Location: West Hollywood, CA
At ink., Season 6 of Bravo’s “Top Chef” winner Michael Voltaggio serves stylized, cutting-edge cuisine more influenced by new techniques and experimental kitchens around the world than by any one place or particular cuisine. The food is coddled and contorted — squid forced into pastes and ribbons, horseradish frozen and shaved, almonds and bonito transformed into “sand,” which holds blistered shishito peppers. The result is visually stunning and pleasant-tasting, with most of the delight and surprise coming from the way these plates look rather than how they taste. Nonetheless, every dish here is a new adventure, every cocktail a balancing act.
Of Note: Relatively young at 35, Voltaggio has taken the gold ring and grabbed it with both hands. He’s written the book “VOLT ink” with his brother and fellow chef Bryan, whom he competed against in the final rounds of “Top Chef.”