Now the word on the street is that the Leith Chop House is the place to eat right now in Edinburgh and having heard SO many good reports about the restaurant and eyeing up the menu online, I decided that one way or another I had to find out more about Edinburgh’s latest venture by The Compass Group (Sygn, Montieths and The WestRoom) that has taken not only the Shore by storm, but the whole of the city – given the number of positive stories I had heard about it.
So on a blustery and wet Thursday November evening I went with my good friend from Future Positive to find out if the Chop House lives up to its word of mouth reputation.
The Location & Background
Located on Constitution Street at the Shore in arguably Edinburgh’s best eating and dining district; home to a growing number of award winning restaurants and bars as well as a some pretty big name Michelin Star restaurants, the Leith Chop House, fits in perfectly with it’s neighbours.
It’s cosy and welcoming and completely ‘hipster’, think Shoreditch London. The restaurant is 40 covers only so relatively small, which means the staff can give you very attentive service.
There is a separate bar as well so you don’t just need to visit to eat. With over 70 wines available there is something for every taste combination, if you want to have a cocktail they have a great choice available. Bar manager Michael Lynch has incorporated seasonal ingredients and boutique spirits into a fresh and vibrant range of signature cocktails.
If you want the ‘top table’ head to the captain’s table which seats ten and has its own private area, perfect for larger parties who want some privacy.
The menu core is the beef obviously as it’s a steak house. It’s butchered in house which means they can offer a wide range of cuts and they also have a range of larger sharing cuts available which you won’t find in other restaurants.
Beef is from top end suppliers – Burnside Of Balhaldie’s award winning Highland Wagyu, Hardiesmill Farm’s prime Aberdeen Angus and Shaws Fine Meats, who source from several small Scottish farms.
What makes this meat special and unlike anything else you will find in Edinburgh? Whole cuts of beef are dry aged for 90 days using Himalayan salt in the restaurant’s own dry-aging fridge. This means that meat is tender, flavoursome and a knife slides through it like butter. The Leith Chop House is the first restaurant in the UK to use one.
The cooking process is simple unfussy with beef cooked to order over an open-flame charcoal grill. If you want to see the dry aging fridges head toward the kitchen and you can see the meat cuts in all their glory.
Choose from 9 starters, from a mix of seafood, chicken, beef and a vegetarian option.
Non steak mains include Pork T Bone, Burger, Sea Bass and Potato Dumplings (more on them later).
And of course the steaks, which are served with sauce and side options.
Back to our own evening in the restaurant. We arrived and entered through the bar, coats were taken and put in the cloak cupboard and we settled, or rather snuggled into our tiled booth. Top marks for the heater booths a winning formula!
Our waitress was an amazing Polish girl, super bubbly and incredibly helpful.
We went for the Smoked Salmon, brown bread, caper, lemon & butter £7 which even comes with a cute little lemon squeezer and I had the Roasted Squash with heritage carrot, chickpea fritter & spiced hazelnut £6.50. Both were full of flavour and the vegetarian option was excellent for a steak restaurant!
For mains, it had to be a steak! And Igor went for the the 300g Fillet, cooked medium rare with Bearnaise sauce £26.00. The pictures speak for themselves, it was super tender, the knife slide through the meat and it was melt in the mouth. I went for the Potato Dumplings, mushrooms, celeriac, walnuts & Hebridean blue £11.50. This was a party in my mouth, one of the best Gnocchi I have tasted, incredibly rich and the blue cheese worked perfectly and the use of celriac as well gave the dish some additional texture.
A Cheeky Side or Three
Someone once said to me I don’t look fat, but I look like I eat well, and part of the problem is I love a side! And what a bunch of sides Chop House have, we went with the Kimchi (Korean coleslaw), Mac and Cheese and Onion Rings.
You can’t taste a menu without trying the dessert, I went for the three Cheeses £9.00, no surprises there and Igor went with the Sticky Toffee Pudding £5.50, we also paired the dessert up with a sherry.
I was in love with the Leith Chop House and already have it in my diary to go back again. This is a real gem in Edinburgh, the food is fabulous, the staff are fabulous and ambiance is first class. One piece of advice I can give you is that you def need to try it!
Address: 102 Constitution St, Edinburgh EH6 6AW
Phone: 0131 629 1919