by Sophie Gayot
This morning when I turned on my computer, I was happy to hear from Jordan Kahn, the very modern pastry chef formerly of XIV and Alinea, about his new venture. Kahn will be resurfacing soon at Red Medicine, a contemporary Vietnamese restaurant featuring local ingredients and modern cooking techniques. Its logo sure looks contemporary! No word on desserts yet, but by the end of his tenure at XIV, his creations were among the best I ever had.
Red Medicine is slated to open mid-July for lunch and dinner on the site of Hokusai, the once-highly-rated Japanese-French restaurant, at the corner of Wilshire and Gale. It will offer some family-style dining in a rustic, yet urban-industrial setting with an understated modern style. Kahn plans on complementing the food with a seasonally relevant cocktail program and a small, unique wine list focusing on Riesling and other German/Austrian varietals. Will it give Crustacean, the twelve-year-old Vietnamese restaurant in Beverly Hills, a run for its money?