We’ve been fans of Quality Chops Since the first day we wandered through it’s doors after hearing praise for it while we were still living in Australia. The Quality Chop House is a Dining Room, Wine Bar, Butchers & Shop on Farringdon Road just around the corner from Exmouth Market. It was opened in 1869 and has been ‘The Quality Chop House’ ever since. So let’s just say there’s some history there…
Inside you’ll find a quaint interior as close as what you would expect if you dined in the 1900’s and it really sets the mood for the type of amazing British food that will be coming out of the kitchen. Last year one of the dishes that sometimes makes it onto the menu was crowned The Best Dish I Ate In 2015. We have been meaning to get back for another visit but since January we’ve ben chasing new openings non stop – and in reality that’s a futile effort with only very few ever passing the repeat visit test.
Stepping into the warm embrace of TheQuality Chop House we’re ushered to our table and we dive into their incredible wine selection. Being able to order by the glass, carafe or bottle was my cold little food blogger heart and this is the place to do it.
Kicking things off we order the pork and pistachio terrine with picked walnut (£7.50). You know you’re onto a good thing as the team from Chop House recently opened a butcher and shop right next door so you know you’re only going to be getting the freshest and best terrine in town – and it doesn’t disappoint. This puts every other terrine I’ve recently had to shame.
The wood pigeon with chicken liver parfait and roasted onion (£10) was perfectly cooked. Teaming it up with the parfait is a genius idea and really had us salivating with every bite. It’s certainly one of those dishes that I would order at places I completely trust with their cooking ability. Earthy flavours all come together in old school harmony.
The part time vegetarian decided on the amazing sounding pearl barley, chanterelles, parsnip and 42 month aged parmesan (£14). And rightly so as this dish would happily truth most ardent carnivore to the other team (for a decent while anyway). The smile across from me while eating this dish pretty much sums up this plate of food better than I ever could.
The Galloway mince on dripping toast and watercress is hard to go past. Especially with the history of this place – where else in London can I go to get a dish like this??! Incredibly rich and juicy with the bread sopping up every last bit of flavour, I know I’m gushing but I can’t help it.
And lets not forget *THOSE* confit potatoes. You just try to not order them when you visit. I would argue there the best ‘chip’ in London.
Being in a British establishment I couldn’t go past trying their Eaton Mess. So good I ate it before we could get a shot off. This is one of those restaurants I recommend to every traveller that gets in touch with us – if they want an authentic London experience, don’t bother with The Fat Duck or Heston’s Dinner – book yourself in and just enjoy the ride on what is a very reasonably priced menu.
Contact: The Quality Chop House – 88-94 Farringdon Rd, London EC1R 3EA. Ph. Website