I thought I would report on my dining experiences at Wink on Saturday March 1st for the heck of it.
My dining companion and I choose the 5 course chef's tasting menu paired with select wines. Instead of following the prepared chef's tasting menu we opted instead to have the chef send out whatever he wanted. This worked out pretty well for me, less so for my less-adventurous partner. Our service was fantastic, and the waiter paired the wine with the food extremely well. First we started with seared foie gras over a pear bread pudding with a few poached pear slices served with an Italian rose champagne (excellent), then we had braised boar belly over potato puree with a few turnip greens and a slice of baby turnip with a maple syrup reduction (even more excellent) served with a medium German Riesling.
For our third course the chef suprised us with seared tuna over haricot verts with a few fingerling potatoes and red wine jus that was not on the menu, it wasn't very exciting but (and here's my disappointing part) our waiter pointed out that the tuna was not on the menu but that the tuna was leftover in the kitchen from the night before. Oops! Probably shouldn't have mentioned that. I'm passive when it comes to something that I dislike at a restaurant unless outlandishly horrible (this is something I need to work on...) so I didn't say anything but I was a little miffed. Here we are paying the big bucks for the chef's menu and we get leftovers? Even if I hadn't known this info I still found the third course lacking.
Fourth & Fifth: seared hanger steak with a black currant jus that really brought out the beef flavor in a surprising way (paired with a good Spanish red), and a pretty good cheese plate (with an overly sweet port). We then ordered dessert, el rey chocolate cake (very good) and a chevre cheesecake (very good would have been better without the copius pineapple sauce which overtook the subtle flavor).
My only other complaint, not food related, was how noisy it was. I sort of knew that when I went in but was surprised at how deafening it was. Otherwise I really enjoyed my meal at Wink, it was interesting (especially the foie gras and boar belly) and had great service. Is it worth the hype? Kinda.
Thanks for reading!