Skip to content

Review: Chop Steakhouse and Bar

10235 101 St NW, Edmonton – Website

Chop Steakhouse 1

Date of Visit: July 4, 2015

 

The Chop Steakhouse, located in the Sutton Place Hotel in downtown Edmonton is one of a chain of 6 restaurants. There are two in both Alberta and British Columbia, one in Manitoba, and one in Toronto. I usually avoid chain restaurants for the most part but I was determined to have several steak dinners whilst visiting the Canada’s cattle country and gave this place a try. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed…

Ambience and Service

The restaurant is a quite large place, seating at least 150, and is comfortable with very modern furniture and fittings. It is a very bright and airy place with large skylights two floors above the dining area and there are television screens mounted around the bar area which gives the place the feel more of a sport’s bar than a traditional upscale steakhouse. It is a matter of personal preference, of course, but I like the elegant coziness and white tablecloths of somewhere like Al’s Steakhouse in Ottawa rather than the ambience here and I found the music a little too loud and intrusive. It is, ultimately, much more the sort of place for a boisterous gathering of friends rather than quiet or romantic dinner

The serving staff seemed to be exclusively young women and the two I dealt with were both very friendly and enthusiastic. Unfortunately, my primary server was a bit uncertain about many menu selections and actually steered me wrong with respect to one item. Beyond that, though, I had no complaint about the service which was pretty quick and efficient.

The menu is fairly typical of steakhouses. There are a couple of fish main courses and the appetizer section is fairly eclectic, featuring Albacore Tataki and Lobster Tacos, among other more standard items. The steak cuts and choices of sides are much the same as anywhere but there is also a Smoked Rib-eye on offer that sounds quite interesting.

My Meal

Chop Steakhouse 2

I ordered the 20oz Bone-in Rib-eye cooked Chicago style (medium rare inside and charred on the outside). The presentation of the meal was generally okay, although I rather though that flipping the tail of the steak up onto the rim of the French-fry dish in an attempt to be stylish was a bit silly. I was also unimpressed with the choice of plate which, though large and attractively shaped, was ridged on the bottom. I can’t imagine why anybody thought this would be a good idea since the only effect was to drain away the delicious cooking juices and make the steak that much harder to cut.

The steak seasoning was nicely done (although the pepper was a bit gritty in places) and the whole garlic cloves and sage leaves were a nice touch. Both of their flavors were apparent in the overall seasoning and there was a very nice garlicky quality to each bit of meat. Flavor-wise, the result was pretty good…

My complaints about the meal are twofold: First, the cut was not top-quality. It was a good thick piece of meat but it was not very tender and had seams of gristle and inedible fibrous-fatty tissue through quite a lot of it. It was difficult to chew in places and, compounded by the poor plate choice, hard to cut as well.

Far more serious was the fact that there was barely any charring (as specifically requested) and I received a steak that was on the very rare side of rare rather then the medium rare I wanted. I actually don’t mind rare steak too much but, when a place bills itself as a steak house, and announces with pride that it ages the steaks for 32 days and sears them on an 1800 degree grill, then I expect that they will cook a steak properly to order. Once can overlook the toughness of the cut (it happens in the best places from time to time) but this sort of inexpert grilling is not so easy to forgive in a place dedicated to steak cookery.

Anyway, on the whole I was a bit underwhelmed by my experience at this establishment and, aside from a curiosity about the Smoked Rib-eye, I can’t think of any compelling reason to go back. Only the friendly service saves this place from a really poor-rating and I give it a somewhat generous 3 out of 5.

 
Click to add a blog post for Chop Steakhouse & Bar on Zomato

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Those waitresses must have been very friendly for such a generous rating.

    July 20, 2015
    • Yes … I retrospect, it was probably a bit generous. If they had overcooked to medium instead of under-cooked to rare, it definitely would have been lower 🙂

      July 20, 2015

Comments, thoughts or suggestions most welcome...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Meet & Eats

The food that I've had the pleasure of meeting and eating.

Uncle Grumpy's Playroom

Current events, humor, science, religion, satire

Food Travel Lover

走过的地方 尝过的美食 留下的回忆

The Odd Pantry

Essays on food

Reputable Sources

Organizing ferments since 2013

that Other Cooking Blog

. food . photo . sous vide .

REMCooks

My Virtual Cookbook to Share My Love and Joy of Food and Cooking One Recipe at a Time

lola rugula

my journey of cooking, gardening, preserving and more

Yummy Lummy

I cook, photograph and eat food with the occasional restaurant review!

Eye Of the Beholder

A pair of eternally curious eyes and a camera...Life is beautiful.

gluten free zen

Taking The Stress Out Of Gluten-Free Grain-Free & Dairy-Free Living

Clayton's Kitchen

Big flavors and fun cooking from a cubbyhole kitchen

Bunny Eats Design

Happy things, tasty food and good design

DENTIST CHEF

Dentist chef, just a dentistry student who practice the dentist's cooking recipes in a dentist's kitchen

Mad Dog TV Dinners

Guess what's coming to dinner?

Chefsopinion

Real Food & Real Opinions

Bento Days

Making bentos for kids

Garden to Wok

Fresh and tasty!

Bam's Kitchen

Healthy World Cuisine

Trang Quynh

everyone is special in their own way :)

Farm to Table Asian Secrets

Full-Flavored Recipes for Every Season

HolyPrettyApple

If people say that life is too short to drink bad wine, it means also that life is too short to eat crappy food!

The WordPress.com Blog

The latest news on WordPress.com and the WordPress community.

The Unorthodox Epicure

Confessions of an Aspiring Food Snob

The 好吃 Challenge

1 girl, 273 days, 100 recipes

Rabbitcancook

a recipe sharing and bento blog

benleeirene

Just another WordPress.com site

The Food Nazi

Never try to eat more than you can lift

Expat Chef in Barcelona

From my kitchen to yours

Keeping Up With the Holsbys

a journey into my head and my pantry

Nurul's Culinary Adventures

I Love Food, the Universe and Everything!!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

home-cooking recipes, restaurant reviews, International cuisine ,

Naked Vegan Cooking

Body-positive Vegan Goodness

Bites of Food History

Sharing my Experimental Archaeology of Food

Stefan's Gourmet Blog

Cooking, food, wine

FOODTRAIL

A Journey About Food, Recipes And Destinations

bcfoodieblogger

Fresh, exciting and adventurous food journey

One Man's Meat

Multi-award winning food blog, written in Dublin, Ireland.

%d bloggers like this: