Restaurant: Plan Check Kitchen
Location: 1800 Sawtelle Blvd. Los Angeles, Ca 90025. 310-288-6500
Date: Febuary 11, 2014
Rating: the crullers and chicken were worth the heart attack
Hidden between the Korean BBQ and Japanese noodle joints on Sawtelle the relatively new gastropub style American eatery, Plan Check Kitchen.
Chorizo sausage, green garlic. I don’t really see the garlic, but this is fine fresh chorizo (if said dish can ever be called fresh).
Cucumber, kombu, dill. Nice crunchy modern pickles.
Stuffed mushroom. Roasted portobello, swiss cheese fondue, crispy kale, roasted garlic steak sauce. It was all about the sauce for this baby. And the sauce was same good.
Smokey fried chicken. Jidori chicken, smoked milk gravy, yam preserves, spicy pickled okra. This was some damn good fried chicken. There were no bones, just really moist chicken bits and crunch fry. The gravy was, well gravy, and the yam preserves (looked and tasted not far off from apricot jam) really made the whole sizzling chicken fat thing work. Up there with the Ad Hoc Chicken for recent fried chicken greats.
Cruller donuts. Cooked to order with cream and fruit. Wow. Just pure sugar, cinnamon, and fried goodness. Very soft and under cooked. LOTS of sugar.
Plan Check subscribes to the Gastropub “fast = flavor” style of cooking, but it pickles that with a little vinegar, and does it well.