Koreatown: POT Launches New Lunch Items
POT has launched new menu items for lunch. If you’re close to K-town for lunch, then it might be a better time to check out POT since it gets so busy in the evening.
We tried the spicy tuna roll which makes a great appetizer. The tuna was actually spicy. Perhaps because generally Japanese food isn’t terribly spicy while Koreans embrace it. Either way, a bit of greens and sprouts keep it from being too spicy.
My favorite thing that day was the Poke Me. Poke as in Hawaiian style ceviche, has become quite popular in LA recently. I adored this dressing and loved all the seaweed, sea beans and Maui onions. I would have been happy with just this and a bowl of rice.
But you can’t go to POT without getting a pot of something. We shared the Old School pot which includes marinated ribeye bulgogi, noodles, kimchi and scallions. It’s very comforting. And also quite spicy. You might mention to your server spice level preference which I didn’t. Ooops.
For lunch, there are other options that include bibimbap. We decided to try this with shrimp. Really great toppings and rice. When all mixed up, it was a satisfying lunch.
Recently I had a conversation with someone who thought Roy Choi should “Roy Choi” POT. I explained that POT was always intended to be really Korean, without the chef’s usual antics. They then said “well, why is it so expensive then? There are a ton of places in K-town that serve the same thing.” Perhaps so, but how many people seek out those spots initially? What Roy has done was made it easy to eat and understand. And once people try it, they probably would want to expand their restaurants repertoire. At least, that’s my take on it. I know I started seeking out other kinds of Korean food (beyond Korean BBQ) once I fell in love with Korean food. I’ll happily eat at any of Roy’s spots as well as the grubby mom and pop shops down the street.