I ate at Red Medicine for the first time last night. The food was indeed amazing, the only loser was the lamb, which came out dry and flavorless. Everything else expressed the highest level of creativity and sophistication. And the birch ice cream was genius.
The food has been talked about plenty on this site, and what I really want to mention is the atmosphere. Did anyone else find it totally offputting to be eating this kind of food (and spending this kind of money) in a rock'n'roll roadhouse? Talk about cognitive dissonance. It seriously detracted from my enjoyment of the food. I don't need white tablecloths and cut flowers, but the pounding music, dark lighting, builder's depot decor, and do-it-yourself silverware stored in jars on the table, was just plain weird. It was the kind of place I'd expect to have a burger and a beer. Does the chef, or the restauranteur, or whoever, really have so little regard for the sensibilities of the diners and the quality of the dining experience? There seemed something deliberately puerile and aggressive about insisting that we submit to this low, party atmosphere. "Screw you, grown-ups. I don't care how much you're spending. It's my restaurant, and I want to party!".
By the way, the place was practically empty the entire time we were there, from 8:30. Granted, monday night is not the busiest night, but still. Empty. Maybe they scared away too many grown-ups.