|It’s bright. I’ll give it that.|
Today, was an extremely exciting day for us, as we were joined on our quest by the record-breaking comedian and all-round good egg. Caroline is Lunch Quest’s favourite comedian at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. You should go and see her show. So, we were off to a good start.
The multi-award-winning Chop Chop was our chosen venue. Now an established Edinburgh institution, Chop Chop works to a simple formula: it’s the everyday food of Chinese dinner tables served and presented simply, in no-frills surroundings.
It offers an abbreviated list (and actual separate little list for you to fill in) from their main menu, as a lunch deal. You can choose a soup/noodle dish, a dumpling dish, and a couple of sides for £8.50. You can augment that with dishes from the main menu, as well.
|The tick the box lunch menu|
We duly completed our multiple-choice exams, adding a serving of green beans, for good measure.
Food arrived quickly, with chicken wings and potatoes & ribs coming my way. The chicken wings were fine. The potatoes & ribs were an odd combination (if they were a combination at all). The potatoes were fine. The meat of the ribs fell of the bone, was very soft, but was completely bland. The link between the two? It wasn’t clear to me.
|ribs…even the ‘enhancement’ setting on my Mac doesn’t help it|
Spicy noodles then arrived. Readers will grow to learn of my incompetence with eating a range of dishes. Noodles and spaghetti are right up there with the best of them. I don’t know why I continue ordering either of them. What I ate of the noodles (the rest of the time was spent playing with them, which is my usual tactic) was good, with pleasingly fierce spiciness.
My fried chilli beef dumplings were next. They each contained soft bland meat, which was pleasant but unremarkable. I managed to squirt one of them precisely over the screen of my BlackBerry, in another manifestation of my well-honed eating incompetence.
|The ribs and potatoes, the spicy noodles and the crispy potatoes of Blythe’s lunch|
|The mix. Those wee bowls are our own dipping sauce mixtures|
I sampled the green beans. They were good.
The pickled potato dish was odd. The crispy potato dish was like the scraps out of the deep fryer at the end of the night.
So, I’d have to say it was a very mixed bag.
Anyone who can succinctly explain to me what it is that I’m missing with Chop Chop would be welcomed with open arms. For me it’s totally ordinary, completely mediocre, bland and inoffensive, much like their food. I just can’t see what it is that inspires the level of adulation it attracts.
|Crispy potatoes and chicken wings|
|Beefy noodle soup. mmm.|
|The funny woman’s lunch|
|the wet wipes and promo were a nice touch at the end of the meal|
Celebrity Guest ‘s Verdict
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I very much enjoyed my outing to Chop Chop with the team. The highlight for me was the mix-your-own dipping sauce, which made my chicken dumplings very tasty and improved the rather bland hot and sour soup.
My hunch is that had we strayed from the Business Lunch set menu we would have discovered much more delicious and exotic treats. I only glanced briefly over the full menu but it did look intriguing. And I saw some aubergines looking beguiling at the next table.
I also enjoyed the strange busker who came in, sang one song and left without asking for money. Plus the customer at the next table with a Rubik’s Cube gave the place an other-worldly feel.
Scores on the Doors
Out of 20 Blythe gives Chop Chop:
3/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3/5 for service
2/5 for setting
giving an overall 11/20
Out of 20 Miriam gives Chop Chop:
3/5 for food
2/5 for presentation
2/5 for service
3/5 for setting
giving an overall 10/20
Today’s Lunch Questers were: Miriam, Caroline, Gary, Blythe.
We wore: Belstaff jacket, ’s bag containing ’s One Minute Silence bags, cream trousers, brown tripping brogues.
We ate: Crispy potato, pickled potato, potato and ribs, chicken wings, beef noodle soup, hot and sour soup, spicy noodles, chicken dumplings, beef dumplings, pork and chive dumplings, green beans.
We drank: Sparkly water, Coke.
Total Bill: c.£50
248 Morrison Street