By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)
The Plan Check Kitchen & Bar serves classic American cuisine with a Japanese influence. You can expect generous portions and unique dishes.
When ordering their oysters on the half shell, the server asks, “How many do you want?”
These oysters are much larger than the ones served at other restaurants. Each oyster measures around 3-to-5 inches long, it is similar to eating two or three oysters in one.
Their interesting Japanese Yuzukosho cocktail sauce was prepared with Chile peppers to add a zing to the oysters. The Yuzu is a Japanese citrus fruit.
Another appetizer that sounds intriguing with a Japanese touch is the baked crab dip topped with dynamite sauce, masago, charred tomato and nori with toast.
Masago are small crunchy orange eggs (roe) from the capelin fish (salmon family).
Nori is the Japanese name for paper-thin sheets of edible dried seaweed used to wrap sushi and rice balls.
The short rib pot roast entrée is cooked with wine for about six to eight hours until it is tender then served in a hot iron skillet.
There is also bone marrow, a turnover pie and sweet and sour mirepoix.
Mirepoix is used to season sauces and stews as well as for a bed on which to braise meats or fish.
With several flavors in one dish, you can mix your taste choices.
The Plan Check Bar offers an impressive collection of spirits including American Bourbon (9), American Rye Whiskey (15), Rum (5), Vodka (3), Gin (6), Agave (8), Japanese Whiskey (22), Japanese Flights (6), Canadian Whiskey (2), Ire whiskey (6), Bourbon & Whiskey (24) and Scotch Whiskey (16).
They also serve Cocktails (9), Draft beer (8), Bottled Beer (18) and Wine (10).
Even their house-made soda recipe is different with its mixture of Yuzu, mango, vanilla cream and lemon.
Sunday-Wednesday: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.;
Thursday: 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.;
Saturday & Sunday: 11:30 a.m.–Midnight;
The Plan Check Kitchen and Bar is located at 1800 Sawtelle Boulevard., in west Los Angeles. This neighborhood is named the Little Osaka area because of all the Japanese restaurants there.
For information, call (310) 288-6500. www.plancheckbar.com
Award winning Sandy Zimmerman has been involved in producing television programs, TV commercials, and travel specials for 28 years. Sandy is a syndicated Show and Dining Reviewer, travel writer, professional photographer and talk show host of the Las Vegas Today Show and Discover the Ultimate Vacation travel specials. For information or questions about any of Sandy’s columns, contact Sandy Zimmerman at (702)-735-6974.