Chop Shop

Restaurants, Steakhouse St James'
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
Chop Shop
Marek Klucar

After success across the Atlantic, the Altamarea group have set up shop in London offering a mix of US and British steaks, starters and sides.

This is the first non-US outpost of the Altamarea group, which has well-regarded restaurants in New York City and elsewhere on the US East Coast. While those venues specialise in fish and Italian food, Chop Shop has a modern mid-Atlantic menu placing steak and chops centre stage.

Steaks range in price from £16-£26.  Cumbrian rump steak (£19) and Barnsley lamb chop (£17) were both high-quality meats cooked as ordered, and our waitress steered us towards medium-rare for the steak, which suits rump much better than rare. Fries were hot, salty and crunchy; creamed spinach was well executed.

But there’s more to Chop Shop than grilled meat. We had two good small dishes as starters, a white onion mousse and cotechino scotch egg. The latter, using a good example of the coarse Italian cotechino boiling sausage, was particularly successful. Well-dressed seafood salad showcased sprightly (if slightly over-soft) ingredients. Toasted bread of exceptionally high quality was indicative of the attention to detail here.

There are good beers on tap, and house cocktails (£9) avoid the excessive ‘inventiveness’ of many novelty-seeking lists. The cost of the wines on the list is the only downer: two bottles at £19, but only five others under £30. But a dozen wines can be ordered by the glass.

Chop Shop is attractive – high ceilings, some quirky decoration (e.g. one wall embedded with butchers knives and cleavers), the mandatory exposed brick. The prices, apart from the wine list, are very reasonable. The service was great. Haymarket has long been a restaurant wasteland. Chop Shop bucks the trend, and we hope it prospers.

By: Richard Ehrlich


Venue name: Chop Shop
Address: 66 Haymarket
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Price: £26 to £40
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Nice place ideal for a pre-theatre bite to eat providing special deals for the occasion. I also visited during happy hour which meant their delicious and well-made cocktails were half price - bargain! Staff were friendly and made an effort to operate at a speed which appeases the theatre-goers clock-watching antics. Burger was well cooked and toppings generous making for a good feed at super speed.


Three of us ate here pre theatre. The starters were very good, the pulled pork sausage rolls were lovely and the meatballs were delicious. The steaks and chicken that we had for main courses were excellent. I had the Marsala Mai Tai cocktail and I enjoyed it.

Chop shop is in Haymarket, close to many theatres and their pre theatre deal is high quality and great value.


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I was very much impressed by this place. The atmosphere is fun yet not too load which is great. There is a bar like feel when you walk into the restaurant and was you walk through a good dinning area, so the two are quite separated yet work really well together. 

For our main course we ordered the beef rack, oh my goodness it was pure goodness! Slowly cooked meat that fell of the bone and melted in my mouth. 


I've been to chop shop a few times, with different demographics, it's quite convenient for several cinemas and theatres and in general I like the vibe and food. Today was a family trip, 2 adults and 2 kids. There is no specific children's menu but there was an offer of children's portions (which we didn't end up taking up. Bill came in at just over £100 with a shared starter, main each & 2 desserts.

All the food was great, today my quibble was with the lackadaisical service. Staff are lovely and friendly, but it took ages for them to clear our main plates, then to get a dessert menu and to order I had to actually go and find a member of staff, even though it wasn't particularly busy and there were 2/3 looking like they were just chatting.

I'd still go back as I like the menu and it's reasonably priced but it could definitely do with some sharpening up.

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