Ever since Chef Michael Voltaggio left the now-shuttered Dining Room at the Langham Hotel, Los Angelenos have been waiting for him to open his own restaurant.
Wait no more. We now have ink.
ink. is an apt name for his restaurant. It does have a better ring than Hogwarts.
Spiced rum, pomegranate, pineapple, clove, lemon bitters ($11).
Vodka, lime, ginger, soda ($10).
ink.'s mixologist is none other than Devon Espinosa, whom some of you may know from Marcel's Quantum Kitchen. You should definitely sample his libations.
If any members of your party have dietary restrictions, simply voice them when you make your reservation. ink. will accommodate most needs, although vegan requests are politely declined.
My companions and I each opted for the five-course tasting ($80).
Tuna, dashi sponge, radish, grapefruit.
Foie gras, waffle, smoked maple, hot sauce.
Another crazy combo that worked! Sweet syrup essence and Sriracha accompanying foie gras? Really? Really? Yes, really. Really really wonderful. I am weeping inside already in anticipation of California's foie gras ban.
Skate wing, mushroom oatmeal, mushroom hay.
Beef cheek, carrots, tofu mustard, nasturtium.
Dessert Option 1: Chocolate, coffee cream, sesame cake.
Amber seemed to love this. She ate the plate clean.
Dessert Option 2: Grapefruit, curd, cilantro sorbet, lime meringue, avocado.
insomniac enjoyed this tart delight. I was impressed by the bite that I had.
Dessert Option 3: Apple, caramel, burnt wood ice cream.
Ann Marie and I each opted for this deconstructed apple masterpiece. I'm sure I'm biased, but I thought our dessert was most impressive and interesting -- so many different elements and techniques. Smoky!
Ann Marie had the good sense to bring her cookbook along for an autograph.
I didn't think it was possible, but this little doodle made me love Michael Voltaggio even more. Bravo, Chef! Thanks for a fabulous evening!