- Telephone 0131 221 1155
- Food served Mon–Thu noon–2pm, 5.30–10pm; Fri/Sat noon–2pm, 5–10pm; Sun 12.30–2.30pm, 5–10pm.
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Thu 5.30–6.30pm; Fri 5–6.30pm; Sat/Sun 1–3pm.
- Average price £8.50 (set lunch); £18.50 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £11.95
- Website www.chop-chop.co.uk
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.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Ten years ago, Chop Chop opened its doors and introduced a grateful Edinburgh to the joy of the northern Chinese dumpling. Folk talked of the spangly tabletops covered in big Manchurian banquets, punctuated by an endless stream of dumplings. The buzz has dwindled but the dumplings remain, and remain delicious. Served boiled (jiao zi) or fried (guo tie), they’re addictively and satisfyingly savoury. This is needed, as other dishes can suffer from an injudicious hand with the sugar, as in a decidedly gloopy, overly sweet, northern beef dish. Still there’s lots that’s worth rooting out, like the deliciously slippery aubergines with garlic or the soft wheaten noodles, and clued-up staff are more than happy to help newcomers navigate the menu. All in all, it’s got to be handed to Chop Chop for remaining one of the all too few places which attempt to open our palates to the vastness of regional Chinese cuisine, even if that means leaving with a week-long craving for more jiao zi.
- High point: Testing your chopstick skills by dipping dumplings
- Low point: The sugar hangover that follows some dishes
- Notable dish: Any dumplings; beyond that, the aubergines and garlic
- Delivery: Delivery available through Deliveroo
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Chinese pop
- Capacity: 70
- Largest group: 70
- Open since: 2006
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
- House wine: £13.95 per bottle
- BYOB: £5 corkage (Corkage £15 for 4 bottles and £3 per bottle for 5 or more)
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