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QUIRKY- MODERN- ASIAN – INVENTIVE- FRESH- YOUNG
OUT OF 10
FOOD-8.5 SERVICE-6.5 DECOR-7 PRICE- MODERATE VIBE- COOL HIP
I haven’t been to a restaurant as inspiring and creative as RED MEDICINE in Los Angeles since I went to Nobu the first time.
Regardless of the notorious reputation of Chef Jordan Kahn, the cuisine and especially plating is sowhimsical, feminine, organic and playful I felt like a child again. Like playing in a magical garden, each ingredient is close to its most natural form with vegetables having edible shoots and flowers and roots plated to make astounding compositions. But these dishes are not just pretty. The level at which Kahn pushes textures, flavour combinations and presentation makes me believe the world of cuisine is still able to change and move into new exciting directions.
He plates the main courses as if you have to go digging in the garden for buried treasures. It very playful, interactive and inventive.
My one gripe would be the service is moody and un-attentive, and considering this restaurant has the potential to become a megastar in the cuisine world that is really bad business. If I had the money and know-how in “restauranteuring” I would bring this restaurant to New York and London and train top notch waitstaff to deliver the delicacies. I think it could be the next Nobu style high-end restaurant group.
Also an outstanding dessert is the MUSCAT GRAPE with almond, white chocolate, zucchini, elderflower, violet $10, where the Muscat Grapes are frozen and the elderflower and white chocolate mousse is made into about 4-5 gelatin balls. It was so delicate, feminine and mind-blowing.
All the dishes are great for a group or a date and make great conversation starters! Kahn who has never been to Asia seems to have inspired enough thought on Asian flavours from the comfort of his kitchen that it proves imagination is really a product of the mind and perhaps better not affected by tradition.
Dinner for 4 costs about $200-$250 with wine which is very affordable for the level of cuisine.
Overall the vibe is hispter cool, in the awkward neighbourhood of Downtown LA, and you may have to pinch yourself till the staff improves. But RED MEDICINE is worth the journey for those who are ready to try something truly new, delicious, inventive and memorable.
“Sweet Dreams and Meaty Sauces” xx
8400 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
redmedicinela.com – Check out their website! It is especially beautiful.