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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

Very nice.

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.

Red Medicine

8400 Wilshire Blvd

Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(323) 651-5500

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The first time I visited Red Medicine, I was still suffering from the ill effects of being pushed into a light pole in my three week old beautiful car. So even though I’m sure it was a wonderful meal, I don’t remember most of it. However, despite the concussion I was recovering from (and the memory loss), there is one dish that I do remember clearly and that is the foie gras dish with the croissant. Swoon.

So with the impending foie ban looming, the Vinhja and I had been spending most of the last week plotting where we had to eat before the 1st. He decided to go with Animal, and I decided I needed Red Medicine to eat that foie dish one last time. You know, without the concussion this time. I found myself seriously craving that dish, but I couldn’t find anyone willing to go with me. The Vinhja told me to go alone, but I didn’t want to drive all the way over there alone.

After having a coffee break with The Hustler (who is back in town for a month) I went home and took a nap. I had accepted ¬†that I just wouldn’t be making it out to Red Medicine before the ban, no biggie. Just kidding. I was really bummed. Then around 9pm I was awakened by a phone call from a friend saying we should go to Red Medicine. I jumped in the shower, threw on a dress, and was ready to go! As my friend drove, I made an 11pm reservation using the Open Table app (best ever) and we arrived at 11:01pm. Perfect! I told the host that we were there for the foie as he got the menus and was ready to walk us to our table.

So imagine that dagger through my heart when the host told me that they were out of the dish. Facepalm. We debated on leaving since that was our main purpose, but I had been itching to try the banh mi, and since we were already there, I figured I could try some dishes from last time again, now that I am clear headed and no longer concussed. We ended up sitting in the bar area and ordered three dishes as a little snack since we were going to go eat dinner at another place afterwards. First up were the chicken dumplings. I remembered these from last time because of the plating, but I didn’t remember the lettuce wraps or the pickles. Assembling these was great fun.

These are chicken dumplings with caramelized sugar and pork fat. Love. These totally softened the blow of not getting foie tonight. Seriously, so good.

Next was the banh mi that I had been wanting to try and is only available in the bar area. Traditionalists will probably be all snooty when it comes to the Red Med version, but at the end of the day, yeah it was good. The pork belly was the best part. My friend had never eaten banh mi before…looks like we need to pay a visit to Lee’s soon.

The last dish we ordered was the beef tartare, which apparently I had on my prior visit but don’t remember (pesky concussion). The thing is, this dish was so good tonight, that I’m sure I would remember it. Then it occurred to me that the plating might be different now? Regardless…I’ve had many a beef tartare within the City of Angels and this one was one of the best I’ve had lately.

So despite that sadness about missing out on Red Medicine’s foie dish, which along with Bouchon’s terrine, is a tie for the best foie I’ve had, tonight was a good night. I can’t wait to go back to Red Medicine and order half the menu again with a clear head this time. If tonight’s snacks are any indication, then I’m in for a real treat!

Red Medicine

8400 Wilshire Blvd.

Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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