Red Medicine LAX gourmet highlight | Los Angeles, United States | I think we both agreed on this, Red Medicine was our gourmet highlight, of our last trip to Los Angeles. Of course we have a few favorites like Cecconi’s and Nobu Matsuhisa, but this was a brand new discover for us, that our friend Sarah setup for our last dinner in Beverly Hills. Please please open one in New York… I would be obsessed with it. Red Medicine was conceived by Chef Jordan Kahn after 18-hour shifts in the restaurants, at 3 in the morning, usually at some dive in Chinatown, over steaming bowls of pho. The medicine him and his partners in crime needed to stay awake and focus to what would become a fabulous, unpretentious industrial like Vietnamese Restaurant off Wilshire Blvd.
This is not a traditional Vietnamese restaurant. They are not Vietnamese. And most probably none of them have ever even been to Vietnam! but The smell of mint, cilantro, and peanuts, the radiant warmth of Thai chili, the satisfying richness and funk of fish sauce, the acidic slap in the face of lime, is what spoke to me, and together with the artistic presentation of each dish I was sold. All I can say is that I look forward for my next trip to Los Angeles to visit them again, because that night we were there, I eat as much as I could and was yet not enough. Below are shots of some of the dishes and drinks we shared for a total bill of USD 230. CRISPY SPRING ROLLS dungeness crab, lime. CHICKEN DUMPLINGS caramelized sugar, confitures. BIODYNAMIC LEEKS yuzu, buttermilk. WILD ALASKAN HALIBUT burnt onion, black roots. YOUNG TURNIPS banana vinegar, crème fraîche. As for drinks we tried #84 citrus, thai basil, herbal, soda. #79 smoky, spicy, earthy, honey, sour. #85 grassy, strawberry, spicy, tart. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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