There have been plenty of exciting new places on Sawtelle recently, including Tsujita and their amazing tsukemen, but Plan Check brings something completely new to Little Osaka: cocktails! I've been looking forward to the opening since learning that Pablo Moix and Steve Livigni are consulting and created the cocktail menu for this new place.
I was able to attend their friends and family night before the official opening, where they brought out the signature dishes for us to try. The kitchen menu is the creation of Ernesto Uchimura, the chef who was at Umami when they first opened, so think heavy drinking food: burgers, fried chicken, and the likes just a stone's throw away from all the curry and tofu houses.
Out of the two burgers we tried I liked the Bleuprint Burger: akaushi red wagyu beef, smoked blue cheese, pig candy (candied bacon), fried onions, steak sauce, peppercress, "crunch bun" ($11)
Their "standard" burger is the Plan Check Burger with akaushi red wagyu beef, americanized (?) cheese, ketchup leather, onions, pickles, "crunch bun" ($10)
Their appetizer Veggie chips with avocado dip ($6) consisted of yucca, taro, and sweet potato chips.
Smokey fried chicken: Jidori chicken, smoked milk gravy, yam preserves, spicy pickled okra ($12)
OK, now on to Pablo Moix and Steve Livigni's cocktails. The list is concise and pretty comprehensive and contains a nod to Little Osaka with the usage of sake and names reminiscent of Japanese pop culture. I wasn't sure what to order at first so I asked the waitress what her favorite was. She pointed me to the Tropic Thunder: Jalapeno infused vodka, mango, lemon juice, sugar ($10)
I wanted a stronger, less-sweet drink next and the rum cocktail bearing the name of one of my favorite Akira Kurosawa's film caught my eye: High and Low with Zaya rum, Fino sherry, Cointreau, grenadine ($10)
For dessert, they brought out the Cruller Donuts ($6)
Plan Check offers something different compared to other Little Osaka restaurants and I think the area was certainly in need of a bar hangout, especially one with good cocktails! With burgers and fried chicken, the restaurant is an outlier but a nice change from the Japanese and Korean restaurants surrounding it. I can already imagine the people getting tipsy here before walking to the karaoke studio down the street.
Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
1800 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025