Monday, January 26, 2015

Smokin' Bowls

Customize your curry at ShopHouse, a new concept from the Chipotle crew


Chipotle was born in 1993. Since then, we’ve witnessed the Chipotle-ization of sushi, pizza, grilled cheese and recently, shoes.
Meanwhile, Chipotle itself never strayed from Mexican — until now.
Enter ShopHouse, their new cathedral of customization. 
A take on fare served at Southeast Asian shophouses (two- or three-story buildings with families living on the top floor and operating markets on the ground floor), Shophouse's first LA location is housed in a one-story, no-frills space across from Hollywood’s Arclight.
The drill: Step right up to the assembly line, home to more combinations than a safe.

Start with a choice of jasmine rice, brown rice, chilled rice noodles, or a salad. Then, protein-pack with chicken satay, meatballs, steak laab, or tofu. Get creative with a choice of vegetable, sauce, garnish, and crispy topping.

Beware: Unlike Chipotle's salsas, the curries are surprisingly spicy. If you’re fire-breathing averse, ask to try them first. Half-dragon? Go full force with red curry and Sriracha — bottles of the liquid lava abound.

You're gonna wash it down with an Arclight soda later, anyway.

Shophouse Southeast Asian Kitchen
6333 Sunset Blvd. (at Vine), Hollywood
(323) 462-2856

Price: 3 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Scene: Young and value-oriented
Parking: Lot, one hour free with validation
Hot seat: Near the column that doubles as a wall rack for Sriracha sauce
Nearby: Space15Twenty; Arclight; The Well

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