Sunday Roast at Chop House, East Market Street

Sunday Roast at Chop House, East Market Street

5 Mins

The perfect Sunday features a lie-in, a slow read of the papers, maybe a leisurely walk... and most definitely a roast. Laura Wood cheats on Leith with the East Market Street branch of Chop House...

I've eaten several times at the original – and brilliant – Leith Chop House, and feel quite loyal to the cosy Constitution Street location and its friendly team.

So much so, that I’ve avoided their second branch on East Market Street since its opening almost a year and a half ago, feeling weirdly like it just won’t be ‘the same’.

So when my friend visits from out of town and wants to eat near Waverley I feel conflicted.

Turns out the Market Street branch is every bit as good as its older sibling

When I meet her off the train and explain my dilemma she looks at me with a combination of bemusement and borderline irritation brought on by a grumbling tummy and desire for a Sunday roast. I relent. She’s scary when she’s hungry.

As we walk inside I clock the familiar design, furniture and tableware; industrial-chic, pared-back brick, metal and woodwork, stylish lighting and oh-so-desirable wishbone chairs.

Sunday Roast at Chop House, East Market Street

We kick things off with a couple of sesame old fashioneds, £8.50, and follow with starters of crab cake with chipotle hollandaise, £8.50, and sesame squid with chilli butter and coriander ‘slaw, £8.50; both pleasing, both light enough to serve as prelude to the main event without denting our appetites.

I’m a great believer that if you do something, you should do it properly, and the same applies to Sunday lunch – if I’m going out for roast beef and all the trimmings I want to go somewhere that does it well: and that’s Chop House.

Roasted sirloin arrives with bone marrow gravy, roasters, honey roast root vegetables, butter greens and a Yorkshire pudding, £18.50, which we pair with a bottle of Salentein Barrel Selection Malbec from Argentina, £48.

The beef is pink in the middle, tender and flavoursome, the gravy rich and full (we ask for second helpings) and the trimmings expertly-made and as they should be.

Sunday Roast at Chop House, East Market Street

We share salted caramel fondue, £11,50, served with doughnuts and marshmallows for dessert before rolling out the door, replete and happy.

Turns out the East Market Street branch is every bit as good as its older sibling, and their Sunday roast is every bit as good as their must-try general menu of excellent cuts of beef and other delights.

Next up, I’ll try their newly-opened Bruntsfield restaurant. But don’t worry Leith: I still love you the most.
 

Arch 15, East Market St, EH8 8FS, Tel: 0131 629 1551, chophousesteak.co.uk

Chop House / Sunday roast / Edinburgh

The best of i-on straight to your inbox, every week

10 Mins
The joy of fine dining has never looked so sweet when you find out you can enjoy some of the best restaurants for a snip of the price. Here's where.....
The Tower / The Honours / fine dining
1 Min
Tasked with finding the best cold treats, we embraced our task with gusto (all in the name of research, of course). It's the i-on guide to great ice-cream... FIRST UP,...
best ice cream / Marys Milk Bar / Lucas
2 Mins
Here at i-on we love giving you the scoop on gourmet experiences for less. Which is why multi-award winning brasserie Dine and their new summer Market Menu ticks all our...
Dine / Pre-theatre menu / Summer Dining
9 Mins
We might be half way through 2018 but Edinburgh's food and drink scene is showing no signs of slowing down. While the St Andrew Square 'Cuisine Quarter' plays center to...
Edinburgh restaurants / new openings / cocktail bar
2 Mins
Occasionally some great restaurants let you bring your own. Here are three new to the corkage club scene... The Raeburn Tuesday will be your new favourite day of the week...
byob / corkage / Edinburgh restaurant