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Voltaggio’s Monte Cristo Umami Burger


Michael Voltaggio's Monte Cristo Burger
Michael Voltaggio‘s Monte Cristo Burger is made with a beef patty, gruyere fondue, prosciutto and placed on, wait for it… a CUSTARD-SOAKED, DEEP-FRIED BUN. Then it’s topped with powdered sugar and served with a side of maple syrup. Too sweet? Actually, no. I found myself going back to the syrup again and again. The best part? $1 from each burger will go to the Los Angeles Mission!

NOTE: It’s available for a limited time only at Umami Burger (as of 1/28/14) so DON’T MISS IT!

From the press release:
“Michael Voltaggio is one of the best chefs in the nation,” said Adam Fleischman, Founder and Chairman of Umami Restaurant Group. “He’s changed the rules of fine dining in Los Angeles, making it pretty bad-ass.”

The winner of Bravo’s Top Chef Season 6, Michael Voltaggio was named one of Food and Wine Magazine’s Best New Chefs in 2013. His flagship restaurant, ink., was named GQ Magazine’s Best New Restaurant in America in 2012. Additionally, Voltaggio’s sandwich shop ink.sack has received widespread acclaim, most recently opening its second outlet inside Los Angeles International Airport’s Tom Bradley International Terminal.

Michael Voltaggio, Chef/Owner ink. & ink.sack said, “I wanted to make a burger that would hit the spot no matter if you’re craving something sweet or savory. This was a fun collaboration with Umami Burger and even better since $1 from every burger sold will benefit the LA Mission. They do a ton of good for people in need and this is a great way to give back.”



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Spring @ ink

Favorite spring dishes at Michael Voltaggio’s ink:

Egg Yolk Gnocchi, Bay Scallops, Accents of Spring
Egg Yolk Gnocchi (super creamy in the middle), Bay Scallops from Mexico, Accents of Spring

Octopus, Young Fennel, Pimenton
Octopus (the broth was fantastic), Young Fennel, Pimenton.

Pork Belly, Charcoal Oil, BBQ Oil, Corn
Pork Belly (of course I loved this), Charcoal Oil, BBQ Oil, Corn.

Lamb Shoulder, Lamb's Tongue
Lamb Shoulder, Lamb’s Tongue, Lamb’s Quarters, Vadouvan, Yogurt (I usually HATE lamb, but had to fight Peter to get my share).

Greek Yogurt, Strawberry, Rhubarb, Coconut
Greek Yogurt, Strawberry, Rhubarb, Coconut, Granola Crunch (refreshing and not too sweet).

Dining date: 4/25/12

About Chef Michael Voltaggio & ink.

ink restaurant
8360 melrose ave.
los angeles, ca 90069

Many more ink photos on flickr

All my Michael Voltaggio photos on flickr

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ink sack

BEST SANDWICHES IN TOWN (ok, so these are my favorite sandwiches in town)…

Michael Voltaggio’s ink sack:

ink sack's Spicy Tuna
spicy tuna miso-cured albacore, sriracha mayo

ink sack's Cold Fried Chicken
cold fried chicken house-made ranch cheese, gindo’s spice of life

ink sack's Banh Mi
banh mi pork butt, pork belly, chicharrónes, pickled vegetables

ink sack's Spanish Godfather
the Jose Andres aka “the spanish godfather” serrano, chorizo, lomo, manchego

ink sack's CLT (Chicken Liver Mousse)
c.l.t. chicken liver mousse, curried chicken skin, lettuce, tomato

ink sack's Maple Pepper Turkey
maple-pepper turkey melt camembert, mustarda, arugula

ink sack's Beef Tongue Reuben
“reuben” corned beef tongue, appenzeller cheese, kraut, russian dressing

ink sack's Maryland Crab Chips
maryland crab chips

AJ on the line @ Voltaggio's ink sack
Checking on the ink sack kitchen on opening day! AJ Ramirez on the line, Animal’s Jon Shook on far right.

Ink Sack at Home
Water melon sriracha, lime & pineapple chile y lemon. Great as a side… or take home for cocktails later!

