave you loosening your belt. Everything from the palaver of securing reservations, the impressive reception, to the detailed instructions issued to diners, to the elaborate serving rituals (the artfully mis-matched plates, the explanations of ingredients and combinations); everything is intended to impose upon the diner the understanding that this is not just a meal, but is a Dining Experience. If you are already a believer in the modern cult of Food then Volt will deepen and reward your faith. If (like me) it all seems a bit silly, then you will find its seriousness all a bit risible. Yes, the portions are minute and the combinations (strawberries, peanuts, ham and cheese?) either surprising, unsettling or faintly nauseating. It's all presented with an earnestness that admits of no whimsy or disbelief. The surprising thing (to me) was that while I found that pleasures of edible foam limited, and some combinations as discordant as I had feared, I did enjoy several of the sensations of new falvours - the raw tuna and avocado was lovely, and the entire experience, though pricey and ridiculous in the manner of its delivery, was enjoyable. But I felt as I often feel in cathedrals, enjoying the results of a belief I do not share. Volt does not easily lend itself to the five-star rating scale. If you think that food should be ingested like this it's obviously going to rate highly. If you think food is just for nourishment, then its pretensions will rate poorly. But I'm not giving it five stars, because I think that its pretension should not be rewarded or encouraged.
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