A couple of weeks ago I initially heard about this promotion with Red Medicine and Lincoln, where you would get a complimentary dinner if you test drove the new Lincoln MKZ. Personally, I hate driving and I hate test drives, but I’ve been wanting to go back to Red Medicine for some time now. In fact we were planning on going there in the next week for my boyfriend’s birthday, so with this promotion, it was just perfect timing. I was still hesitant because I thought it would be tedious to complete the test drive, so I put off making my reservation until a few days ago. I luckily managed to snag a cancelled reservation, provided that I could fill a four top. So I called the Vinhja and said he HAD to join and then texted Alex to see if he was interested. We all had that hesitation of “is it worth it” – and the answer now, is yes. It was so worth it. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined what an amazing (free) dinner we were in for!
The Lincoln MKZ’s were conveniently parked at the restaurant, and with instructions to arrive at least 15 minutes before the reservation, the pre-meal process was a breeze. Answer a few questions before, go for a drive around the block (Alex drove, we all admired how fancy the car interior was), answer some questions after, and go into the restaurant for dinner. I’m pretty happy with my Ultimate Driving Machine, but if anything this test drive opened my eyes to how nice and fancy the new Lincoln is. It has a build in cooler and there’s something powerful about the engine that the boys were talking about.
I thought the dinner would be simple, three courses maybe. So imagine our surprise when we sat down to an 8 course menu and were informed that it included two drinks. Plus included on the menu were most of my favorite Red Medicine dishes plus a couple I had been wanting to come back and try. Wow.
The boys ordered cocktails of course. The Vinhja started with this red drink.
Alex enjoyed this drink which you had to shake yourself.
I didn’t get pictures of the rest of the cocktails (2 were included per person) because I was too busy eating. But, the boys throughly enjoyed them. Soon our first course arrived:
FAVA RILLETTE – yogurt, meyer lemon
I couldn’t stop eating this. It was so good.
BRUSSELS SPROUTS – shallots, fish sauce
I’m not a fan of vegetables or brussels, but I loved these. They tasted so good.
CRISPY SPRING ROLLS – dungeness crab, lime
I know it’s simple, but I’ve ordered these the last two times I’ve eaten here. Love.
CHICKEN DUMPLINGS – caramelized sugar, confitures
Another one of my go-to dishes at RM. Love these!
YOUNG POTATOES – sake lees, butter
These were perfect.
ALASKAN HALIBUT – grilled over japanese charcoal
IMPERIAL WAGYU BEEF BRISKET – braised for 36 hours with palm sugar & fish sauce
My favorite dish of the night. So tender, this is something I had always wanted to try.
COCONUT BAVAROIS – coffee, peanut
One of my new favorite desserts within the City of Angels. This was amazing.
I feel so lucky to have been able to attend this dinner with my friends. There were a lot of LA food types there that night, and it was nice to run into some friends old and new. Thanks you to Lincoln for hosting this dinner. It was definitely a memorable experience. I’m still on cloud 9. I had been to Red Medicine twice before, but tonight I got to try so many dishes that I will definitely be going back for.
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