[Hong Kong] The Chop House
One of the earliest resident in the hottest dining spot Midtown in Causeway Bay, The Chop House of the Wooloomooloo Group focuses on providing a casual dining experience by offering hearty comfort food with unpretentious flavors. The restaurant itself was huge and spacious with floor-to-ceiling windows that offers people watching onto Tung Lung Street along with an outdoor patio for al fresco dining. The restaurant is best known for its burgers but as I soon found out, they actually offer a lot more than that!
This self-serve beer system is the star attraction here as it allows you to freely pour your own beer by tapping a card. If you have wanted to pour your own beer with the foam and all, well now here's your chance!
For those who are not exactly beer lovers, don't despair because the cocktail selections here are quite extensive with very interesting and intriguing flavors. Here's a few that I ended up trying over the meal:
Thoo Japanese Yen ($85) - with junmai diaginjo, tokubetsu junmai, muddled blackberry, muddled raspberry, jerry thomas bitters, lime, lemon and cane sugar.
A Run for the Roses ($85) - with vodka, muddled raspberry, muddled lychee, rose essence, fresh lemon and candied rose petals.
This rose cocktail shimmers when you give it a swirl!
Shiraz Mojito ($105) - twinwoods Shiraz, grey goose orange vodka, triple sec, mint, lemon juice, sugar syrup and lemonade.
Quesadillas ($135) - with beef, tomatoes and jack's cheddar cheese, the tortilla was slightly crispy while the melted cheese brought everything together perfectly with my favorite guacamole and sour cream.
Soft Shell Crab Club Sandwiches ($158 for 3) - deep fried and served on individual rolls with applewood smoked bacon and lemon aioli, the soft shell crab was absolutely delightful to eat as it wasn't overly oily while the flavors were nicely balanced by the bacon and lemon aioli. Each roll was pretty big actually and I probably couldn't finish all 3 of these by myself so best to share!
BBQ Beef, Bacon & Cheddar Burger ($170) - with beef patty, crisp bacon, sharp cheddar cheese and the Chop House BBQ sauce, this burger is made for the cheese lover with that thick slab of melting cheese! I just wished the beef patty was more flavorful though.
Chicken BBQ Burger ($145) - the chicken patty, on the other hand, was surprisingly delicious. Made with free range chicken from Australia and served with the Chop House honey BBQ sauce, the chicken was soft and juicy with naturally sweet flavors. Again look at that cheese!
Sweet Potato Fries ($65) / Tater Tots ($60) - I couldn't help but keep popping both type of fries into my mouth because they were so good! The sweet potato fries were crispy and midly sweet while I just have a soft spot for tater tots since it brings back memories of school days! I remember eating them quite frequently since the school cafeteria served those everyday.
Let's Get Shanked ($1280) - finally the moment we have all been waiting for! This was a beef shank lollipop on the bone braised to perfection and served with its juices. Our jaws literally dropped when this monster arrived at our table - I mean the thing was ginormous plus the bone was taller than our heads! The meat was really tender and peeled away from the bone easily while the juices were very rich and hearty in flavor. You'd definitely have to share this and it is perfect with a group of friends. A must-try here!
Berkshire Pork Chop ($320) - basted in a Mongolian glaze consisting of hoisin sauce and black bean chili sauce, this pork chop was surprisingly succulent and quite tasty from the rich marinade!
The Chop House Baileys Cheesecake ($68) - onto desserts! I really liked this cheesecake as it had more of a gelatin texture rather than the usual creamy and dense mouth feel so it didn't feel as heavy (and guilty) as regular cheesecake.
Apple Strudel in Tortilla with Vanilla Ice Cream ($88) - our second dessert was an apple strudel with a twist where the apples and pastry cream were wrapped in tortilla bread, and then deep-fried. Served with vanilla ice cream and custard creme anglaise, the tortilla bread felt a bit hard but the apple fillings were on point.
Verdict - while prices may not be the cheapest for this category of food, The Chop House can a great place for a casual and wholesome meal with a group of friends - are you ready to be shanked?
* By Invitation
The Chop House
3/F Soundwill Plaza II - Midtown
1 Tung Lung Street, Causeway Bay
Tel: 2771 3177
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