ShopHouse has taken the Chipotle concept of building your own meal and applied it to southeast Asian cuisine. Pick a base, choose your protein, add your veggies, sauce and garnishes and finish it off with crispy toppings. Instead of tortillas, barbacoa and guacamole, ShopHouse patrons can choose from rice noodles, chicken satay and curry. The menu even indicates how spicy each item is. There is something mild and something very hot in each category.
ShopHouse’s website has beautiful pictures of their menu offerings. Dish prices vary slightly based on which protein you choose, but they each cost less than $7 before tax. It’s a pretty great deal for an amazing meal… especially because they don’t charge you extra for anything like Chipotle does for guacamole.
I chose the following: chilled rice noodles with meatballs, corn, green curry, all the garnishes, crispy garlic and crushed peanuts. I was so satisfied. I was worried that the noodles would be cold, but they weren’t because of the warm meatballs. The meatballs were amazing and really juicy. I loved the contrast of the soft noodles with the crunchy slaws and pickles. The corn added a nice sweetness to the dish. The curry really pulled everything together. It was spicier than I was expecting, but it was the kind of spiciness that added to the flavor, instead of detracting from it. My meal was delicious and I will be back for more!
I also got to try some of the following combination: salad with chicken satay, broccoli, green curry, papaya slaw and pickles. I usually go for chicken, but was hesitant this time because it looked kind of dry in line. After a taste test, I can assure you it was much better than it looks and tastes like Chipotle’s chicken. Why reinvent the wheel?
The chain has two locations in Washington. I went to the recently opened M Street restaurant (the other one is in Dupont), located at the very beginning of Georgetown. I’ll definitely be coming back here more often because of the convenience and quality of the food. This ShopHouse sits at the very beginning of Georgetown, which is close enough to GW for me to not mind the walk. This location is open until 10 p.m. every night, which means I can get my fix practically whenever I want, unlike most of the fast food places in Foggy Bottom, which close after commuters leave downtown D.C..
ShopHouse’s website lays down the meal options really well. See the menu below to learn how to navigate the endless options, and not look like an amateur on your first visit.
BASES – Choose One
PROTEINS – Choose One
VEGETABLES – Choose one
The tamarind vinaigrette is mild, the green curry has a kick to it and the spicy red curry is hot!
GARNISHES – Choose as many as you like
CRISPY TOPPINGS – Choose as many as you like