Roy Choi's POT
Had a wonderful dinner at Roy Choi's POT at the Line Hotel in Koreatown tonight. Went early around 4:30 and the restaurant was around 1/2 full. Very friendly staff, the first thing they do is offer you a apron and believe me you will need it. Started with the $11 noodle of the day with chilled somen noodles with raw and pickled vegetables, chili paste and hard boiled egg. Very tasted. Also as starters we had the saltwater brined Mackerel (one of the best dishes of the night), the beer braised pork belly with sautéed kimchi and steamed tofu, and the Squid spicy Yum with grilled squid, rice cakes and jalapeño. The main dish is their hot pots. They come in 4 sizes and are meant to be shared (single pots starts at $9 and go up to $96 for four). We had the Fisherman's Wharf with rock cod, crab, sardine, clams, mussels, fish roe, shrimp, tofu, daikon, scallions, Sesame, spicy paste and herbs. Wow was that good. This is a mix of traditional Korean and Roy Choi's LA take on Korean food and for us it really worked. Wonderful and friendly service. The bill for the two of us with no alcohol was $110 and had plenty to take home. On our way out we stopped at their cafe in the lobby for some take home treats including sweet custard buns and their mac and cheese french bread pizza. We will definitely be back. Just a warning they do not take reservations. We were told after 7 it gets very busy. They have only been open only since Tuesday and they said the wait can be as long as 2 hours in the evening. Full bar if you want while you are waiting.
They were out of a few of the dishes we wanted to try…the Kat Man Doo Steamed dumplings and the Beep Beep Uni Dynamite Rice bowl. A good reason to return.
Here is a list of all the POTs and prices,,
The Boot Knocker: tofu; instant ramen; canned meats including Spam, corned beef hash, spicy pork sausage; rice cakes; fish cakes, chile paste, herbs pork and seafood broth ($23/$44/$55)
Dang, Son: spicy rice cakes, fish cakes, onions, chewy noodles, hard-boiled eggs, scallion, anchovy broth ($21/$38/$49)
Redondo Beach: spicy crab, bean sprouts, sesame, onions, nira, tofu ($35/$65/$86)
Dak Dak Dak: spicy chicken, onions, peppers, herbs, "funk" ($25/$49/$61)
Cabbage: soy bean paste, vegetables, tofu, squash, potatoes ($22/$41/$52)
Fisherman's Wharf: rock cod, crab, sardines, clams, mussels, fish roe, shrimp, tofu, daikon, scallion, sesame, spicy paste, herbs ($39/$72/$96)
Jamaal Wilkes: silky tofu, shrimp, clams, mussels, kimchi, scallion, pork belly, egg ($34/$56/$84)
Inside Story: wild sesame, tripe, blood, intestine, pork broth, herbs ($23/$45/$58)
Shorty: braised galbi, chstnuts, dates, taro, carrots, turnips, scallion, sesame ($35/$59/$85)
Old School: marinated prime rib bulgogi, noodles, kimchi, scallion, sesame ($36/$78/$94)