Truffle, tempura and more of the best chips in Dubai
British Kitchen chips: If your idea of proper chips is a simple portion of fried potatoes, without even the merest whiff of truffle oil or tempura, the traditional offerings at British Kitchen will hit the spot. Chunky, golden and wrapped to go in newsprint-style paper, they're best served with chunks of cod. Alternatively, splash liberally with Sarsons vinegar, violent yellow curry sauce, some oily gravy or luminous mushy peas.
360° French fries with truffle oil and parmesan: Trust the chips at super-glamorous nightspot 360° to be decadent: think thinly cut, perfectly crispy, amply salted dynamos covered in generous chunks of fresh parmesan, accompanied by a truffle oil-drenched mayonnaise. We devoured them quickly, licking our fingers and rehydrating with a Mexican brew while savouring the view.
Jamie's Italian posh chips: You'd be forgiven for not expecting really great chips to be served at an Italian restaurant, but then not every Italian restaurant is founded by cheeky-chappy Brit chef Jamie Oliver. Thin, crunchy fries are served in a smothering of truffle oil and parmesan, yet maintain a delightful crunchiness, which preserves the potatoey taste. The Italian addition of parmesan seems to bring out all the more flavour.
Pisces fries: Could there be a more romantic spot to crunch through some fried potatoes? If there is, we haven't found it. Though they're called ‘fries' on the menu, we think these are chunky enough to qualify as chips (always the thicker wedge). Served in decent portions by way of a curious glass saucepan and covered in a golden, crispy textbook tempura coat, the Pisces fries are ridiculously moreish. The chips are light, but fattened up by glorious batter. Not your orthodox chip, but all the better for it.
Our pick Rivington Grill chunky chips: These chunky fries arrive in their own bowl, resting on logo-printed Rivington Grill greaseproof paper. Thick, soft and fluffy on the inside, with a golden, thin yet slightly crisp exterior, they are more than a match for the juicy thick-cut steaks they usually accompany. They arrive in plentiful supply, accompanied by ketchup and mayo, so make sure your appetite is prepared.
Left Bank sea-salt chips: Served in a mini metal pot lined with Left Bank-branded paper, these beefy chips come with a liberal sprinkling of sea salt, plus ketchup and barbecue sauce on the side. They're crispy on the outside, mercifully free of that oily flavour that often comes from over-fried chips, while the inside is nicely light and fluffy. Our only quibble? Some of the fries are crunchier than others, so we ended up nabbing all the delicious crispy ones and leaving the rest.
New York Fries sweet and sour fries: Food-court chain New York Fries serves hand-cut, crispy, skin-on fries using high-quality potatoes (surprising given the food court setting). The toppings are where they come into their own – we tried the sweet and sour fries, drenched in a deliciously fruity tamarind sauce and covered in spring onions, raw white onions (a lowlight) and tomatoes. Our date opted for the beef chilli fries – rich chilli, sour cream and fake cheese (we'd have preferred the real thing).
West 14th city fries: Not quite skinny enough to qualify as French fries, but not quite chunky enough to be classed as chips, West 14th's city fries are delicate potato fingers with a tasty, albeit slightly ever-so-salty, crisp texture. The decent quality of the fries, however, is let down by the slightly stingy portion size, as well as West 14th's notoriously inconsistent service, meaning you'll have to ask for condiments at least once. At the end of the day, West 14th is perhaps not the place to come for your chip fix – come instead for the steak and sea view.
Seafire steak fries: Calling these ‘fries' is somewhat of an injustice – Seafire's steak fries make some of Dubai's biggest and meanest wedges shrivel in comparison to Seafire's steak fries. These half-sliced spuds are smoothly coated with tingling tempura batter, making the fries a dish in their own right. In fact, their sheer size will sate even the most ravenous of appetites after the second or third chip. The fries aren't served with condiments, which is no bad thing – the tempura taste is enough to keep these potato-based beauties interesting.