Everything at ink looked different than it tasted. Nothing was predictable. There really is no point at reading the descriptions on the menu because in this case, seeing is not believing.
My boyfriend took me here for my birthday. We pulled up to the valet ($7) and walked right in. The host let us know that we were 15 mins early to our reservation so we took a seat at the bar and ordered a drink.
Vodka: apple cider buttermilk kümmel pumpkin spice $13
- comes in a glass milk bottle with a cute straw. The drink was really good. You can definitely smell the pumpkin pie spice and the apple cider lightens the buttermilk. Not a strong vodka taste since the apple cider hides it a little
Mezcal: floc de Gascogne celery lemon cucumber $14
- refreshing and light but by no means light on alcohol. My favorite drink of the night
We were seated soon after getting our drinks. The host seated us and brought out drinks over. Our server came to introduce the menu. She informed us that it's suggested for two people to pick 4-6 dishes to share. The menu was listed from lighter appetizers to hardier entrees. We were given a few minutes to look over our menu.
Hamachi: fresh wasabi green apple lime $18
- the presentation is beautiful. The hamachi was fresh and fatty. The fresh wasabi complemented the fish perfectly. The green apple cut out some of the fattiness of the fish. The soy sauce was in the shape of crackers that melted in your mouth. 5 stars
We quickly learned that good here has to be eaten with a little bit of each ingredient in every bite to really get the chef's intended taste.
Beef tartar: heart of Palm sea bean chimichurri horseradish rye $15
- the presentation again was impressive. The horseradish was in the firm of white snow. The rye were shards of thin crackers. The beef was fresh and topped with the chimichurri that gave it a little salt. Heart of Palm was in the form of little droplets of jelly that complemented the beef nicely by adding a hint of sweetness. 4 stars
Egg yolk gnocchi: mushroom brown bitter hen if the woods $15
- each gnocchi was filled with egg yolk so when you bite into it, the yolk oozes out and mixes well with the sauce. The mushroom brown butter gave a nutty earthy taste that cuts out the richness of the gnocchi. Loved up to the yelp hype. 5 stars
Octopus: ink shells young fennel pimenton $22
- how can I go to ink without trying ink shells? This digs was my favorite. The octopus was grilled perfectly. Colored out the outside and perfect on the inside. It was so flavorful and not at all gummy. The shells by themselves were not really flavorful but they balanced the bold flavors of the octopus very well. The fennel added to the flavors of the sauce and bonded everything together very well. 5 stars
Beef cheeks: parsnip bark watercress $25
- this was my first time trying beef cheeks and seeing how it's a lean cut of meat, I was afraid that it would be dry. However, this was so moist and tender. The parsnip bark was also new to me. It was soft and chewy. It was caramelized so there was an added sweetness. The watercress helped freshen up the whole dish. Another favorite. 5 stars
Heritage pork loin: onion caramel lardo cabbage $25
- I was a little hesitant to order pork since I'm not a huge fan. This pork loin was like none I have ever seen or tasted. The texture of the meat itself was so fine, almost like ham. It had nice grill marks and was very juicy. The cabbage was the star of the dish. I overheard the server at the table next to us day that it takes hours to cook the cabbage. The cabbage held it's wedge shape but melted in my mouth. It had an initial smokey flavor and a very sweet taste after that. Everything worked amazingly with each other and again had to be eaten with a little bit if everything in one bite. 4 stars
Our second round of drinks
- it changes daily but this time it was blood orange.
Blended scotch: toasted coconut thai basil cardamaro $14
- came in a frosted silver cup filled with pebbles of ice topped with a large sprig of Thai basil and mint. Kind of feels like you're drinking out of a plant. Nice infused scotch. Clean and smooth.
We ordered more than enough to eat but of course, we had to have a dessert.
Apple: caramel shortbread burnt wood semifreddo $11
- the server informed us to crack open the white dome which revealed a snow like concoction which I'm guessing is the semifreddo. It was on top of a light caramel flan and surrounded by balls of green apple. A bite of all that plus crumbs of shortbread was like a perfectly deconstructed apple pie.
There was a drink in the menu that sounded perfect for dessert
Aquavit: Riesling camomile honey orange oil bee pollen $13
- sounds sweet and refreshing but I did not like it one bit. It was really bitter.
All in all, I left Ink pounds heavier and begging for more. I loved the adventure of putting all the flavors and textures together. Cannot wait to come back!