Wink is located at 1014 North Lamar Street suite E at the corner of 12th street and it is open for dinner only from Monday through Saturday. The restaurant is very small having only about 20 seating space in it creating a sense of coziness and intimacy, which is great if you detest loud crowded restaurants and since it opened in the summer of 2000, Wink received a lot of acknowledgements from the press, in fact the Austin Chronicle named it the best new restaurant in 2002, and the Austin American Statesman made it the one of the top fifty restaurants. Since the restaurant is small and very popular, it will get packed easily and therefore there are often, especially on weekends long waits up to an hour but you can always sip on some wine while waiting to be seated.
One of the interesting things about the restaurant that its daily menu does exactly that it changes every day so one day you can order the wild Oregon salad with radishes, fennel, and balsamic vinaigrette for $14.00, or the big eye tuna tartar with grapefruit, pea shoots, and egg yolk emulsion for $18.00 and the next day you will not find these items but maybe spinach with red onion, wink bacon, and pink peppercorn goat yogurt for $12.00 or the duck breast on rabbit confit cake with port poached pears, spring greens, and black truffle sauce for $29.00.
But you can try the chef’s 5 course tasting which consists of the pernod steamed pei mussels with salt pork, spring onions, fennel, and tomato garlic broth followed by seared day boat scallops on snow pea-broccoli sauté with sweet chili soy and then you will have the seared grass fed beef with Kennebec potato salad and black truffle vinaigrette and the grilled lamb rack on gnudi with baby carrots, tomato, and sweet garlic sauce and for dessert the Wink cheese plate all for $68.00 and if you decide to pair the course with wine it will be an extra $32.00.