Top fries dishes in Dubai, from fully loaded, chilli-topped fries, to the classic crinkle cut chip
Whether they're slathered in cheese, topped with chilli, truffle or parmesan, or cooked multiple times, we love the humble chip. Fries are a sturdy, loyal companion to many of our favourite meals, or, in the right conditions, a perfectly acceptable meal in and of themselves. Scroll through the gallery above to find 27 of Dubai's best fries.
The fancy ones Duck fat fries at Firebird Diner This DIFC diner from Michael Mina serves up classic all-American comfort food with a twist (think s’mores desserts and posh fried chicken) and these duck fat fries fit the bill perfectly. About as indulgent as you can get when it comes to straight-up chips, the duck fat produces crunchy, seriously tasty fries. Dhs30. Four Seasons DIFC, DIFC (04 506 0100).
Logma fries at Logma Fries are technically classified as a starter at Logma, which we’re not going to complain about when they’re this good. The potato strips are seasoned with Khaleeji spices and mixed with crisp herbs. Some excellent Middle Eastern flavours to remind you what part of the world you’re in. Dhs28. BoxPark (800 56462).
Parmesan truffle fries at The Observatory What’s a list of Dubai’s best fries without a truffley version? These, served at both The Observatory and Bridgewater Tavern, are ideal. They might be on the pricey side, for, well a side, but they give an upmarket edge to your meal. Plus, with maple chipotle, spiced ketchup and black pepper mayo to dip into, this isn’t your average bar snack. Dhs55. Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites, Dubai Marina (04 319 4795).
Triple-cooked chips at Fümé Not satisfied with the usual single, or even double, cooking method for your potato snacks? These chips at Fümé in Pier 7 have three times the frying power. The triple cooking method was pioneered by British chef Heston Blumenthal in the ’90s, and has been widely popular ever since. Blumenthal was looking for “chips with a glass-like crust and soft, fluffy centre” and uses different temperatures for each cooking. Do you think Fümé’s got it right? Head down pronto to check them out. Dhs39. Pier 7, Dubai Marina (04 421 5669).
The sweet ones Baked sweet potato fries at Life’n One Who said fries have to be, well, fried? This holistic café in Jumeirah does a good-for-you menu packed with vegan treats. These sweet potato fries are baked to reduce the fat and calorie count, and are served with a garlic mustard dip. Chips, without the guilt. Dhs45. Jumeirah Beach Road (056 534 2899).
Sweet potato fries at Key West These tasty chips have a spicy, smoky rub for a real taste of the islands at this brand-new Nikki Beach spot. They’re also served with a home-made ketchup that will have you scooping up every last drop. Pair them with some seafood sliders for a winning combo. Dhs30. Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai, Pearl Jumeira (04 376 6000).
Sweetheart fries at Moylo’s This popular burger joint on Jumeirah Beach Road does excellent sweet potato fries that we heart (ahem). In an interesting twist, these are served with beetroot dip. Dhs20. Near Sunset Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 388 3140).
Sweet potato fries at S’wich This is a tricky one to narrow down, as all the fries at our favourite go-to gourmet shawarma spot are worthy of a mention. The herb and parsley ones are top-notch (plus they have green on them, so that means they’re good for you, right?), the Parmesan truffle ones are excellent, but the winner has to be these sweet potato sticks of yumminess. They’re not going to break the bank at Dhs18 and remain tasty and fresh even with delivery. Well-seasoned and even better dunked in ketchup. Dhs18. Various locations including Dubai Marina (800 79424).
The fully loaded ones Cheesy chilli beef fries at Cook Hall This US-style gastropub does a top version of loaded fries. These come with mountains of beef chilli and cheese and are the perfect munchies to accompany watching the match on telly. They’re not the cheapest you’ll find (at Dhs65), but are made with good quality ingredients and are a meal in themselves, if you’re not in the mood to share. Dhs65. The Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City (04 435 5577).
Chilli cheese fries at Blaze Burgers Just like everything at this new JBR burger joint, the loaded fries are ginormous. If you’ve got enough room after your burger (remember the double grilled cheese, double meat patty?), delve into a side of these chilli cheese fries. Pick your potato (scoops or regular fries) and have them piled high with beef chilli, cheese and jalapeños. Now all you need to decide is whether to go for mild, spicy or inferno… Dhs28. The Walk, JBR (800 25293).
Loaded fries at UBK This JLT bar is excellent on a comfort food day. For a hug in potato form, opt for the loaded fries here. You can choose from a range of toppings, but our fave is the cheese rarebit with red onion chutney and chilli for something that little bit different. If you want to strip it back, just go for the cheese and gravy version. Dhs75. Mövenpick Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster A, JLT (04 429 8789).
Lobster Poutine at Weslodge Essentially the Canadian take on chips and gravy, this is a dish that’s growing in popularity across the city. And where better to try the national dish than at Canadian eatery Weslodge? The lobster version here is an indulgent take on the dish, served with Hollandaise sauce and tarragon. Delish. The most expensive on this list, but worth it. Dhs100. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay (04 560 1700).
