An amazing meal at Ink Restaurant in Los Angeles

This blog post is a combination of two meals eaten at Top Chef Michael Voltaggio‘s, Ink restaurant. The first time I ate there was 2 years ago with Nancy and Su and it was amazing so when I  met up with Michael-Ryan for the meal I kept telling him he was going to pay for, this was the restaurant I wanted to go to.

My excitement over Michael-Ryan paying for dinner... I mean, my excitement over seeing Michael-Ryan again.
My excitement over Michael-Ryan paying for dinner… I mean, my excitement over seeing Michael-Ryan again.

The first time I went there I made my reservation on open table. There was a section for special requests, I put in that I wanted to meet Michael Voltaggio. Hey, if you don’t let people know what you want, how will they know? So I made sure to tell the hostess and our waiter also. Ink has a great open area where you can watch the chefs in action. They sat us in the back of the restaurant where we couldn’t see. Smart, because we’re loud but that wasn’t going to cut it. We asked to be moved so we could see chef V in action. They moved us and we were happy again. We could watch the chef in action while enjoying our fabulous meal.

The food is meant to be eaten tapas style which means you order a few plates and share which is just my style of eating. I love to try everyone’s food anyway. Here’s some of the standouts from both my meals. The top image was Japanese scallop with soy cured papaya, fermented chili and basil. The basil overpowered the delicacy of the scallop, otherwise, it was amazing!

Wagyu beef brisket with bbq baked barley and puffed tendon Ink restaurant
Wagyu beef brisket with bbq baked barley and puffed tendon. The tendon was like those puffy fish chips. I was a fan. If it was up to me, I wouldn’t have ordered this because I was worried about the texture but Michael-Ryan made a good call. This was eyes in the back of the head good.
Lollipop kale with pig ears and creme fraiche Ink restaurant
Lollipop kale with pig ears and creme fraiche. This is the second time I’ve had pig ears. I love the taste and texture, I would say like a chewy pork rind and the kale was fantastic. We devoured this.
Egg yolk gnocchi with mushroom brown butter and hen of the woods Ink restaurant
Egg yolk gnocchi with mushroom brown butter and hen of the woods. This was so good we almost ordered a second plate of it.
Hamachi with shiitake, hazelnuts and kelp Ink restaurant
Hamachi with shiitake, hazelnuts and kelp. We did order a second plate. It was the best hamachi I ever had. In the background is the beef tartare. Didn’t love it.
salt and charcoal potatoes Ink restaurant
Their signature dish is the salt and charcoal potatoes. These show up looking like coal but taste like heaven. They’re salty, served with a house made sour cream and a black vinegar sauce that you pour over the potatoes.

And did I get to meet Top Chef Michael Voltaggio? You know I did! He wasn’t able to come to our table because they were short handed that night so no photo op but they brought us up to say hi to him and he was extremely cool. He wasn’t working there the second time I went but the chef looked like a clone so it was good enough. If you want to splurge on a special meal in Los Angeles I highly recommend Ink. It’s even better when you go there with wonderful friends (try and get them to pay).

Leiha

I like to eat, sleep and experience the world, one meal at a time.

6 thoughts on “An amazing meal at Ink Restaurant in Los Angeles

  • July 11, 2016 at 8:13 am
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    Your food pictures are divine, and I crave every one of those dishes + two plates of the Hamachi!

    Although, I’m a little sad there were no pictures of actually getting Inked. 🙂

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    • July 11, 2016 at 8:29 am
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      LOL, if it makes you feel any better, my sisters and I all got tattoos on Hollywood blvd years ago. I wish I had a better pic of the hamachi but we were too busy eating it.

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  • July 11, 2016 at 12:45 pm
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    Oh, wow! Food porn! You know I love it!

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    • July 13, 2016 at 9:09 pm
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      Brenda, you would have loved everything!

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  • July 11, 2016 at 3:39 pm
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    Amazing photos, descriptions, etc. Girl, you eat things I have NEVER heard of, and will probably never order or eat, but you make each an adventure….so it is all good!! Love reading about ALL of your experiences!!! ❤️

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    • July 13, 2016 at 9:10 pm
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      LOL, it’s never too late to try. 🙂

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