I finally got the chance to try London Plane in Pioneer Square, near Occidental Park. I went for my birthday with 4 other friends. This cute place offers a number of things including food to go, pastries, coffee, sit in dining, wine bar, flowers (currently they have a ton of dahlias), cookbooks, and other assortments of things.
Atmosphere: This place is the definition of cute/hipster/all things golden. High ceilings with seating surrounding the large windows as well as seating upstairs. I would highly recommend making reservations because it can get pretty crowded. We waited about 15 minutes for a table for 5 on a weekday. I hear it can be up to 1.5 hrs on the weekends!
Pricing: A little more expensive than you would think. I would say a couple more dollars than you’d like for a dish. However, I think it’s worth it for the quality of food.
Service: Awesome! The host was very gracious as well as our server. Our server checked in on us constantly and was attentive.
Bread & spread: pink – mezze beet hummus, charred eggplant-tomato spread, & cashew romesco with an assortment of bread and crackers.
Impression: I really enjoyed the first two spreads. The cashew was okay! Great blast in flavors that was also colorful. A great dish for sharing.
Trio of salads: left – potatoes, sweet onions, sultanas & fennel, with dill and mustard aioli
bottom – roasted zucchini, green beans, corn & bulgur, with basil and pepita tahiti dressing
top right – beets & their greens, with roasted cauliflower & walnut pesto
Impression: Overall, the serving size was quite large! I enjoyed the sweet potatoes with onions. The corn and bulgur was also quite tasty. Everything is pretty dense and heavy so it filled us up. The top right had darker flavors that was also good, but probably my least favorite.
Spicy kimchee fried rice: This also had bacon and 2 fried eggs on top with cilantro, green onions, and a nice lime squeeze. Their rice had a nice crisp to it. I didn’t taste too much kimchee and I didn’t think it was that spicy. Overall a pretty solid dish.
Avocado toast: curried avocado, shaved radish, red cabbage & cilantro. This is a hearty toast with a thick, crunchy crust. A little difficult to cut and share! Overall I enjoyed it, but I’m a huge avocado fan.
Overall: I really enjoyed the atmosphere with the open windows. Great lighting for pictures I like the idea of sharing plates just so you can try different items. Service was great. Food was great. I’d definitely come back to try other items on their menu. It looks as if it’s seasonal!