Thursday, February 16, 2012

Word of Mouth: ink.

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Romain snagged my boss and I reservations at, ink. (the period is part of the name). Ink., is the newly opened restaurant owned by Top Chef winner, Michael Voltaggio. I was a fan of him on the show so I was really excited to go. Being that I had been trying to get reservations FOREVER, I didn't even ask how he got them. See, Romain is French and fabulous, everything always works out for him. 

The night started out a little uneasy. You see, I was late and the hostess made it a point to let Romain know that. If I remember clearly, the hostess told Romain that he could seat us but we would probably need to finish our meal at the bar. I understand that reservations are made for a reason, but you see, the restaurant was empty. It was a ghost town! Needless to say, we got to finish our whole meal at the table like good little children :)

Our dinner got back on track with our awesome waiter. He made us feel right at home and explained everything about the menu. Highlights of the evening included the pork tenderloin and the apple dessert, seriously yummy plates that are all meant to be shared. When you look at the picture of the pork tenderloin plate below, there is a long tube of pasta with cheese inside of it, this constitutes as mac n' cheese.  All of the dishes included some sort of quirky ingredient like that. Overall, it was a fun experience with great friends. Would definitely try the restaurant out again.

LEFT: shishsito peppers, house-shaved bonito, tofu mustard. RIGHT: brussels sprouts, pigs ears, lardo, apple
LEFT: tuna, dashi sponge, radish, grapefruit. RIGHT: sea bass, cauliflower, smoked raisin, caper, brown butter
LEFT: octopus, ink. shells, young fennel, pimenton, RIGHT: crab, charred avocado, whipped fish sauce, mushroom chicharron
LEFT: pork tenderloin, charcoal oil, young leeks, macaroni and cheese, RIGHT: poutine, chickpea fries, yogurt curds, lamb neck gravy
LEFT: steak frites, beef skirt, potato, flavors of béarnaise, RIGHT: apple, caramel,burnt wood ice cream

8360 melrose ave.
los angeles, ca 90069
t: 323.651.5866

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