Korean street food moves indoors
Apparently, there’s a right way to enjoy Pot--as in star chef Roy Choi’s new restaurant at the Line Hotel in Koreatown. (What did you think we were talking about?)
First, go at 6:30 p.m., before dinner service turns the windowless dining room into a din. Ask the friendly servers for guidance--like we did when we were handed a child’s apron and a newspaper upon being seated. (The first is a grown-up bib to catch juicy bits; the latter, a four-page menu.)
If you’re super-hungry, order a fragrant, bubbling hot pot stew to share. Those with mild palates should try the Cabbage mixture (tofu and veggies, $22); heat lovers, opt for the Boot Knocker (Spam, corned beef hash and ramen, $26).
Or perhaps you just want apps and a couple beers. (Keep the $6 Thai Singhas coming!) If so, don’t miss the crispy potato pancake with chili dipping sauce ($11) and the kimchi fried rice ($10), a skillet of spicy grains cooked ’til it’s crunchy on the bottom, topped with a fried egg.
Sigh. We’re dreaming of our next visit to Pot, and we don’t even have the munchies.
Pot, 3515 Wilshire Blvd. (in the Line Hotel lobby); 213-368-3030 or facebook.com/eatatpot