As soon as I heard about ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, the new concept by Chipotle's founder Steve Ells, I had high hopes for the "Asian Chipotle," mostly because it's close to my office. It's convenience food that's conveniently located (for me anyway).
I didn't expect it to be crazy delicious.
I mean it's Asian fast food, and, quite frankly, while I'll eat at Chipotle, I don't love, love it. I much prefer Baja Fresh, if I'm comparing apples to apples, and if I'm comparing apples to oranges, I would much rather eat tacos here or here. So I was really surprised that Shophouse's Vietnamese offerings are full of flavor. Like the flavor just reaches out and grabs you. Then it makes you do the truffle shuffle.