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

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

plum pan asian kitchen, east liberty
August 23, 2015

You don’t need a passport to hop aboard Plum Pan Asian Kitchen’s culinary tour of Japan, China, and Thailand; but you do need an appetite.

An East End fixture since August 2009, the pan-asian kitchen boasts a hearty, diverse menu 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.

Lovers of vino will be impressed by Plum’s fine selection, which happens to occupy an entire wall. But the bar’s cocktails — concocted with fresh, local ingredients and probably wizardry — are on another level. Do yourself a favor 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 an 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, or 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 next kitchen remodel.

Photos by Tara Bennett