You won't find a burrito at Chipotle's much buzzed about Asian spin-off restaurant, ShopHouse Kitchen.
Sources have confirmed that the Southeast Asian inspired fast food joint will feature noodles and rice, topped with meat, vegetables and/or Asian condiments like nuts and sauces inspired by food found in Thailand, Malaysia, and China.
You may find a similar decor though. If you're comfortable around simple, stainless steel designs and ordering behind a counter, the ShopHouse Kitchen may replace your weekly trip to Panda Express. If, of course, the chain goes national.
So far only one location in Washington DC has opened, but has been met with generally positive reviews, like this one:
"My thoughts: good food, small portions. I had a bowl with rice noodles, tofu, Chinese broccoli, and tamarind sauce. The food was nicely spicy (good for me, but definitely too spicy for some friends of mine). Everything was fresh and flavorful and the stand out to me was the Chinese broccoli. The staff was friendly and the kitchen was bopping. Steve Ells (founder of Chipotle) was even there to say hi at the end of the counter! My only complaint: I left kinda hungry. For a similar price I can go get more food at any of the other Asian fusion places nearby."
The same thing could have been said for Chipotle when it first opened, so we imagine it's only a matter of time before they start popping up in every major city.
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