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I really like Red Medicine and Salt's Cure


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I really like Red Medicine and Salt's Cure

nlk | | Feb 14, 2013 02:05 PM

I’ve been to each a few times. Haven’t tried everything on the menu, but most of what I’ve tried has been awesome.

At Salt’s Cure, the pork chop is heavenly. Perfectly cooked, well spiced, sitting in its own juices. I find myself picking up the bone and gnawing on it.

Had a planked salmon there a few months back. I had never had such tasty salmon. Last night had the rye braised chili pork over onions and grits. Super tender. For dessert there was a grapefruit pie. It was like a cousin to a key lime pie in terms of consistency.

A different time I was there, the guy at the table next to me gave me half of his lamb chops. No shame in taking something that good from a stranger. They were so flavorful.

I might like breakfast at salt’s cure even more than dinner. The griddle cakes, 2 by 2 by 2 of house cured bacon and sausage with eggs is perfect. I can’t think of a better breakfast combo. The breakfast bun is as soft as can be.

I really wanna try that salt’s cure burger and anything else on the menu that folks recommend. Would love to hear about the burger from anyone who’s tried it.

Red Medicine is probably my favorite spot to hit when I splurge a bit. Let’s start with dessert, as is my inclination. That birch ice dish. Comes in a glass bowl that almost looks like a small fish tank. Inside are flavored bubbles, on top is some kind of white chocolate lid that gets crumbled into rest of the dish. Fruit and other stuff inside mixes incredibly with the bubbles and “lid”. I could eat it every day. the pear dessert and the chocolate/coffee/coconut thing is great too.

The chicken dumplings which really aren’t dumplings are one of my favorite dishes. Hot, almost like a meatball, but with a much more delicate texture (again, not really a dumpling) they provide spicy sauce, lime, some herbs and some crunchy onion type things. Perfect.

Brussel sprouts are sort of in nowadays. Seems like every restaurant serves them in some fancy way. Of course the places that serve them with pancetta or some kind of meat are great, but RM does it fully vegetarian, as long as you consider shrimp chips vegetarian. The brussel sprouts come with shrimp chips, whole basil leaves and a gentle sauce. The flavors, texture and crunch of it all is perfect—and its priced reasonably too.

I miss the rice porridge dish, but the toasted grains dish that they replaced it with is almost as good.

What blows me away every time is the uni dish. I’ll admit that I’ve never had uni before. So maybe all uni is this good. But the combination of the tender, smoked uni with Chinese sausage and a cauliflower custard and a bunch of herbs is out of this world. Is all uni this good? Someone enlighten me.

I’ve had many of the protein dishes, the crab, the pork, the beef. They are all great. They bring together great flavors, but I usually hover around the other dishes more. I’ve never had the large format dishes—would love to try them, especially the brisket. Has anyone tried it?