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.
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!
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).