I had the pleasure of having a great dinner at Plum in Shadyside (located in the former Richard Chens space). I was a bit leery due to the lack of info on the cuisine, menu, and reviews. I am aware that it is a very recent opening, however I expecting to find something on the web.
Here is the 911: Food is top notch. EVERYTHING my group ordered was terrific. The flavors and the fresh ingredients shined through in every dish. I was very impressed with how well each dish was presented and seasoned.
The restaurant bar provides a great drink list. The bartender was very friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu. Next time I will spend a bit more time at the bar, very spacious and the service was great. The bar area would be perfect for a quick bite after work.
The sushi bar is very comfortable and roomy. Most sushi bars are a bit cramped. We dined at the sushi bar and enjoyed watching the chef prepare many great dishes. BTW...the executive chef spent some time at Nobu in NYC.
The sashimi and the rolls were the best that I have had in Pittsburgh - including UMI and Chaya. We sampled the lemongrass beef lollipops, spicy seafood soup, and the chicken basil stir fry dish. For dessert we had the Richard Chen's famous chocolate bar with homemade ice cream. Please, do not forget to order this dessert. It feels like a sin with every bite....yes, it IS that good.
The decor is great and the lighting is much better than it was at Richard Chens. Service was great.
I am counting the days until I can return on Thursday so that I may sample more of the menu items.