A search for molecular cuisine brought up ink. The chef is Michael Voltaggio. The menu is a list of small plates and the preparatory techniques are modern. My reservation was for a Friday night. It’s located on Melrose Ave. just a few blocks east of La Cienega Blvd., very close to West Hollywood. The restaurant is large, with tables, booths, a counter and a bar. The atmosphere is modern, hip, with a loud buzz of music and crowd noise, although it was not difficult to converse.
The wine by the glass list offered a nice enough variety. I spotted a rarity on it as they offered a sparkling Riesling as a choice. I went with that, as I thought it might be the optimal combination – kind of like champagne, but a Riesling, which has been my choice of late. It ended up being just okay.
The server described the menu as lighter fare towards the top and heavier as one works down the list. The suggestion is to have 2-3 selections per person. I guess because everything is considered more like a small plate or something to share, there was no tasting menu. This made it difficult for me to decide, as I wasn’t really sure how much food I would be getting. Yet, I wanted the opportunity to sample as many dishes as I could.
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