- Telephone 0131 221 1155
- Food served Mon–Fri noon–2pm, 5.30–10pm; Sat noon–2pm, 5–10pm; Sun 12.30–2.30pm, 5–10pm.
- Average price £7.50 (set lunch); £20 (evening meal)
- Website www.chop-chop.co.uk
This review is taken from the current (2015) edition.
The food at Chop Chop hails from northeast China where, the menu informs us, ‘diners order collectively and share all dishes, brought to the table in random order’. You can choose unlimited banquets for two to six or more, priced at £20.25 per head, and reorder any dishes free of charge. Dumplings are a Manchurian speciality: either jiao zi (boiled) or guo tie (fried), filled with pork and coriander, prawn, beef and chilli or vegetables, and dipped into your own mixed sauce of light soy, chilli oil, vinegar and garlic. In addition to the dumplings there’s lovely crispy chilli squid, liquorice-scented chicken wings, sweet and sour pork ribs and a tangy salad of cucumber, carrot, coriander and glass noodles. One of many menu highlights is a dish of aubergine fried with garlic and soy, a great example of head chef Jian Wang’s balanced, fulsome and fresh food.
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.
- High point: The table mats tell you how to pronounce and write some Chinese words
- Low point: You'll be a bit pushed if you don't like garlic
- Notable dish: Aubergines with garlic
- Delivery: Collection only from Morrison Street. Minimum order £20. No delivery charge.
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Live entertainment: Music performances at Chinese New Year, and Yin performs magic
- Capacity: 70
- Largest group: 70
- Open since: 2006
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
- House wine: £12.50 per bottle
- BYOB: £5 corkage (Corkage £15 for 4 bottles and £3 per bottle for 5 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…
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