While I generally prefer supporting locally-owned restaurants at home, a work lunch gave me the chance to try Chop Steakhouse – recently opened in South Regina.

This chain looks like it could give good old Regina faves Earls and the Keg a run for their money. As we walked in, I was quite impressed with the decor. Very open, a lot of wood and cool light fixtures, roomy booths and a pig statue thrown in for good measure.

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The lunch menu provides a lot of great options, and I chose the Chop Salad (which really has all my favourite salad toppings). Incredibly fresh salad with avocado, tomatoes, goat cheese a hard boiled egg and cucumber, with a light and tasty red wine vinaigrette. The best part of this salad was the random basil shreds that really made this pop.

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Oh, and can I mention how cool I think the tea serving is here? Loose tea in a clear jug that you sit on top of your cup (and the tea minus the tea leaves automatically drains out).

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I have heard that the aged steak is really great here, and I must try it at a dinner visit sometime soon. My work mate had the steak sandwich and said the new york striploin was cooked perfectly to her liking (though the bread was cold and had the effect of cooling off her steak). She also mentioned the dijon mustard dressing to her salad was delightful.

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To round out our lunch, my other work mate chose the seafood chowder, salad and bread combo and found it really satisfying.

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Always fun to try out a new restaurant – I will have to come back with David soon!

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