With its crimson banquettes and industrial-look interior, The Chop is aptly dressed for the part as a purveyor of authentic US-style BBQ. The stylish venue, located on the ninth floor at EMQuartier’s Helix Quartier, mercilessly tempts meat lovers with a menu dripping with the kind of hearty steakhouse fare that the dedicated carnivore simply cannot resist.
Apropos of the restaurant’s meaty offerings, mains are served on wooden planks, a rustic touch that accentuates the universally primal attraction of the cuts lain thereupon, and providing a rugged aesthetic counterpoint to the subtly refined décor.
Perusing the menu, one immediately gets the impression that there’s plenty at steak here, and choosing from the enticing selection of top grade US beef cuts on offer can be a daunting task. Burger-wise, The Chop demonstrates its chops with some seriously beefy two-handed creations that would send Popeye’s burger addicted pal Wimpy into a fit of hysterics. Their Wagyu burger (B390) comes as a juicy, flame-broiled puck of Australian Wagyu topped with rich cheddar cheese, crisp bacon, and a mild jalapeño pepper, sandwiched within a house-baked burger roll. For those feeling peckish in an upmarket way, a decidedly tony upgrade is also available in the form of the Billionaire Burger, with its towering patty of ground Wagyu sharing space with a hunk of foie gras and truffle seasoning.
The Chop’s spectacular BBQ pork ribs (B450) come as a succulent, slow roasted slab slathered in a tangy sauce that any down-home Southern-US good ol’ boy would appreciate. To describe these ribs as “tender” would be an understatement—the meat seems almost anxious to please the diner by simply falling away from the bone when picked up. Another staple of BBQ dining, the signature chicken hot wings (B220) are succulent, flavourful, and delightfully messy. True to the name, the pieces are coated in a zesty sauce that proudly announces to the Thai culinary world that American fare is not entirely lacking in spicy components. The dish is served with a side of bleu cheese sauce and veggie sticks, which coolly temper the sauce’s tongue-searing piquancy.
Dessert highlights include a rich New York cheesecake (yes, with actual graham cracker crust!) and a wonderful apple crumble served with ice cream. Service is excellent, with wait staff unobtrusively moving in to replace sauce-smeared plates without having to be asked, and providing plenty of replacement napkins for those BBQ purists who know that ribs and wings are meant to be eaten with the fingers.
9F The Helix Quartier | 0 2003 6275 | facebook.com/thechopbkk | daily 10am-10pm