The Little Dipper Hot Pot House is now open in downtown Rockville. Credit: Joe Zimmermann

A new Asian restaurant that lets diners cook their food at the table has opened in Rockville.

Little Dipper Hot Pot House, which serves fondue-style Asian noodle and rice dishes with a bowl of hot stock in the middle of the table for cooking meat, opened Thursday in Rockville Town Square. As part of its soft opening, the restaurant is currently serving dinner and will open for lunch beginning Wednesday, Melissa E, the restaurant’s general manager, said Monday.

The restaurant, which seats about 90, serves six different options for dippers—tomato, spicy, miso, curry, Thai and veggie—each with their own ingredients. Diners chose a pot base, then the level of spiciness, the protein and the starch, either rice or noodles.

“There’s a pretty simple menu, but there’s a lot of variety with each pot,” E said.

Dinner is $13.99 and lunch is $11.99. Lunch comes with a complimentary iced green or iced black tea, a specialty of the restaurant, E said.

This is the second location of Little Dipper, which operates another restaurant in Falls Church, Virginia.


The restaurant will be open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and again from 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays.