I didn’t get it. Though, in fairness, it may have been an off day.
Loved Red Medicine and was really looking forward to trying Destroyer. Headed over there on a rainy Tuesday, hoping to beat the crowds.
Started with the beef tartare, which looked and sounded delicious in the menu description and online reports. Unfortunately, it seems I got a modified version that did not work for me at all.
You can see they used radicchio instead of radishes. There also was a grain(?) component I wasn’t expecting that overwhelmed the meat. The smoked egg cream tasted like plain old mayonnaise. The dish was crying out for a hit of acid, which the pickled mushrooms were presumably supposed to provide. They did not.
I also ordered the frozen peas, which were similarly disappointing. The peas themselves were fresh and crisp, which I love. But the frozen cream added nothing except visual appeal, and there were no gooseberries I could discern. Felt like I got the Ned Flanders special: a bowl of ice milk with peas.
Adding insult to injury, I was done eating by the time my lunch mates’ orders of chicken confit came out. It seemed like the kitchen was having a problem with this dish because I noticed several other people experienced similar delays. Also, the chicken portion was smaller than others have reported.
As I say, it seemed like the place was having an off day. Like they were unprepared for the number of people who would show up on a rainy day and just got overwhelmed.
Regardless, I felt like the items I ordered would be better as shared appetizers or sides on a dinner menu. The tartare was too small a portion to be lunch by itself. The peas were a huge portion, but too one note to be a satisfying lunch. The two together was too much food for me.
I wish more of the dishes were the portion size of the chicken confit. Alternatively, I would suggest folks do what @President_Mochi did and split several different dishes among friends.