Monday, December 16, 2013

Quality Chop House Food Shop & Butcher - quality British produce in London


Quality Chop House Food Shop & Butcher
Address: 90 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3EA
Nearest Tube station: Farringdon Road
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-7pm,
Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 9am-5pm
It is said that having a good butchery opened in your neighbourhood means an immediate boost to the surrounding properties' values (read 5 signs that you are in the right neighbourhood). Imagine what the effect would be if it is part of an already well known restaurant.

No, I'm not referring to Barbecao Butchery though you can find basically everything at this gem at One New Change. We chanced upon Quality Chop House Food Shop & Butcher while strolling along Farringdon Road. Turns out that the shop, which sits beside the Quality Chop House, is just a day old (opened on Fri 13th no less).

The shop isn't just a butchery. Step into the shop and you are greeted by seasonal British produce - purple kale, purple sprouting broccoli, parsnips, butternut squash, artichokes, carrots are just some of them. Bottles of produce lined the shelves behind - cranberry sauce, pickles, a variety of jams and jellies. The choice easily overwhelms. If only the shop offers testers for those.


Other interesting finds include chanteralle mushrooms, one of nature's finest delicacies. Going at a very reasonable £20 per kg (Ocado sells them at £50 per kg), these wild mushrooms are hard to come by so you should grab them if any fresh ones are available. There was a bunch of fresh horseradish roots selling for 60p each. They are milder than those come in a packet so they are perfect if you are put off by the pungent taste of its manufactured counterpart.


Entire carcasses are procured so you can request for every cut and part possible

One of the key ingredients of a Vietnamese pho broth, which we are trying to brew at home, is marrow bones. You would have thought that every butcher carries it. Not so apparently, at least James Elliot along Essex Road doesn't. "You probably get three good size marrow bones in a cow," the head butcher at Quality Chop House explained, "and someone just got them before you." But he promptly offered us one of the smaller bones (still a healthy chunk) and offering us tips on how to cook different cuts of meat. As Quality Chop House Butchers brings in entire carcasses instead of parts, it means that they know exactly where each part comes from but that also means that they will have less of the parts as well. Guess quality comes at a cost. Above all, it is always good to have a butcher at hand whom you can learn from.  

The flat iron steak ended up on the dinner plate the moment we got home

Quality Chop House Food Shop & Butcher is set up as an extension of the restaurant, introducing British produced used in its restaurant's kitchen to the public. If it is following the trend set by Modern Pantry and Ottolenghi, we should be expecting a cookbook soon.

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