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8360 Melrose Ave #107 Los Angeles, CA 90069, United States
8360 Melrose Avenue #107USCaliforniaLos Angeles90069
$$$Restaurant, American Restaurant
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New American Restaurant
Today 6:00 – 11:00 pm
Monday 6:00 – 10:00 pmTuesday 6:00 – 10:00 pmWednesday 6:00 – 10:00 pmThursday 6:00 – 10:00 pmFriday 6:00 – 11:00 pmSaturday 6:00 – 11:00 pmSunday 6:00 – 10:00 pm
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Hip destination's airy, minimalist setting is the backdrop for cutting-edge New American fare.- Google
"Its only a sandwich shop, yet it was the best sandwich that I have ever eaten!"
"Two thumbs up for Top Chef Michael Voltaggio!"
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The small-portioned sandwiches are exquisite. Beautifully imagined, fresh, and artfully executed. The chips are flavorful, crisp and artisanal. The prices are so cheap it's almost funny, especially for pricey West Hollywood. However, the staff tires to imitate the vibe fresh-tattooed insouciance of Voltaggio's other restaurants, and it ends up reading like outward hostility. For example, there's an Asian guy with tattoos who comes out of the kitchen and hands people their food who would just as soon kill you. Humorless, mute, with a toxic deadpan. He came out and delivered a couple of office items to an employee who was sitting in the restaurant, and the interaction was hostile, and uncomfortable to watch. What is going on here? The employee just shrugged and walked away. Patrons here are the same. The clientele is that gaunt, tattoo sleeved, pasty 30's WeHo crowd with dower looks on their faces as they wonder why they're still single. The girls here have that desperate, size zero, sour LA demeanor as they try to hide their growling stomachs. The smart patrons just order their food to go, and wait a few extra minutes before pickup, just so they don't have to deal with the cold, dysfunctional ambience inside.
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Ijun Lai
2 months ago
What an amazing night! Our waiters were hysterical and wonderfully attentive. I never even got the chance to fill my own cup with water because someone was always filling it for me. The food was ridiculously good. I've eaten at a lot of fancy restaurants. Most of the time, I want my money back but not here. I want to go back until I eat every single thing on the menu. Darn you stomach, why can't you fit more food?? Here's a rundown of what we got: Japanese scallops, little gems (oh man, that anchovy cracker!!), polenta, the octopus (the ink shells were perfectly al dente), lamb belly, and beef cheek. Although it's really hard to pick a favorite, I would say it's a toss up between the polenta and the beef cheek. Both made me want to melt from happiness. The marrow was simply fantastic and the beef cheek was so tender you didn't need a knife. I'm going to dream about this place for months!
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Holt Elliott
2 months ago
I have yet to be upset by this tiny sandwich shop. Came here for the bacon, egg & cheese sandwich and stayed for the plethora of tasty options. Don't be a fool, DO IT
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10 months ago
I <3 sandwiches. Just imagine me as Joey from Friends but as a girl who will eat almost any concoction slapped between 2 slices of bread. That's probably why I arrived outside of ink.sack 30 minutes before they even opened one Saturday morning--but surprisingly, I wasn't the only one! The ratio of meat, cheese, veggies, & sauce to carbohydrates was extremely well proportioned in all 3 sandwiches. Each bite allowed the delicious flavors to meld together. The cold fried chicken really lived up to the hype as the chicken was still crispy, and the ingredients matched perfectly. The Reuben was my favorite! I had no idea that beef tongue could be made so tender and flavorful, and the Russian dressing was not overpowering or too saucy. Really, one of the best sandwiches I've ever had. The Jose Andrés was tasty enough, but was overshadowed by the other 2 sandwiches. Don't forget the chili pineapple or watermelon either, it's a really refreshing treat for the summer. I can't wait for my next visit to ink.sack to try everything else on the menu. Two thumbs up for Top Chef Michael Voltaggio!!
