248 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8DT
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Expert review of Chop Chop
Jain arrived from China as an accomplished dumpling-maker and set up business in 1996. Quickly she was feted as the best dumpling-maker in town and supermarkets began to stock them. Her ambition to open her own restaurant - Chop Chop - came to fruition and she has hit the ground running. The food is cooked without western influence as this is how the Chinese like to eat it: no frills and lots of choice.
Gordon Ramsay identified Chop Chop as one of the top Chinese restaurants in the country: it's quite a reputation to live up to, but so far, so good.
All your familiar favourites are here such as chicken chow mein, hot and sour soup, vegetable spring rolls, as well as the dumpling menu which is what I always end up having. Well, when in Rome...
Dumplings of course! Fried or boiled, they come in a myriad different flavours including chicken, prawn and coriander, vegetable, beef and chilli, lamb and leek. The list goes on. They arrive in multiples of four and eight and boiled ones are cheaper than fried. You can order 12 mini dumplings for the kids for £1.60, oh, and they do sweet ones for pud too.
It's like a giant café.
The host is quite a character: the last time my friend went in she was wearing an inadvisably low top. This meant the head man's face was level with her cleavage and as he approached her he simply stated "dumplings!" It caused us all to fall about laughing, but of course it was just coincidence, he was merely promoting his delicoius food. So casual, fun and efficient would be the description of the service.
Just off Lothian Road, a few minutes on foot from the West End of Princes Street and The Grassmarket. I wouldn't advise walking back down Lothian Road late at night at the weekend as it can be wild.
Very reasonable indeed. You get a set lunch for £7.50, which is filling and includes those dumplings I keep going on about.
A newer branch opened in Commercial Quay in Leith, but Morrison Street has much more atmosphere and would be my first choice every time.
More information on Chop Chop:
- Price guide:
- Diner, Restaurant, Takeaway
- 248 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8DT
- 0131 221 1155
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Tues–Sat noon-2pm and 5.30pm-10pm (opening at 5pm on Sat); Sun 12.30pm-2.30pm and 5pm-10pm; closed Mondays
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Essential at peak times
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Northern Chinese food