The original Chop House (there’s a second, smaller restaurant at The Arches) is located in Leith, an area that has seen much regeneration over the last few years and is now a popular alternative to the city centre for dining and drinking.
My perception of Chop House has always been of it being a ‘cool’ place to go. For me, cool is a bit of a fine line. I don’t want to go to a restaurant and feel like I don’t fit in, however a trendy relaxed vibe is always welcome.
I was pleased to discover that Chop House was on the right side of the line for me. The decor was modern without feeling like they’d tried to hard. The service was knowledgeable and friendly. The soundtrack was dominated by Blues, which I love. For me it had an east coast American feel, I could have been back in Boston or New York.
Everyone was casually dressed – I’m a jeans and Converse girl, it’s nice to dress up, but sometimes you just want to go eat steak in your favourite jeans with your favourite boy (or girl) and not have to worry about whether you can fit in dessert for fear of your belly bulging out of your dress. Chop House is somewhere you can go and do this in style.
The menu is made up of things you want to eat. Only things you want to eat. Dieters beware, this is seriously rich food.
To prove my point, we started with a Short Rib Scotch Egg. Good god. It was runny, and crispy, and all kinds of delicious. Served with a burnt onion mayo.
To join it were four fat juicy Crispy Shrimp served with a Bloody Mary Ketchup. They were the largest I’ve ever seen, and I can assure it wasn’t all batter. I’m not ashamed to say that I dream of these shrimp.
Onto the main event, and it was a real showstopper – a Porterhouse Steak to share. The one you see is 700g, we could have managed more but with having the full three courses we wanted to play it safe. Sauces are all included in the price so you can have as many as you want. We had them all.
Sides are separate and include Onion Rings, Tomato & Pickled Onion Salad, Mash, Chips, and Mac N Cheese.
For dessert we tried the Coconut and Apple Sorbets, and the Orange Pudding with Madagascan Vanilla Ice Cream. The sorbets were fresh with plenty of flavour, and the sponge pudding was really well made and actually very moreish despite having eaten a huge steak. I was glad that the meal ended on a high, desserts can so often be a damp squib after such a high standard of starter and main.
The beef at Chop House is dry aged, and if you fancy it you can go up and take a look at this. I know some people are a bit squeamish about this, but when you’re paying good money for a top quality product I think it’s nice to take an interest.
Chop House lived up to expectation and the price, it’s everything you want in a steak house, and nothing you don’t. It’s my top recommendation for steak in Edinburgh.
Location: 102 Constitution Street
Price: Steak from £18
Good for: Dry aged beef cooked to perfection