Red Medicine is a Vietnamese fusion restaurant that recently opened a few months ago. It’s probably more known for the drama generated by some controversial actions by the management rather than its food unfortunately. It’s ratings on Yelp are pretty dismal, mostly because of the drama. I’m usually not a fan of fusion food, but some of bloggers were writing good things along with their appetizing pictures. So, the H.o.P. made a night of it.
I’ve had a fair amount of “fancy foods” in my life. Red Medicine really takes all that to a new level. They go beyond fancy and border on esoteric. That being the case, the food is still accessible to the common man’s taste buds. The common man’s stomach may not appreciate the smaller portion sizes, which combined with the lighter fare, can make for one hungry hungry hippo.
**SLR-quality photos courtesy of Running Man**
Blue Lantern Bay Scallops braised radishes, beurre blanc, fish sauce, lime skin, nasturtium
The salad was delicious. Pretty standard in flavors and textures though. Not too many fusion elements going on here aside from the different ingredients like tree nuts, but it was a success nonetheless.
This was another successful vegetable side dish like the brussel sprouts. It probably wasn’t anything too special or fusion-y but everyone felt it was a solidly prepared and something we’d all like to have with a big bowl of rice! Maybe it was a tad too salty, but I didn’t mind.
They were crunchy crabby fried delights. Despite the attempt to reinvent the eggroll, I wasn’t too impressed. They crab had a creaminess which was a bit strange
I can’t remember much from this dish, but I think everyone liked it. Did I taste the chlorophyll? Uh, where was it??
The duck seemed a bit overdone and therefore a bit drier. The flavor was nice, but nothing remarkable. Grains of paradise??
We did not order these and were given these by mistake. They were not good at all. Some weird peppers, covered in something strange and mealy, like cornmeal?
At this point we were all still hungry, so went for a 2nd round of ordering. Had I know these little guys weren’t actually dumplings, but rather meatballs than I totally would have ordered them the first time. They were awesome. Juicy tasty chicken meatballs that were served with lettuce cups and all the accoutrements to make some Vietnamese inspired lettuce wraps. Thumbs up!
This was very similar to thit kho which is a Vietnamese style pork stew, but made with pintade fermier which I’m sure all of you know is a chicken, right? Riiiiight. The picture is not deceiving, the portion is pretty small, especially when you’re splitting it with 6 people.
I was not a fan of this dish. I usually like beef tongue, but the texture of this was too soft and mushy. Also, I did not like the mixture of mustard and daikon. Flavors were sorta off.
WOW WOW WOW. This dish practically cancels out all the so so dishes of the night. Originally meant to be a beef brisket, the waiter came to us saying the beef came out “darker” than how they would have liked, ie they burned it! So they had to substitute with the pork belly. Anyways, the meat was soo tender and the glaze was the perfect balance of salty and sweet. It was served lettuce wrap style and made for one amazing dish. Everyone was in love.
I can’t remember the desserts all that well. They were so exotic and unique. Nothing was so straightforward as a cake or tart. Everything was complicated in flavor and composition. This dessert was just terrible though. The macaroons were stale!
Everyone really loved this dessert. Nobody could really figure out what they were exactly eating though. There was something chocolately, something nutty, something cold, something creamy and rich. It was very unique to say the least.
Another so so dish. I liked the flavors of the black currant and lychee but definitely did not like the powdery red stuff everywhere else. Gentian? Hyssop?
So after all was ordered and eaten, we were FINALLY full. I was actually stuffed. I really liked some dishes (brussel sprouts, banh mi, oyster mushrooms, chicken dumplings, pork belly), and I just did not get others (fluke, lime sabayon, calves tongue). While I was not too bothered by the small portions, Pdho felt it was just torturous. I think Quadruple T probably felt the same but he didn’t say too much. A place like Animal, with their incredibly rich heavy dishes, can get away small portions, a place like Red Medicine has such light food that you need more of it to feel satisfied. I would recommend trying Red Medicine, but you may want to bring an encyclopedia to look up all the weird ingredients they use.
8400 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211