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My mind was blown last night at Red Medicine

jaykayen Aug 21, 2011 11:34 PM

Cured trout, with roe, charred jalepeno powder, verbena meringue, and baby daikon (?)

The adjacent table had it, and also went crazy.

The rest of dinner was also very good. Pork rillette too dry, my only complaint, but it was still very good.

This place should be more popular on Chowhound.

Red Medicine
8400 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

  1. E Eto Aug 22, 2011 09:55 AM

    I've been to Red Medicine once so far and was also impressed, especially with the desserts (this was for after dinner drinks and desserts, thought some food was shared). While some of the appetizers I tried kind of fell a little flat, I really enjoyed the vibe and friendliness of the staff. I've never been a fan of the Momofuku restaurants in NYC, and as I suspected, Red Medicine is going for something similar, with a fusion spin on their dishes, and I found the flavors much more successful than what I've had at the Momofuku restaurants.

    Red Medicine
    8400 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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      andytseng Aug 22, 2011 10:29 AM

      The one time I was there, I also had a thoroughly enjoyable experience, from food & drink to service. My mind wasn't exactly blown, thus I probably won't be back for a while. Nonetheless, a very solid restaurant, that I think I would visit more frequently if I lived out west.

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        floppy fish Nov 7, 2011 10:04 AM

        We went to Red Medicine this weekend. It was excellent, and I highly recommend it. It is not really an Asian fusion restaurant as some people have described it. I would say that it is more like Contemporary California Cuisine with some Asian ingredients. It is not a haute cuisine riff on Chinese dishes, like Lukshan.
        The presentation was very well done. Each dish looked fantastic. As far as taste is concerned, I know that some people on this board have complained about the food being too sweet, but I did not find that to be the case. Sweet ingredients are used in the dishes but it is not overwhelming. In fact, some of the dishes, like the Santa Barbara prawns, where enhanced by the sweetness (from melon juice). I am not going to go through a dish by dish review because I think that other people have done a better job of that, but I wanted to recommend the duck, ocean trout, and pork dish in addition to the prawns. I think that it is a little on the expensive side ($140 for 3 people), but I would definitely return.

        Red Medicine
        8400 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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        1. re: floppy fish
          Ciao Bob Nov 7, 2011 10:18 AM

          Agree 100%, it is good, but pricy.

          1. re: floppy fish
            andytseng Nov 7, 2011 11:10 AM

            it seems like a lot of people on yelp like to use "asian fusion" pretty loosely, and usually in a derogatory sense (i'm guessing because they consider "asian fusion" to be overdone and out of fashion). i don't see it much on CH though.

            anyway, i think the food at Red Medicine is great. I could nitpick, but I've always had a good time there. My biggest complaint would be that 2 of the 4 times I've been there, so has Rick Bayless, who I can't stand.

            Red Medicine
            8400 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

            1. re: andytseng
              carter Nov 7, 2011 02:31 PM

              He's been at Red Medicine, not Red-O?!


              Maybe Rick will be trying Asian Fusion goes Mexican in his next venture!

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            prequal995 Nov 22, 2011 02:39 PM

            What is the ambience and seating like at Red Medicine. Stools, banquettes, chairs? Roomy, or cozy? Plush, or edgy? Dark, or light? I'm looking for something cozy, small plates, and sexy.

            Red Medicine
            8400 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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            1. re: prequal995
              Ciao Bob Nov 22, 2011 03:43 PM

              small plates - check [and larger plates too]

              sexy - check [dark with a good looking, stylish crowd]

              cozy - uncheck [LOUD, REALLY LOUD; uncomfortable bar and table seats except for a few, cramped but cushioned banquettes]

              1. re: Ciao Bob
                prequal995 Nov 23, 2011 07:06 AM

                thanks - any suggestions that might meet all three criteria? quiet lack of scene is important.

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