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Chophouse: Charming French Steakhouse in Heliopolis

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Hannah Cooper
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Chophouse: Charming French Steakhouse in Heliopolis

Next door to Deals in Korba is Chophouse, a newly opened
steakhouse that’s not only supremely sweet in design and service; but also quite
serious when it comes to its carnivorous ways.

The front door automatically greets you with a charming hello, which is
extended once you’re inside, where the simple interior lends a hand to the
cosy and familiar ambience.

Light music and dim lighting will have you relaxed at once while the
little details such as the ceramic pig salt and pepper shakers will keep you smiling
at your newly found abode. When it comes to service, Chophouse is on top of
their game; they’ve managed to strike a balance of friendly, attentive
service without being overbearing.

An understated setup of ten tables with checked tablecloths and little
wooden chairs accompany the chalkboard menu perfectly. Complimentary
amuse-bouches are instantly brought to the table, including thin, warm
breadsticks with a side of blue cheese dipping sauce.

Chophouse’s menu isn’t strenuous, which is great for the indecisive
diner. All appetisers are priced at 35LE, including bruschetta, chicken liver
and a balsamic rocket salad. Six stuffed mushrooms come deep-fried and filled
with cheese and chopped peppers, providing a zesty bite with the pairing of
chilled French dressing.

Pizza and pasta options range from 35LE to 50LE, while all main dishes
and specialty plates are served with steamed vegetables and your choice of
sauce and potatoes. Main courses include veal liver and lamp chops, while the
trio grill (98LE) came piled with a meat selection that included tenderloin and
lamp chop. Grilled to perfection but dry at times, the baked potato and
vegetables paired well with the meat.

Specialty dishes include rib eye and t-bone steaks. For 110LE, the
fillet mignon was extremely juicy and flavourful, leaving the side of pepper
sauce almost pointless. Served with a side of comforting and chunky mashed
potatoes, we couldn’t get enough of it.

The only two dessert options on the menu are a chocolate brownie (22LE)
and French mini-treats. Overly dry but gooey with warm fudge in the centre, the
brownie was just average.

For a three-course meal, expect to pay around 350LE and upwards for two
people. Although we wish that they offered smaller portions, Chophouse definitely
satisfied our stomachs.  

360 Tip

Rumour has it that their pizzas are tasty as well.

Best Bit

It makes for a great intimate dinner space with a friend or two.

Worst Bit

The restaurant doesn’t stock wine, which is a prerequisite for French cuisine.

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