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POT at the Line Hotel – Komerican Hot Pot

Roy Choi’s homonymously named POT restaurant stews at the back of the Line Hotel – serving sizzling platters and bubbling cauldrons filled with traditional Korean fare.

Choi, an American born Korean draws on his cultural heritage whilst espousing it with a Southern Californian aesthetic, which intends to abate patron’s munchies in a causally and kitschy cool environment: slurping pig intestines whilst wearing a flowery apron and cackling with friends over a spicy soundtrack of R&B remixes. Although, innards don’t saturate the menu thank god. A little pinch of ‘funk’ seems to be a more popular ingredient in most dishes.

The menu is printed like a newspaper with a geriatric Korean woman smoking a giant spliff on the front page, whilst inside, a colorful and graphic ‘hot-potch’ arrangement of dishes, littered with innuendos, capitalized words, punctuation, shouty text and 90s-esque font presents this spirited teen eatery as a youthful contender against the plethora of traditional older restaurants saturating Koreatown.

The hot pots come in three different sizes. We ordered the ‘Shorty,’ for ‘A few more than two’- a complex, deeply flavorsome stew of braised galbi, chestnuts, dates, taro scallions and sesame and a ‘Kush’ Salad: Asian greens tossed with radish, fruit and pine nuts and washed it all down with metal tumblers of complimentary barley tea, served from a canteen style plastic jug.

The menu is extensive with other banchan: dried, fermented, tender barbecued meats and a noodle dish of the day. 

High or not, Pot did most definitely hit the spot.

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Address

3515 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles

Telephone number

+12133683030

Opening Times

11:00 - 23:00 daily

Price

'Shorty' (2p): US$ 35

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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)