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8340 E. McDonald Dr. (Pima Rd.) Send to Phone
French cuisine served in an elegant dining room.
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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Voltaire Restaurant Review

: French cuisine favorites and the traditionally elegant dining room attract many regulars. Although some diners might find the atmosphere a bit staid, the menu features quality preparations of rack of lamb, sole filets, smoked salmon and medallions of veal.

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Violated at Voltaire
by Restauranteur on Tue Apr 03, 2012 6:10 pm
It's rare I write a critical review of a restaurant, but in the case of Voltaire, I feel compelled to warn others and recommend the restaurant be renamed from Voltaire to "Violated".

In no way shape, taste, or texture was the food exceptional... or even good. At nearly $80/person including mandatory 18.2% tip (imposed when using any incentive coupon) the chefs talents are less than mediocre - perhaps even cheap. The kitchen was complemented by a staff whose attentiveness to detail and lack of service would be better matched to fleece sheep rather than fleece dining customers.

We began the meal with two salads, the Caesar Maison ($8) and the endive salad special ($12). Both lacked freshness and drowned wiltingly in uninspired dressing.

Perhaps foreshadowing the entrées to come, Le pain (bread) was litterally pain. Tough, dry, and perhaps days old - it was rationed by a bus boy whose penchant for portion control suggested he had clearly never tasted it, or more noble was protecting patrons from making the same mistake twice.

For our entrées, we chose the Filet béarnaise ($33) and Dover sole special ($40). Never before have I tasted béarnaise from a ready mix until last night. The skinned (yes skinned) blanket had set in a corn starchlike yellow goo beneath the warming lights while the delicate Dover sole toughened with rubbery zeal from over preparation and underseasoning. In fact the only bright point of the entrées was the prepared asparagus side - tender and flavorful and yet surprisingly not overcooked.

With the hope of ending the meal on a high note, we selected the Crepes Suzette ($14) "assembled" tableside... But we were disappointed by the total lack of freshness. The Crepes were pre-prepared - perhaps frozen and thawed again days prior - now doughy and heavy and rubbery. Far far from tableside preparation. Consistent with the budgetary substitutions for quality made in the kitchen, the dessert was flambéed with an inferior substitute brandy as "Cognac" and with triple-sec I wouldnt put in a margarita. The result was a decidedly rough and bitter overnote. Certainly not flavors the label stripped glass bottles of Courvoisier and Grand Mariner used up long ago would suggest.

There are many fine restaurants in Scottsdale that offer very high quality service, food, and remarkable culinary inspiration. Voltaire is not one of them. Dare I say that perhaps any restaurant who has passed their annual food safety inspection has achieved a higher level of service, food quality, and culinary inspiration.

In recommendation to others, I suggest any other French restaurant (good local examples include La Petite Maison and Zinc Bistro) or sourcing fresh ingredients from the grocery store and preparing your own French inspired meal at home. Even the novice amateur chef assisted by the tableside service of young children could best the experience we had at Voltaire.
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