Sunday Roast at Chop House, East Market Street
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.
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.
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