For months now, we have been watching the progression of the Leith Chop House with great interest. As Leith locals, weekend and evening walks often take us past the building on Constitution street, and so we were delighted when the restaurant finally opened to the public.
Steaks are butchered in-house before hanging for up to 90 days with Himalayan salt in the restaurant’s dry-aging fridges. These feature, for all to see, in the main dining room. Our only bugbear? The salt. With so many beautiful Scottish salts available, we do wonder why the restaurant has chosen to import a salt. (Personally, we love Isle of Skye Sea Salt & Hebridean Sea Salt.) We have asked the team and will certainly keep you updated.
Cooked simply over a charcoal grill, (similar to a Josper, but made by a local metal worker), the kitchen sends out 40 cover lunches and dinners of perfectly cooked, superb quality steaks. This, we can absolutely vouch for. As a hungry table of 6, the steaks were cooked to perfection and served up quickly alongside a few bottles of full-bodied red wine from their extensive wine list.
The quality of the beef is fantastic and this certain shows in the flavour of the meat, while a selection of sides featuring mac n’ cheese, kimchi slaw, creamed spinach and sauces from classic Béarnaise to bone marrow gravy enrich gout inducing dishes further.
Burnside Of Balhaldie’s Highland Wagyu, Shaws Fine Meats and Hardiesmill Farm’s prime Aberdeen Angus supply the restaurant with traditional cuts of beef, as well as sharing cuts such as chateaubriand and porterhouse. Choosing suppliers of the highest quality were crucial to the success of Leith Chop House. After all, nothing sticks in someone’s mind more than a bad steak. (We have a list of places to avoid!) However, not only are the steaks cooked beautifully, but the menu is comprehensive. Although it primarily features beef, a mix of starters, sides, desserts and cheeses add some nutritional benefit, other than protein, of course.
Furthermore, the restaurant will be offering a Sunday Lunch. We have yet to experience it, (we thought it would only be reasonable to wait a week between visits), but we have been assured by fellow diners that it is certainly the Edinburgh weekend lunch to beat. Oh, and did we mention that their cocktail list is unusual and extensive? And by unusual, we mean creative and inspired and by extensive we mean phenomenal and superior to anything in the area. #winning
Perfect for winter, the dark and comfortable decor of marble, wood and simple dining tables create a welcoming and comforting atmosphere – conducive to long, meat-fuelled, wine hazed dinners. Basically, our perfect evening. The restaurant will also be running offers throughout the week, so all in all, it will certainly be a difficult place to stray from, and that’s fine with us!
Vegetarians be warned, there are choices for you here, but you may be turned. If you’re not willing to take the chance, it may be best to have an early night.
Find them: 102 Constitution Street. Edinburgh