Thursday, 6 September 2012

The Chop House

We had originally planned to go to the Chop House for dinner on a Friday night but re-scheduled at the last minute to Thursday instead rather than face chaotic rush hour traffic on the way home after collecting JD from work.

Luckily, they were able to squeeze us in with no reservations at short notice. Usually, when Anthony Bourdain recommends a place to eat, you can be fairly sure that its pretty good and the Chop House for the most part, did not disappoint. Service was decent enough but bordered on brusque at times. Overall, everything was solid and I would contemplate another visit :)
Wine list on a chopboard :)

Unbelievably delicious bread (the recipe is on their website) :)

Starter of scallops with pressed duck confit and Asian dressing - all the components tasted nice on their own but unsure whether they are all necessary in the one dish.

JD and I shared a rib on the bone, served with hand cut chips, onion marmalade, sauteed green beans. Usually, the steaks come with one sauce but our waitress very kindly offered all 3 to us (garlic butter, bearnaise and peppercorn). The meat was tasty but our steak came already carved and on separate boards with no bone resulting in a bit of an anticlimax and lack of theatre.  The rib of bone could've easily been served sliced on a large platter in the middle of the table (with bone) and guests could then help themselves. Irish people obviously don't like sharing ;)

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