West Los Angeles welcomes Plan Check Kitchen + Bar, a hip new gastropub, to its “Little Osaka” neighborhood, known mostly for its Asian-fusion cuisine and Hello Kitty souvenirs. Chef Ernesto Uchimura, formerly of Umami Burger fame, joins forces with owner Terry Heller to bring small, tasty bites and handcrafted cocktails and beer to the Westside. Situated next to the Building and Safety Department, Plan Check draws architectural inspiration and moniker from its industrial neighbor, which sees a healthy rotation of engineers, architects, and developers through its creative doors.
Plan Check Kitchen + Bar exterior — Photo courtesy of Sujata Day
Stop by for a specialty cocktail or come hungry for deliciously executed grub that’s not your usual pub-fare. Favorites include the PCB Plan Check Burger, a hearty cheeseburger with onions and pickles, and fried chicken sandwich with duck ham and pimento cheese. A succulent short rib pot roast and crunchy fried chicken with yams and okra round out mouthwatering main dishes not to be missed. Sweet tooth aching to be satiated? Top your meal with a delectable dessert of made-to-order donuts drizzled in cream and fruit or assorted flavors of ice cream bars.
Made-to-order donuts drizzled in homemade cream and sliced bananas — Photo courtesy of Sujata Day
In the mood for a snack? Order savory starters and appetizers like wasabi beer nuts, oysters, cheese and meat plate, or heavenly baked crab dip. Venture out of your safety cocktail zone and opt for the Tropic Thunder, jalapeno vodka with mango and lemon, or Chiapas, chai-infused tequila mixed with almond milk and spices. Sip a superb selection of bottled and draft beers, specialty whiskey, or wine. Plan Check Kitchen + Bar neatly fits into West L.A.’s “Little Osaka” neighborhood by boasting crave-worthy cuisine and unique cocktails.