Red Medicine and Formosa Cafe Team Up in HollywoodBy Lesley Balla
January 8, 2014
For a long time the food wasn't really the point of visiting the iconic Formosa Cafe in West Hollywood. It's a great place for drinks, the roof, the retro decor and Hollywood history, but the Kung Pao chicken, spring rolls and satay were pretty forgettable. The team behind Red Medicine - chef Jordan Kahn, operating manager Noah Ellis and Adam Fleischman - is about to change that. They've partnered with Formosa's Vincent Jung to revamp the menu, and chef Mark Tagnipez (XIV, Red Medicine, Momofuku, Trois Mec) will execute dishes like the chicken dumplings, banh mi, brisket and other Vietnamese-inspired dishes Kahn's been creating at his Beverly Hills restaurant.
This is part of Formosa's 75th anniversary, which is this year. Originally open in a Red Car trolley in 1925, the restaurant became Formosa Cafe in 1939. Since it was next to one of the early studio lots (now called The Lot), movie stars like Clark Gable, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando were regulars - just look at the photos on the walls. If you see someone's head shot, they were probably there at some point. It had a cameo in L.A. Confidential, and is still a terrific setting for that true, old-school Hollywood vibe.
The decor will remain untouched, but the new menu will kick in by the end of January.