Still standing out from the crowd with its regional menu, Chop Chop is worth a visit for the dumplings alone.
By now, there can’t be many in Edinburgh unfamiliar with the Chop Chop approach, which eschews typical anglicised Chinese fare for authentic cuisine from the north-east of the country, served up in a variety of portion sizes. For the uninitiated though, that means delicious filled dumplings, either boiled (Jiao Zi) or fried (Guo Tie), a number of unusual but alluring vegetarian selections (like shredded potato salad with garlic, coriander and sesame oil) plus lashings of flavoured noodles. The takeaway service – which includes generous meal-deals and discounts for members – follows the same winning formula as the restaurants. You can order online or by phone and collect from either Haymarket or Leith branches; a delivery service from the latter has stuttered recently so check with the restaurants for confirmation that it's available.
Chop Chop is the go-to choice for those in the capital craving cuisine from north-east China, with dumplings the star attraction. The focus here is on sharing and the whole set-up is relaxed and fuss-free with food arriving at tables as and when its ready. Aubergine pan-fried with garlic is melt-in-the-mouth delicious, hot and sour soup provides a good accompaniment, while spicy lamb with cumin is fragrant and tender. Spicy tofu stir fry and a dish of noodles in peanut and mustard sauce both lack a little lustre but the portions are generous. Dumplings – boiled or fried – are their speciality and Chop Chop caters to all tastes, with a selection of veggie, seafood and meat and even a sweet dessert version. If you've still got room try the intriguing sugar string apple, caramelised pieces of apple that get dipped in iced water to crystallise their coating. And at around a tenner their eat-all-you-can unlimited banquet is a bit of a steal.
- Delivery: Delivery available through Deliveroo/ Upbeat/ Scottable
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Chinese music
- Capacity: 70
- Largest group: 70
- Open since: 2006
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
- House wine: £14 per bottle
- BYOB: £5/ £1.50 beer corkage (Corkage £15 for 4 bottles and £3 per bottle for 4 or more.)
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Chop Chop dumplings set for supermarket sales25 Feb 2008
Edinburgh restaurateur Roy King, who runs Chop Chop, has announced that the dumplings for which they are famous are now being produced for sale in Sainsbury's. He insisted on maintaining his policy of 'fresh ingredients only and no pre-cooking…