I was invited to Chop Steakhouse Restaurant for a media event last month to sample their new 100% premium Canadian sustainable beef menu. It is nice to consume beef that has been treated in a way that is not harmful. The restaurant is located in Richmond close to the airport and is most easily accessible by car.
I appreciated the culinary experience, food, service, company, and casual atmosphere.
What did I sample?
Steak Bites $15.95
Presentation-wise it was impeccable. I have always appreciated places that serve tender steak bites because you can just pop it in your mouth in one bite. The only problem I had with this dish was that it was over marinated and too salty. A Sweet Dijon BBQ dip and horseradish aioli were also served on the side.
I’ve always loved albacore tuna tataki and the one at Chop was served in evenly cut slices and very fresh. It was also inviting to eat as it was served with daikon radish, jalapeño peppers, and edamame along with wasabi aioli and togarashi on the side. It was tossed nicely in soy garlic lime vinaigrette which brought out the flavours.
Beef Carpaccio $15.95
The succulent tasting, thinly sliced seared tenderloin were topped with capers, arugula, lemon truffle aioli, extra virgin olive oil, and shaved Grana Padano. It was served with a toasty sliced baguette which tasted delicious when paired with the carpaccio.
Oven Roasted Free-Run Chicken $19.95
This was one of my favourite dishes as the chicken meat was very juicy and not dry at all. The half chicken was brined and roasted with basil lemon pan jus. It was also served with wild rice pilaf and fresh seasonal vegetable.
Bone-In Rib Eye 20oz $44.95
This was served with garlic and shallot confit.
New York Striploin $36.95
The steaks were well-seasoned and full of flavour. The meat was juicy for all of them but my favourite had to be the bone-in rib eye which was very tender and cooked to a nice medium rare.
Truffle Scalloped Potatoes $7.95
They were thinly sliced and very light and creamy. I enjoyed the hint of garlic. This would be a great addition to any meal.
Slow Baked Salmon $28.95
The salmon was soft and moist. It was served on a bed of herb quinoa and plated beautifully with butternut squash purée and arugula pesto.
Overall, this event was a pleasant surprise as I was never the biggest fan of Chop’s food in the past. They have definitely stepped up their game and came out with new menu items to win diners like me back! Check them out when you have a chance!