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8360 Melrose Ave. (N. Kings Rd.) Send to Phone
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Chef Michael Voltaggio presents creative cuisine in a dark, minimalist space. • Buy Bryan and Michael Voltaggio's book VOLT ink.: Recipes, Stories, Brothers
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ink., Los Angeles, CA

ink. Restaurant Review

: Michael Voltaggio may have a fondness for tattoos but the explanation for the name ink. goes beyond that. Apparently the restaurant's name is also meant to reflect the "Top Chef" winner's ambition of making his mark on the culinary world. Assisting him in this venture are longtime right-hand man Cole Dickinson and chef de cuisine Brittany Valles. The rather dark, minimalist space encompasses a bar for walk-in diners, private dining room, and the main dining room with a view to the action in the kitchen. (The noise level can be high.) The creative menu features unusual combinations of ingredients and traditional dishes with a twist. Successful examples include the octopus with ink pasta shells, young fennel and pimenton, one of the mainstays on the menu. Other dishes might range from chicken fried quail to pasta paella to local black cod that's meant for build-your-own lettuce cups with yuzu-kosho mayo and grapefruit ponzu. A touch of molecular gastronomy can be found with the egg yolk "gnocchi." Desserts continue the play on flavors and textures, as with the burnt wood semifreddo complementing apples and caramel. Chocolate cake and ice cream might be paired with passionfruit curd. All things considered, the prices are reasonable for this level of food. Like the cuisine, the wine list and cocktails are also creative. The restaurant employs the environmentally friendly Natura system to filter drinking water. Service is efficient. Voltaggio also operates Sack Sandwiches (formerly ink.sack).

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