I’ve been a long-time fan of Wink, but some time had passed since we’d dinned there. So, for my wife’s birthday we decided to return, and we were (mostly) glad we did!
Wink is located in what can be a misleading store front, as it’s not impressive from the street, but step inside and it’s a different story. (Hint: extra parking is located just across the street on a second story ramp). When you step inside, all is transformed. It’s small, a bit noisy, but it’s full of energy and a super nice staff.
The food: On this night, I had the salmon (med rare), and it was probably the best I’ve ever had in my life. And yes, I’ve had it in the NW when the fish were running (excellent) but this was unreal….fresh and delicate. On a previous visit, I had tuna that was similarly unreal. The remainder of the table had: the hander steak (excellent); scallops (good); and duck (good). We followed with the chocolate soup (good but not as good as the last time I had it – a bit too much ginger) and a great flourless chocolate cake. Since our table shared, it worked out perfect.
Now, as I said, everyone was super friendly and great…..save our specific server. Hint to our server: if the table waves the bread due to a gluten issue, don’t tell us what we are missing….weird. And please act like everyone else there….happy and professional. Lastly, please don’t pour the last glass of red as if you couldn’t get it out of the bottle fast enough and end up dumping a ton of sediment in the glass and give no warning - gross. You are the clear outlier, and this is not a good thing.
Wink reminded me of how good they are, and I will return sooner than later. I just won’t sit in a certain section given she is still there…