Chop House Leith
- Telephone 0131 629 1919
- Food served Mon–Fri noon–3pm, 5pm–10pm; Sat/Sun 10am–11pm
- Average price £20 (lunch); £30 (evening meal)
- Typical order 350g Sirloin Steak with bone marrow butter and beef dripping chips
- Website www.chophousesteak.co.uk
Destination dining for meat-lovers and Sunday roast enthusiasts, showcasing the best of British with alluring informal style.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Down a quiet Leith street, September 2015 saw this hotly anticipated new opening presenting their up-to-date take on the classic steak house. Billed as a bar and butchery, the solemn black exterior gives way to a slick urban bar space where you can perch for cocktails or craft beer before heading through to the clamour of the dining room. Having scoured the best of local farms for the best of British, the Chop House is unapologetically meat focused. Custom-built dry-aging fridges displayed behind glass invite you to feast your eyes on great ribs of beef slowly tenderizing over Himalayan salt, while you ponder whether to opt for brown butter hollandaise or bone marrow gravy. In addition to the usual prime cuts, sharing joints are sold by market weight and price, aged for a minimum 35 days and permeated with the smoky char of an open-flame grill. While sides of spicy kimchi or roasted beetroot slaw complement the otherwise protein-packed menu, vegetarians might best leave this one to their meat-loving friends.
- High point: Crispy, dripping chips – animal fats are back!
- Low point: It's pricey (look out for midweek deals)
- Notable dish: 12 oz Ribeye with béarnaise, dripping fried eggs, skinny chips and creamed spinach
- Private dining: Up to 10 covers
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: soul/blues
- Capacity: 42
- Largest group: 42
- Open since: 2015, September
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 25
- House wine: £20 per bottle