Is It Any Good?

Hm. A rice bowl place that’s not nearly as good as Chego.

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So, I’ve just told you about Chego. Roy Choi’s Rice Bowl place. A Chef owned, Chef driven establishment out to give you some very tasty, unique and some would say Hawaiian takes on the Rice Bowl.

So what if you want to go to the…other end of the spectrum?

What if you want to try what could only be called the Chiplote of Rice Bowls.

Well, you’d find yourself at Shop House Southeast Asian Kitchen.

I don’t know what to make of this place. It’s been staring out at me every time I’ve visited the Arclight Hollywood, and I finally got the time to go in.

And it…wasn’t a total mistake.

Look, it’s a nice, large establishment sitting next to the big, big Walgreens on Sunset. Plenty of room. They’ve got a liquor license, so you can go in there and have a beer. If looks like a perfectly nice, acceptable place…

…from the outside.

Inside is another matter.

Inside, you step up to the counter and…pick a rice (or a starch), pick a meat (or tofu if that’s how you roll), pick a grilled vegetable, and a sauce.

That’s it.

Sound like Chiplote? Yeah, I thought you’d see things my way.

Now, whatever it is you have them cook up will be pretty tasty, but the idea that this is how Southeast Asians are cooking up their food?

Ehhhhh….not so much.

I probably would have liked it better, if cooked something up fresh…like Chego does, instead of just assembling it…like Chiplote.

 

WHAT SHOULD I GET?: This is going to be tricky, since there really isn’t a menu. First thing you do is choose your base: White Rice, Brown Rice, Chilled Rice Noodles or Salad.

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Then you choose a meat: Grilled Chicken Satay (traditionally made with peanuts, so I didn’t touch it), Grilled Steak Laab, Pork and Chicken Meatballs or Tofu.

Then a vegetable: Broccoli, Charred Corn, Eggplant and Thai Basil or Green Beans.

And finally a sauce: Tamarind Vinaigrette, Green Curry or Spicy Red Curry.

I think I did White Rice, lukewarm Pork and Chicken Meatballs, Charred Corn and not that Spicy Red Curry. It wound up being…okay. Still wouldn’t trade it for Chego, though.

 

IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Well, they do serve Alcohol (as in beer), but they do tend to run out. It happened to me on my first visit.

 

PARKING: Not sure about on site Parking, but if you’re going to the Arclight across the street, simply park there. But validation is not offered there.

 

MAP DIRECTIONS:
Shop House Southeast Asian Kitchen
6333 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Tel: (323) 462-2856

Hours:
Daily: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm