ShopHouse's second L.A. location, on the Third Street Promenade, is officially open for business. Apparently they had a soft-open yesterday, but today's the grand opening day.
My wife and I went to check it out just before noon today. I dropped her off and went to find parking. When she went in, only one other person was in line, so she got our food really quick. By the time I parked and walked in ~10 minutes later, the line was out the door. However, only about a quarter of the seating was taken. Most people were getting the food to go.
My wife's bowl consisted of jasmine rice, grilled chicken satay, green beans, green curry, green papaya slaw, and toasted rice. I tasted it and it definitely had some kick to it.* The spices seemed authentic. I was pleasantly surprised.
My bowl (pictured below) consisted of chilled rice noodles, grilled steak laab, eggplant & Thai basil, tamarind vinaigrette, pickled vegetables, and toasted rice. Again, a little heat, nicely spiced, pleasantly surprised.
In and out, lunch took less than half an hour, but remember that my wife beat the line, and cost less than $16 including tax (no drinks). I'll be back!
*It's not marked on the menu, either online (http://shophousekitchen.com/#/menu) or the to-go menus they were handing out, but on the board, there were small "flame" icons to indicate spiciness:
* None of the bases were marked as spicy.
* Of the proteins, only the tofu was marked as spicy, with 1 flame.
* Of the veggies, the order of of spiciness, from 1 flame to 4 flames, was charred corn, eggplant & Thai basil, broccoli, and green beans.
* Of the sauces, the spicy red curry had 4 flames, the green curry had 2 flames, and the tamarind vinaigrette had 1 flame.
* Of the garnish, the green papaya slaw had 1 flame.
* None of the crispy toppings were marked as spicy.