A Revelatory Dining Experience at Ink (Los Angeles)
If you’re in a city that’s home to countless individuals who have serious money to burn, you’re going to be surrounded – inundated really – with fantastic places to eat. Places that are eclectic and innovative, and so chic it hurts. In West Hollywood, on Melrose Avenue, is the much talked about Ink, a restaurant of this nature that is the brainchild of chef Michael Voltaggio. A place that embodies the eclectic and the innovative, and includes a heavy dose of fine dining with a Los Angeles edge.
The description of the cuisine at Ink is as follows: “The concept behind ink. […] also refers to the term incorporation, defined by a collaboration with others and by bringing people together. It is fluid and open to interpretation, however the point of reference for ink. and its team will be the endeavor of creating a revelatory experience through food and service, hopefully making an indelible impression.”
I don’t know about you, but I’m guessing this means they create food that’s creative, unique and that’s meant to be shared. Regardless of how the food is conceptualized in print, the reality is: it tastes damn good.
Ink’s menu consists of a myriad of dishes with the lightest items at the beginning and the more substantial plates found at the end. Depending on the number in your party, the suggestion is for each person to order between two to four plates that are shared with your dining compatriots in order to have a taste of everything. My table went through the charred avocado, little gems, beef tartare, octopus, beef cheeks and heritage pork.
We did so with pleasure, and utter delight.
The kitchen was fantastic when it came to accommodating my allergies, and the majority of dishes ordered were adapted so they could be enjoyed by all. The charred avocado was by far my favourite, as the dungeness crab was rich with a nutty edge, and the smoothness of the avocado complimented the fish perfectly. My second runner up was the octopus with the ink shell pasta and the baby fennel. By God, the octopus was savoury and had a wonderful texture and shell pasta carried the flavour of a spiced bouillabaisse. In actuality, I was on board with everything we ordered with the exception of the heritage pork, which had to do more with my aversion to cooked ham than the quality of the pork itself.
The sole hiccup of the evening involved waiting 10 minutes for our menus, which was a annoying given that the restaurant wasn’t at full capacity when we arrived and were seated. Putting that aside, once the menus and first drinks arrived it was smooth sailing for the rest of the evening.
And as promised, our evening turned into one hell of a revelatory experience.
8360 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, California
Tel: +1 (323) 651-5866
Sunday – Thursday: 18:00 to 23:00
Friday – Saturday: 18:00 to 00:00