We have long since agreed that I am a lover of fine things so it will come as no surprise that I already got to check out the new joint in town, Chop Chop Brazilian Steak House. This was actually a surprise outing so I was not looking the part so there will be no filtered selfies in this post. The plus side of this place is that it’s right in town and just a 5 minute walk from my place of residence. I was excited to find out if they had better service than News Cafe Fife Avenue because this was going to determine if they will be my go to place when I am feeling lazy to cook.
I am one of those individuals who always asks the person waiting on me which dish I should try if I am at a new place. I didn’t want to have chicken, I have eaten it in so many different forms it’s the last thing I want to eat when I go out. She recommended I try out the Chop Chop Pizza. In the interim I ordered a cappuccino and I was disappointed when it came through. This cappuccino looked unhappy and malnourished; it didn’t even have a smiley face. I have seen happier cappuccino’s in my life to be honest. I am particular about the small details and this already got me less excited.
I took it in slowly while I waited on the pizza which surprisingly didn’t take long. I am sure the wait was just 5 minutes and it was ready. My Blesser Lite ordered chicken and chips and it was then that I realised there was nothing green in both our plates. When the waitress came we ordered a veggie mix and I felt so much relief because food doesn’t make sense for me if it isn’t colourful.
Prices for image above:
Cappuccino : USD2
Mixed Veggies : USD3
Chop Chop Pizza : USD8
The presentation was alright but the truth is when I took my first bite of the pizza I was not wowed. I always insist that if you eat out the experience must be a shock to the system. I mean what’s the point if you pay for a meal that doesn’t impress you, might as well not go right? I expected more from them, the way it had been hyped and the way I was excited each time I ran past the building watching renovations taking place during my morning jog… it was a real train smash.
We ordered dessert and I chose Apple Crumble because it tastes divine; they serve it with ice cream but I’m used to having it with custard but there is always room to try new things. The apple crumble did not disappoint, I loved every bite of it! I didn’t know how to combine it with the ice cream so I just had a spoonful here and there till I had finished it.
My Blesser Lite loves things and even though he insisted he was full after eating a whole half chicken and chips he ordered a chocolate cake which he didn’t finish because he complained that it was too rich.
I would have eaten the remaining cake myself if I still had space for it! I was stuffed. I only ate 2 slices of pizza, part of his chips and part of the salad and I was good. I had to ask the waitress to pack away my food because I had plans for it for today. I will probably have it for lunch. I ordered a glass of hot water with lemon because I felt too full and needed something to make the bloated feeling go away.
The few things I liked about the place were:
- The waitress was helpful
- The restaurant is clean
- The dessert was alright
- They have both a swipe and Ecocash facility
I did not like:
- The food was bland, we may as well have gone to Pizza Slice and had a better meal
- The ambiance was nothing to ride home about
- I don’t recall any music being played
- The experience was nothing out of the ordinary
I think the only thing that made the evening bearable was the fact that I had good company otherwise had I been on my own I would have not lasted 10 minutes in there. On a scale of 0-10, 10 being completely satisfied with my experience I will give Chop Chop Brazilian Steak House a 4. I would like to believe they are still new in town and probably after a few weeks in the business they will up their game. I have faith in them because it would be nice to come back to something that will bedazzle me.
In my opinion Chop Chop is Pizza Slice that went to Private School.