Mosa loaded fries at My Mosa Had enough of the regular chilli cheese fries? It’s time to spice things up. Literally. Smothered in makhani dip and pulled tandoori chicken, this loaded portion from food truck My Mosa gives run-of-the-mill fries a tasty does of India. Plus, they’re cheap as, erm, chips at Dhs15. Dhs15. Al Quoz (050 499 9430).
The classic ones Crinkle cut fries at Shake Shack A classic from childhood, crinkle cut chips were always way more fun than a regular fry (remember McCain’s Micro Chips, anyone?). These ones are even better (mainly because they’re fried rather than microwaved). Fresh, hot and as crimped as an ’80s hairdo. Dhs15. Various locations including Downtown Dubai (04 419 0370).
Curly fries at Original Wings & Rings Sure, you probably come here for wings or rings (or, most likely, both), but don’t leave without a side of classic curly fries. These have the Southern-fried-style seasoning you’ll know and love from when you were a kid. There’s still something fun about a curly fry (even as an adult). Dhs15. Liberty House, DIFC (04 359 6900).
Hand-cut double-cooked chips at Pantry Café There are a range of fries at Pantry Café, so you’ll be satisfied whatever your mood. Parmesan and truffle, Peri-Peri, regular, the list goes on, but we especially like these twice-cooked ones that retain the perfect crunch. Dhs18. Al Safa (04 388 3868).
Natural-cut fries at Wendy’s This popular global chain does a mean French fry, and we reckon they seem less salty than other fast food companies, too. Dhs15. Various locations including Dubai Festival City, www.wendysme.com.
Potato wedges at Wingsters You’ll need something to accompany those spicy wings and these are just the ticket. More potatoey than a fry, these aren’t everyone’s favourites. Perfect for when you fancy something with a little more substance, these are ideal for dipping (more surface area = more sauce). Dhs16. Dubai Marina (04 550 9281).
Skin on fries at Habibi Burger Chewier than your generic fry, thanks to the skin, they also feel a teeny bit healthier (we’re sure that skin also equals nutrients). These also aren’t at all greasy and are a bargain at Dhs10. Pair them with a perfectly-seasoned Habibi patty and thank us later. Dhs10. Marina Promenade (04 421 8228).
MORE TO TRY Funky Fries at Perry & Blackwelder’s A mash-up of lattice, sweet potato and regular fries, these are the party version of potato based snacks. And unlike in other mixes (nuts, Revels etc) we’re sure there won’t be any that you’ll be avoiding when you dig in. Share as nibbles or order as a side. Either way you won’t regret it. Dhs25. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 6197).
Truffle and Parmesan chips at Bread Street Kitchen Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay knows a thing or two about proper British gastropub food, and he proves it here with these crispy, crunchy offerings. They’ve been “poshed up” a bit with truffle and Parmesan, but not so much to disguise the classic fried potato sticks underneath. Dhs35. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Sweet potato and zaatar fries at Circle Café We love this healthy café for many reasons (not least its giant salads), however, when the mood strikes, the sweet potato and zaatar fries are the perfect side (even to that salad). If you opt for one of the sandwiches, you’ll get a portion thrown in, too. Mix it up and have half regular, half sweet potato. Dhs22. Various locations including Dubai Media City (04 276 6283).
Sweet potato fries at Roxy Cinemas Move over popcorn, it’s all about the sweet potato fries at Roxy Cinemas. Served to your seat in The Director’s Lounge, these chips are the perfect accompaniment to any movie. Dhs35. The Beach, JBR; BoxPark, Al Wasl Road; City Walk, Al Safa Street. www.theroxycinemas.com.
Kebab fries at The Scene Kebab fries? What a winning combo, we hear you cry. These are loaded fries, with a Middle Eastern twist. Served at The Scene from celebrity chef Simon Rimmer, these chips are topped with shawarma meat, slaw, garlic sauce and sriracha for a comforting dish with an Arabian zing. Dhs44. Pier 7, Dubai Marina (04 422 2328).
Chilli lava fries at Hardee’s Smothered in beef chilli and shredded melted cheese, these fries from US burger chain Hardee’s are in no way good for you, but for weekend comfort food, you can’t go wrong. And they’re a steal at just Dhs10, since with just one portion of these you’ve got yourself what could very easily pass for an entire meal. Bonus. Dhs10. Various locations including Mall of the Emirates, www.hardees.ae.
Beef bacon and cheese fries at Johnny Rockets The classic jacket potato filling also works well as a topping for chips. This one from US diner chain Johnny Rockets has plenty of cheese and cubes of tasty beef bacon covering some tasty fries. Veggie? Opt for the plain cheese version. Dhs25. Various locations including Dubai Marina, www.johnnyrockets.ae.
Belgian fries with mayonnaise at Le Petit Belge No-one does chips and mayo better than the Belgians. This offering from JLT’s newest hotspot features good-old traditional chips, perfectly crispy and crunchy on the outside and steaming hot and fluffy on the inside. Scoop up the mayo, or get a serving alongside the Flemish stew. They’re excellent either way. Dhs29. Pullman Hotel & Residences, Cluster T, JLT (04 242 7794).