20th July 2016 6pm
Chop Chop has a reputation that precedes it, particularly with exposure via Gordon Ramsay (no it wasn’t a restaurant that he shouts at for being useless). So, we had an amount of expectation. The restaurant itself is unassuming, situated on Morrison St. They offer a good deal on an unlimited banquet but we had eyed some dishes not in this offer so decided not to go down that route this time. We opted for small portions of pork and prawn boiled dumplings, beef and chilli fried dumplings, sweet and sour pork ribs, crispy fried squid and a glass noodle salad.
We waited almost 30 minutes before any food arrived (other than the complimentary prawn crackers – but no chilli sauce). At this point I would like to apologise for the photos. We were so hungry I forgot to take photos of some of the dishes, so there is no photo of the boiled dumplings and photos of half eaten dishes too. The food came out as and when they were ready. Firstly we had the pork and prawn dumplings. These were minced up almost into a paste but so much so that the flavours weren’t overly distinguishable. They were cooked well though and tasted ok. We then got the beef and chilli dumplings and the squid. The squid, whilst cooked suitably, had very little flavour. The flavour could only be achieved by eating the accompanying chilli and spring onion. The dumplings again were filled with what appeared to be almost sausage like filling which tasted fine but nothing special. They were also only fried on one side. Then the ribs arrived. My dining companion was particularly looking forward to these, being a favourite of hers. They were cooked well and the meat slid off the bone. However, they lacked any real flavour and were a little sweet but had no sour notes which was a bit disappointing. The glass noodle salad was the last to arrive and was actually the tastiest of all the dishes. It contained garlic, chilli, mustard, coriander and spring onions mixed through the glass noodles. My friend did comment that although she likes salads, it comes to something when the tastiest thing we ate was the salad.
This place is harmless enough but certainly not inspiring.
Food – 6/10
Service – 6/10
Atmosphere – 6/10
Value – 8/10
Overall – 26/40
Would I eat here again? Unlikely
Cost £32 for 5 dishes plus 4 diet cokes.