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Natalie Kusonruksa
a month ago
I've had Ink bookmarked for quite some time after hearing that the winner of Top Chef Masters opened this restaurant in Los Angeles. Finally, for my birthday, I had the opportunity to check Ink out and I am definitely impressed. My boyfriend had no trouble getting a reservation on a weekday. I heard though that weekend reservations can be a little tough to snag. We were seated right away when we walked in and the restaurant was pretty full. The ambiance is fairly casual for a $$$$ restaurant. The waiter suggested 2-3 dishes per person as they are a little smaller in size and meant to be shared. We ended up with 5 dishes but I felt like it was a little too much for us. We didn't even have room for desserts. My favorite dish of the night was the flat iron steak. The steak was tender and flavorful. It's served with a seaweed mashed potatoes. At first I thought thi sounded like it would be disgusting but it's seriously one of the best mashed potatoes I've had. We received that dish last and I was stuffed but still somehow found a way to eat it. I really loved the lollipop kale dish. This dish really surprised me. The kale wasn't tough to eat and I really enjoyed the flavor and texture of the dish. The crispy-fried pig's ear really gave it a nice crunch. The sauce that the kale is served in has a nice tart flavor that really complimented the dish. The hamachi dish was delicious and the sauce was pretty amazing. We ordered 2 other dishes that I enjoyed but didn't truly blow me away: the Octopus and the Gnocchi. The grilled octopus itself was delicious but I would have liked more of that than the green pasta that it was served with. The dish was also a little too salty for my taste. The gnocchi was interesting indeed. The center of the gnocchi was filled with gooey egg yolks. As a connoisseur of egg yolks (no such thing really but I really like egg yolks), I should have gone crazy for this dish but I didn't feel like the mushroom sauce complimented the gnocchi very well. Overall though, the experience was great and I really enjoyed both the food and the service. There are several dishes that I read rave reviews about that we didn't get to try this time so hopefully I'll be back to try them at some point.
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alice chung
4 months ago
Sandwiches are quite small for the price tag. However, the quality is good but I would skip ordering the BANH MI....unless you don't know what a traditional banh mi sandwich tastes....then I think it'll be safe to order his. I thought the spicy pineapple ($3) was a waste of money. Better off ordering fruit from the carts on the sidewalks!
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Kristi Russell
6 months ago
Well, it was an adventure. An epicurean adventure. An EXPENSIVE epicurean adventure. Just like everyone else who dined here within the first few days of opening, I love the Voltaggio brothers and was eagerly awaiting the opening of ink. But it did not live up to my expectations. I was psyched to see him working the line, loved the vibe and casual atmosphere. The hostesses were super friendly, super hot, and they actually seemed to like what they were doing. No pretentiousness. I love it. The bartenders, on the other hand, could have cared less about us being there. We arrived on Friday 9/23 at 8:19 for our 9:15 reservation so that we could have a cocktail first. The male bartender would not, seemed to refuse to, catch our eye. At 8:40, we still didn't have a drink, or even placed our order. Finally, the female bartender couldn't really ignore us anymore, and at 8:44, took our drink order. Unfriendly and the male bartender was downright rude. The hostess - again pleasant and professional - seated us at 9:10p and thanked us for waiting. Thank YOU for seating us early! :) We were a party of 6 and ordered 1 of everything on the menu, including each of the 4 desserts. It was not nearly enough to fill us up. We each had 2 cocktails at the table, no wine (really odd wine list - not the right pairings for this menu in my opinion), and a few more dishes. Our bill was almost $600. And we left not quite full. The flavors of the food are as expected: inventive, unique, fresh. So many dishes were deconstructed, which I like. It was almost exactly as expected... almost. The prices are simply extravagant, even for a person who dines out almost every night at high end restaurants. This is a special event only place - not somewhere I can take clients on a regular basis. For this kind of money, I expected perfection. I didn't get it. The meal was fun, adventurous, and I'm glad I went, but I dont' think I'll be back anytime soon. Best thing on the menu in our opinion: the apple dessert. Fantastic.
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Michael Azarian
3 months ago
The service was fine but the food was completely bland and boring. Completely overpriced for what they're giving.


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