The menu that changes constantly
Vodka lime, ginger, soda
This was Ink's take on the Moscow Mule made with fresh ginger. The mint, lime and ginger balanced the vodka, but it still packed a punch. Good crisp and refreshing start to the meal.
Hamachi parsnip-sesame cream, grapefruit, jalapeno
The picture doesn't do this dish justice. The colors and flavors were absolutely amazing. All the components on the dish worked well together and highlighted the fish, which was cut just thick enough to stand up against everything. The grapefruit and jalapeno added a lightness to balance out the heavy strong soy flavor. The fried parsnips on top were light and reminded me of dried ramen noodles.
Dungeness crab smoked mayo, bok choy "kimchi"
This was a very simple dish compared to the others and our least favorite. The crab was wrapped in nori and deep fried. The freshness of the crab came through and the batter was very light. The mayo added a light smokey flavor to the crab, but the fried baby kimchi was too salty to eat.
Halibut cheeks red pepper dashi, shishito peppers, kelp pasta
Beef tartare horseradish, hearts of palm, sea beam chimichurri
Rye lemon, angostura, peychaud's, anise
A stiff drink to have mid-way through the meal. The anise help cut the bitters in the cocktail.
Berkshire pork tenderloin charcoal crust, macaroni and cheese, leek
Wagyu hanger steak ras el hanout yogurt, black garlic, mushroom chicharron
Veal cheeks red curry, nante carrots baked in salt, fried sticky rice
Since we loved the halibut cheeks so much, we had to try the veal cheeks. The cheeks were meaty and fatty and held up well against the red Thai curry. The coconut went perfectly with the curry and the carrots added a earthy sweetness. We could have done without the rice.
Overall, we had an wonderful meal and left with some very memorable flavors. Unfortunately, Chef Voltaggio was not working the night we dined at Ink, which was a disappointment, but all the more reason to go back. We also didn't try any dessert because we were so stuffed after the veal cheeks. The dishes were well thought out and executed with a few minor misses. The dinner was well paced and our waiter took time to explain every dish in detail. We had a wonderful experience from the ambiance to the service to the food. We look forward to going back when Chef Voltaggio is on the line and trying some of the new dishes.
8360 Melrose Ave.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Metered parking along Melrose and Valet in front of the restaurant.