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Jul 18, 2014 12:37 PM

LaBan Reviews Volver

Entertaining review. Love his reference to gastrono "me" "me" "me"!
While I haven't dined there (and won't), it seems like a fair review.

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  1. I got a good laugh out of that and "Garcessistic". It's possible they will make some changes at Volver in light of the review, I think there's too much money at stake, and too many empty seats from what I've read, for them to ignore a 2-bell rating from Laban. I especially hope they take "many of these dishes are three-bell-plus material that I'd happily choose off an à la carte menu" to heart and consider offering an a la carte menu, after lukewarm reviews here and now Laban's middling review that's kinda the only way I'd consider checking it out.

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    1. re: Buckethead

      Laban should be dinged for not reviewing the Pre Theatre dinner with fewer courses. That is more approachable, from an amount of food stand point and price point.

      1. re: cwdonald

        Laban's review notes that the pre-theater menu was not available during his summer review meals.

    2. Pretty much spot on. I had the pre-theatre and it screamed three bells; going with the full tasting would've been insufferable.

      1. Thanks for the clarification that the pre theatre wasnt available. I wonder if Laban actually ate there more than once. Seems like he perhaps only ate there once and perhaps dined there too early.

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        1. re: cwdonald

          The review says that Laban visited three times.

        2. I went last night with my wife. I don't know if they toned things down or if he just happened to get a chatty server, but most of our food came with nothing more than an explanation of what was on the plate and the others came with just a sentence or two about "Chef <insert two sentence story>."

          Half of the items were amazing (especially the fish dishes) and the rest were good with two misses (carrot cake and squid). The portions are small and the courses are well-paced. My wife and I each got a single glass of wine and didn't feel uncomfortably full when we left.

          Based on my one experience there, I'd say Eater's review summed it up:

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          1. re: agozoic

            "Live lettuce"? Pretentious much?

            1. re: sockii

              Yes but Philadelphia could do with a little more pretensions. The whole gasto-pub thing is so 2009

          2. I couldn't get over the phone charger comment. Pretty pretentious imo!

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            1. re: lawgirl3278

              If the party was constantly taking pictures of the food, I don't see the pretension. That said, it's still very weird.