|Grilled cheese animal-style with well-done French fries|
Another thing I ate was a whole lot of food at Michael Voltaggio's ink. The chef was working in the kitchen that night, but I didn't want to sneak a photo of him.
|Entrance to ink.|
I started with the $13 cocktail of tequila, jalapeno, passion fruit and mezcal plus a gigantic cube of ice. I really enjoyed the spicy kick of the jalapeno.
Our waiter suggested that we order three dishes each. We wound up ordering seven dishes total because nine dishes seemed like way too much for three girls to consume. These seven dishes turned out to be way enough for us. In fact, I was uncomfortably full by the time we finished our fifth dish. I wish we had ordered more of a variety of dishes. We somehow went very heavy on the meat and those dishes were quite rich.
I was happiest with the first three dishes that came to our table. They were each creative, complex and composed of a variety of ingredients.
Brussels sprouts with pig ears, lardo and apple
Carrots with coconut ice, cardamom soil and pea tendril mojo
This wasn't necessarily my favorite dish but I thought it was the most interesting. Who would have ever thought of egg yolk gnocchi?
Baja scallops with egg yolk gnocchi, mushroom hay
Pork belly with charcoal oil, bbq flavor and corn
Lamb shoulder with tongue, vadouvan and yogurt
Wagyu beef with carrots, tendon and horseradish tofu
Poutine with chickpea fries, yogurt curds and lamb neck gravy
Apple with caramel, burnt wood ice cream and walnut
Overall, I quite enjoyed what we sampled that evening although I think we could have chosen our selections more carefully! Lesson learned!
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