Jordan Kahn’s Destroyer in Culver City
The chef at the former and highly touted Red Medicine in Beverly Hills. Red Medicine’s menu featured Vietnamese-fusion dishes. However, Chef Kahn’s tasting menu at the Red Medicine was a totally different dining experience. Featuring ingredients he foraged from the LA coastline and from the Santa Monica Mountains, he created very imaginative and delicious dishes that seemed to have been inspired by Noma’s Rene Redzepi.
At Destroyer, he seemed to be able to continue his approach to creating delicious food that’s been meticulously prepared and plated. It’s a place where I really enjoyed the food, as long as I block out the hoards of hipsters who flock to this place as if it was an oasis in the Sahara.
Raw Oatmeal, almond milk, red currants and vanilla (second picture is Raw Oatmeal after it has been mixed.)
Marinated Mushrooms, Spelt, Arugala, Fresh Cheese, Seeds
Roasted Baby Yams, Avocado, Yogurt, Lemon (and endive, stuffed with the yam)
Beef Tartare, Smoked Egg Cream, Pickled Mushroom, Radish
Chicken Confit, Yukon Gold Potatoes, Roasted Lettuce, Yuzu, Hazelnut
English Peas, Job’s Tears, Gooseberries, Frozen Cream (second picture shows the goodies underneath that layer of frozen cream)
Roasted Cauliflower, Poached Egg, Black Garlic, Chicken Skin
Rice Porridge, Caramelized Broccoli, Puffed Rice, Burnt Onion (my group dived into it before I was able to snap a proper picture)
Sorrel Leaves, Cheese _____, English Toffee, Baked Apple
Street parking only, and it’s rather hard to find, especially when this place is rather busy throughout the entire day.