A WARM welcome greeted us as we were handed menus in the bustling Chop Chop Haymarket, while the waiter quickly opened the beers we brought with us.
With such an extensive menu, it seemed best to plump for the unlimited banquet for two which promised to fill our bellies with endless dishes in something akin to Chinese-style tapas.
Dishes landed in no particular order, according to when they were ready, with the prawn crackers and a rather unusual cucumber salad first out of the kitchen.
These served as an entrée of sorts which we were happy to pick at while waiting for the restaurant’s famed dishes to make an appearance – its legendary dumplings.
When they came, they did not disappoint. First the pork and coriander boiled dumplings, moist and full of flavour, with chilli oil and crushed garlic forming the perfect dipping sauces.
Next up, its big sister dish and a personal favourite – pan-fried prawn dumplings, infused with ginger, garlic and lemongrass.
The buffet was rounded off with crispy northern beef served with boiled rice, with the slightly surprising serving of seasoned chicken wings. Strips of aubergine, drenched in garlic, were the final offering of a diverse set of dishes.
Perhaps the only criticism of the experience was the somewhat disjointed service. Dishes came one or two at a time, meaning you had often eaten one before another came, hampering the ability to enjoy them together. That said, when they did, they were plentiful, tasty and different to many mainstream Chinese restaurants.
At £19.75 per person, the banquet is not the cheapest, but the BYO alcohol helps keep prices reasonable.
• Chop Chop, 248 Morrison Street, 0131-221 1155