Voltaggio's ink sackAll my photos from ink sack

ink sack
8360 melrose avenue #107
los angeles, california 90069


Jonathan Gold on ink sack

All my Michael Voltaggio Photos on Flickr

Follow Michael Voltaggio on Twitter


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My First Bites at Michael Voltaggio’s ink.

Fish Sticks at ink
Fish Sticks, Smelt, Dill Pickles, Black Olive Mayo

Octopus Popcorn at ink
Octopus Popcorn, Piquillo Pepper, Spinach

Carrots Baked in Salt at ink
Carrots Baked in Salt, Nasturtium, Yogurt, Vadouvan, Spiced Soil

Corned Beef Tongue at ink
Corned Beef Tongue, Appenzeller Churro, Red Onion, Pastrami Syrup

Blue Prawns at ink
Blue Prawns, Green Papaya, Ginger Lime

Seaweed Mashed Potatoes at ink
Seaweed Mashed Potatoes

Crab Toast at ink
Dungeness Crab Toast, Smoked Mayo, House Made Hot Sauce, Celery

Chicken Oysters at ink
Chicken Oysters, Oyster Mushrooms, Oyster Plant, Tomato Coconut

Bay Scallops at ink
Bay Scallops, Cream of Dehydrated Potato, Potato Skins, Buttermilk Shellfish Broth

Squid Spaghetti at ink
Giant Squid Spaghetti, Squash, Hazelnut-ink Pesto, Piment d’espilette

Sea Bass at ink
Sea Bass, Scrambled Cauliflower, Egg Yolk, Caper

Hamachi at ink
Hamachi, Parsnip Cream, Grapefruit, Jalapeno, Sesame Cake

Veal Sweetbreads, Corn Dumplings, Baby Corn, BBQ Caramel at ink
Veal Sweetbreads, Corn Dumplings, Baby Corn, BBQ Caramel

Iberico Pork Loin at ink
Iberico de Belotta Pork Loin, Romesco Almond “beans”, Mushroom Chicharron

Quail, Charred Orange & Onion, Sorrel Cream at ink
Quail, Charred Orange & Onion, Sorrel Cream

Veal Cheek, Red Curry at ink
Veal Cheek, Red Curry, Nante Carrots Baked in Salt, Fried Sticky Rice

Grapefruit Curd Avocado at ink
Grapefruit Curd Avocado, Lime, Cilantro, Sorbet

Apple Caramel, Burnt Wood Ice Cream at ink
Apple Caramel, Burnt Wood Ice Cream

Chocolate, Coffee, Spice at ink
Chocolate, Coffee, Spice

Goat Cheese Ash, Concord Grape Sorbet, Walnut Pralines at ink
Goat Cheese Ash, Concord Grape Sorbet, Walnut Pralines

ink crew
On the line

ink crew (Cole & AJ)
Cole & AJ

ink crew
Tight Ship = Smooth Service (Whitney & Josh on the right)

About Chef Michael Voltaggio & ink.

Pre-Service Meeting (1st night!) at inkink restaurant
8360 melrose ave.
los angeles, ca 90069

Many more ink photos on flickr

All my Michael Voltaggio photos on flickr

Dining Dates:
9/16/11 (with Peter, Sharon & Bob Mangine)
9/22/11 (with Peter)

“Jonathan Gold Recommends Ink” 

Check out photos from ink sack (Voltaggio’s sandwich shop!)

Photos below from from Oct 16, 2011 (dinner with Peter, my brother Greg and our friend Lien)

ink's Hiramasa
Hiramasa, Parsnip Sesame Cream, Grapefruit

ink's Dungeness Crab
Dungeness Crab, Broccoli Mayo, Broccoli “Kimchi”

ink's Skate Wing
Skate Wing, Red Pepper Dashi, Shishito Peppers, Kelp Pasta, Fennes

ink's Veal Cheek
Veal Cheek, Red Curry, Nante Carrots Baked In Salt, Fried Sticky Rice

ink's Wagyu
Wagyu Hanger Steak, Ras El Hanout Yogurt, Black Garlic, Mushroom Chicharron

ink's Apple Dessert
Apple Creme Caramel, Burnt Wood Sabayon, Charred Maple Lime

Dewazakura Sparkling Sake at ink
Dewazakura Sparkling Sake


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