The 40th Anniversary of the beloved Hello Kitty certainly warrants a celebration of delicious proportions and the first ever Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt does not disappoint. From October 24, 2014 to November 21, 2014, 11 participating restaurants in Downtown/Little Tokyo, Mid-City and Sawtelle will be serving up their Hello Kitty themed dish and/or beverage accompanied by a collectible Hello Kitty pin of the famous feline herself enjoying a culinary treat. Of course all menu items and pins are exclusive to each location and available for a limited time. James of Dessert Tour decided to check out Plan Check at their downtown LA location – one of the 11 spots in the Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt.
Plan Check Kitchen & Bar
1111 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90017
James: The HK Bento Box, created by chef Ernesto Uchimura, came with an excellent burger. That was not surprising as Plan Check has been touted as one of the better burger joints in Los Angeles. The pink gruyere cheese added a touch of Hello Kitty whimsy and the burger is paired with fries and a spicy tuna salad. But seeing as this is the Dessert Tour post – let us focus on the HK sweets that came with the bento box!
HK Ice Matcha Latte – The latte was a good size to compliment the meal, the foam was nice and thick. The matcha latte itself wasn’t too sweet which I liked and the nice HK matcha dusting on the foam in the shape of Hello Kitty’s face of course! charmingly tied the latte into the HK theme.
Cruller Doughnut – Plan Check’s doughnut was fried to a crispy texture outside while being nice and soft and fluffy inside. A fresh doughnut is always like a taste of heaven. Topping it with strawberry was excellent because it cut down the richness of the overall dish.
My final thoughts was that even though I wasn’t able to try all the HK Hungry Hunt spots, I was glad I chose to go to Plan Check since it seemed like their HK Bento Box had a little of everything from savory to spicy, from hot to cold, to perfectly balance the sweet for a well rounded Hello Kitty culinary experience.
Photos courtesy of James Lee of Mr & Mrs Creamery
introduction and edit by AL