Burgers, Shrimp Cocktails, and French Dips: Roy Choi’s Hidden Menu at The Line Hotel

The POT chef serves his version of classic hotel fare for lunch

We admit, it’s hard to rationalize visiting The Line Hotel in Koreatown for lunch and skipping out on POT, Roy’s Choi stylish new hot pot restaurant.

But if you can forgo the temptation of uni dynamite rice bowls and pork belly with kimchi for one minute, you might be intrigued by the new lobby lunch menu served in The Line Hotel’s POT Lobby Bar daily, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Just take a seat at one of the geometrically-shaped tables in the lobby and a server will come by to take your lunch order. You can either eat it there or have it wrapped up to-go.

The menu lists what appears to be standard hotel diner fare, including burgers, club sandwiches, French dips, tuna melts, spaghetti, shrimp cocktails, Cobb salads and bowls of clam chowder. You know, the standards.

As you’d expect though, each item gets a bit of a Roy Choi-style makeover. The Roy’s Burger ($12) came studded with tomato jam, sweet-spicy mustard, arugula, and sautéed bacon and onions piled onto a brioche bun. It’s as solid a burger as you’ll find in Koreatown. Crispy shoestring fries—which might remind you of a certain fast food chain’s—are served on the side.

Oddly enough, the whole package is served inside a banana leaf-lined metal tin, vaguely reminiscent of a dim sum steamer or tiffin box.

When The Line Hotel opens it’s rooftop pool to the public in the coming weeks, visitors will be able to order from the lobby menu while taking in the sun upstairs. As much as we love a plate of sizzling galbi, Roy Choi’s fish tacos seem much more suited for poolside lounging.

http://cdn2.lamag.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2014/06/arrow7.png The Line Hotel, 3515 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown, 213-381-7411