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Wine dining at Plum: Sushi, curry + cocktails in East Liberty

plum pan asian kitchen, east liberty
PHOTOGRAPHY BY TARA BENNETT
August 23, 2015

You don’t need a passport to hop on Plum’s culinary tour of Japan, China, and Thailand. What you do need is an appetite.

An East End fixture since August 2009, the pan-asian kitchen boasts a menu as tall as its ceilings and decor that rivals the aesthetics of the prepared dishes themselves. We came for the perfectly plated sushi and the full-scale vegan menu, but we returned for the curry and noodles. And the wine. And the cocktails.

plum pan asian kitchen, east liberty

Lovers of vino will be impressed by Plum’s fine selection (which happens to occupy an entire wall). But their cocktails — concocted with fresh, local ingredients and probably wizardry — are on another level. Do yourself and order one, stat. It won’t be your only.

While lofty and sophisticated, Plum’s ambiance is never intimidating — perhaps due in part to its inviting locale on the corner of Centre and Highland avenues. With its all-glass exterior mirroring the patio’s luminous cafe lighting, this place is tough to miss (and even tougher to pass up). Stop in for date night; a post-work grub sesh; a lengthy lunch break. At the very least, you’ll leave with leftovers for days and a notebook’s worth of visual inspiration for your kitchen remodel.

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