There’s been much ink spilled over (ahem) Ink, Michael Voltaggio’s new West Hollywood restaurant opening today. Here, in a friendly game of Finish This Sentence, the molecular gastro whiz and Top Chef conqueror explains why Ink lives up to the hype.
1. Industrial loft (wrought-iron chandeliers, cement floors) meets blue chip art gallery (yes, that is a Chuck Close), Ink’s decor reminds me of… a downtown mood accented with an uptown sophistication.
2. There are an omakase bar and dozens of innovative plates, but the must-try dishes are… the ones you haven’t had before.
3. Ink’s menu, still tightly under wraps, is unusual because… it’s designed to give the guest the freedom to create her own tasting menu and share it, too.
4. If there’s one thing you should know about chef de cuisine Cole Dickinson, it’s that… he’s all sugar and spice, his focus is inspiring, and he watches Top Gear.
5. Speaking of ink, of my many tattoos, my favorite is… the one that reads “hard work.” The “o” in “work” is actually a heart, which references the love and passion I have for my career.
Ink, 8360 Melrose Avenue, at North Kings Road, West Hollywood (323-651-5866 or mvink.com).
Photo: Rachel Knopfler