Chop House – Leith

Marvellous meats

Located on Constitution Street at the bottom of Leith Walk, you can smell The Chop House long before you get there. And what an amazing smell it is – woody, smoky and savoury – which suggests great things to come. And they do!

It’s a small space, with a semi industrial feel incorporating metro tiles, artfully rusted steel and a louvered glass and steel screen wall between the bar and the main restaurant, which gives privacy but also helps to brighten up what could have been quite a dark space. Tables are mostly set up for couples and foursomes with a couple of tiled booths by the windows with awesome heated seats that are very welcoming on a cold day. There is also a semi-private dining area in the back with a huge round table that seats 8+ so is great for bigger groups.

There is a good range of starters, including short rib scotch eggs and scallop with pig cheek. But, really, it’s all about the main courses here and that means steak! All their meat is sourced from specialist farmers across Great Britain and Ireland and dry aged for up to 90 days in specialist cabinets before being expertly butchered and then cooked to your wishes over an open flame on their bespoke wood-fired grill.

Sharing cuts on offer by weight include Chateaubriand, bone-in rib-eye, and porterhouse. As there were four of us eating this time we went for an 800g porterhouse and a 750g bone-in-rib which was more than ample. The meat was perfectly cooked with just the right amount of char and incredibly tender as you’d expect with such well-aged produce. Sauces and chips are included. There are quite a few tasty sides on offer like mac ‘n’ cheese, kimchi slaw and creamed cabbage and bacon, as well as the option to have a cheeky dripping fried egg or even half a lobster!

The dessert list is short but has classics such as their gooey chocolate brownie and a salted caramel fondue for two to share (maybe).

Drinks-wise they’ve got a pretty fine cocktail list – the Smoked Salt Negroni and the Stone Street Swizzle are two real standouts. Draft beers include their own Butcher-shop lager, Schiehallion and Drygate Pilsner.

They also host regular wine tastings and others events, and the bar is a really nice space to pop into for a cocktail or a glass of wine or two.

The Chop House’s website

102 Constitution St, EH6 6AW

0131 629 1919