What Roy Choi's Cooking Up at Pot at The Line HotelBy Lesley Balla
December 3, 2013
Roy Choi has released little about POT, the new restaurant he's opening at The Line Hotel at Wilshire and Normandie next month. He divulged the name of the restaurant at a dinner he did with David Chang and Wolfgang Puck in Bel-Air earlier this summer, and recently told Zagat how excited he was to get back in the kitchen to plan the menu for the restaurant. He described it as "a Korean restaurant in Koreatown serving Korean food from a chef who’s not trained in Korean food." Not only will POT debut, but Choi will also oversee food in the lobby bar, a cafe, a daytime garden setting for juices and salads, and room service at the hotel. Here are some new details released on hotel website, which you'll notice has the same patois as Choi's L.A. Son:
On POT: Expect "Korean food through the eyes of an American with Korean blood." So things like hot pots, blood soups and BBQ. "It's the late nights on the streets, it's a joyous celebration of life. Most of all, it's good times and good food in the hood."
On the POT Lobby Bar: Touted as a "classic hotel bar as found in Korea for international travelers." With a hefty dose of LA-Koreatown energy thrown in for local flavor.
On Cafe: "Take all the chaos of Taiwanese bakeries, Korean underground food markets in Seoul, Salvadoran and Mexican panaderias here in LA and supermarket birthday cakes, and you may get an idea of where we are going with Cafe." Somewhere in there that means $1 coffees by LAMILL and hot buns.
On Commissary: This sounds like a poolside cafe with a vegetarian, healthful focus: juice, salads, breakfast. "Commissary is your own little oasis where you can feel right at home and chill."
Additionally, Mark and Jonnie Houston, the seemingly unstoppable twin brothers behind Dirty Laundry, No Vacancy, La Descarga, Pour Vous and many more, will open The Speek, a "discrete mid-century lounge." Hotel reservations begin in January, which is when the food and bev concepts will most likely debut, too.