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Chop House, Bruntsfield
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Chop House
88 Bruntsfield Pl,,
City Of Edinburgh,
EH10 4HG
Open everyday from early ‘til late

Amongst the raft of things that my fussy wingman Mr Bite dislikes are – inexplicably – ketchup and ice cream. 

So it’s testament to Chop House that he not only approves but LOVES these two ingredients at their new Bruntsfield restaurant. 

For dessert the ice cream comes with a chocolate brownie that is so gooey and rich it could have been made by the de’il himself. Ice cream though, comes from the heavenly Overlangshaw Farm; I haven’t tasted better and neither has Mr Bite. It’s salted caramel flavour (of course it is) and he’s not usually keen on that either. He lapped it up. 

Bloody Mary Ketchup came with a starter of three giant battered prawns. Again I had been moved to enquire – were heritage tomatoes responsible for such intense flavour; just plum standards though which had been skilfully reduced to a sticky consistency that complements seafood. 

I had a cocktail for starter as Chop House creates an exciting, indulgent ambience and the Rosato Spritz – RinQuinQuin Peach liqueur, Cocchi Rosa vermouth, strawberry & rose cordial, lime and Rosato Spumante – is Spring in a glass. 

The main event of course was the steaks – rib-eye with a copper pot of tangy  Béarnaise for me and a big bowl of buttered greens. Sirloin for Mr B with a smoky peppercorn sauce and chips cooked in dripping. Drool. Here’s the science though. 

Meat is hung for 90 days in dry-ageing fridges which break down the enzymes producing tender and boldly-flavoured prime cuts. Chop House then butcher and cook the cuts over smouldering coals which creates caramelized and smoky charring on the outside whilst the inside remains juicy and tender. Suggest it’s worth exploring the Tuesday deal of two sirloins with sides for £45. 

Staff are simultaneously friendly, relaxed, knowledgeable, observant and efficient. 

The interior is industrial and funky. Sounds come from artists such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Bobby Blue Band and could be the playlist to HBO’s The Wire or The Deuce. Chop House oozes life. We visited early on a Monday night  and there were waits for tables so booking will guarantee one. 

You can probably tell I am crazy about this place and you would be spot on. They don’t put a foot wrong. (S. Wilson) 


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