Like nothing better than a bit of battered cod and some proper chip shop chips? We hear you, here are 16 to savour
We check out 16 of Dubai’s top offerings
THE CLASSICS Boardwalk With stellar views across the Creek – especially in winter when you can soak up the holiday vibes on the terrace – Boardwalk’s dish is popular for good reason. Hops-battered fish comes hot and fresh in crunchy casing, with a serving of classic chips, tartare sauce and, of course, malt vinegar. Dhs90. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 205 4647).
Ibn AlBahr Oh we do like to be beside the seaside… Mainly because that’s the best place to dig into some freshly cooked fish and chips. These ones might not be served in a polystyrene box to be prodded with a wooden fork, but they still come with the smell of salty sea air, as this eatery is right on the waterfront at Club Vista Mare. The fresh catch of the day (usually king fish) is cooked expertly at this top Lebanese seafood joint. The best news? You won’t need to wrap up against the British summer weather, either. Dhs75. Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah (04 553 9575).
JB’s Gastropub There’s nothing we love more than a proper British pub with proper British pub grub. JB’s comes pretty close to the real thing back home, offering a range of pies, bangers and more. This fish and chips is a good classic too, with hops-battered cod, hand-cut chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce. It’s belt-looseningly large, too. Dhs95. Amwaj Rotana, The Walk, JBR (04 428 3084).
McGettigan’s JLT Where better to get proper fish and chips than a pub, right? McGettigan’s, as we’re sure you well know, excels in all the classic dishes, from pie and mash to sausages, by way of a hearty Irish fry-up. However, we can’t get enough of the fish and chips. The huge portion comes plated with traditional mushy peas and tartare sauce, and we love it any time of day, any day of the week. See you there. Dhs90. McGettigan’s JLT. Open Sun-Fri noon-3am, Sat 11am-3am. Cluster J, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 378 0800).
Lock Stock & Barrel The current holder of Time Out Dubai’s Bar Food of the Year gong, the food at Lock, Stock & Barrel is not to be sniffed at. You might come for the lively atmosphere, great live bands and drinks deals, but while you’re here it’s worth grabbing a bite to eat. A hefty fish chunk comes with chips and jalapeño mayo for extra kick. Treat yourself to a portion next time you’re here – you won’t regret it. Dhs119. Grand Millennium, Barsha Heights (04 514 9195).
The Red Lion This large space at the Metropolitan on Sheikh Zayed Road is the reincarnation of one of Dubai’s oldest pubs. The original opened in 1979, and was later demolished in 2012, along with the rest of the Metropolitan Hotel, and now it’s back, and it’s worth a visit. We enjoy the friendly vibe and traditional food, which, while not award-winning, is good quality and great value for money. Dhs75. Metropolitan Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 343 0000).
Reform Social & Grill Always a top choice when it comes to British cuisine, Reform serves up a great fish and chips, too. The fish is meaty and coated in a crispy batter, and chips are chunky. Eat it in the garden in cooler weather and pretend you’re back in Blighty on a Sunday afternoon. Dhs115. The Lakes, Emirates Living (04 454 2638).
The Black Lion Yorkshire chip van fish, chips and scraps. The latter isn’t often found on Dubai menus, so Brits (especially from the north of the country) will be thrilled to see this pop up here. For the uninitiated, scraps are exactly what they sound like, scraps of batter, served up next to your fish and chips. Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it. Dhs95. The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 359 2366).
The Irish Village A popular watering hole in Dubai for good reason, The IV’s pub grub is equally excellent. Satisfying, tasty and when eaten outside with some live music and a pint, all the better. Cod comes in a hops batter, with chips and good old fashioned mushy peas. Veggie? No need for you to miss out, there’s a halloumi version that will be right up your street. Dhs65. Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Garhoud (04 282 4750).
THE POSH ONES Bread Street Kitchen From the hands of British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, you’d expect this offering from Bread Street Kitchen to be top-notch, and it is. It’s not cheap, coming in at Dhs120, but you’ll get a generous portion of the British classic, fried in a craft hops batter for a perfectly crispy coating. Plus you won’t find any bog-standard mushy peas here, this upmarket take comes with a side of minted pea purée. Fancy. Dhs120. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeiah (04 426 2626).
Epicure The food served up at Epicure comes with a side of views across the polo fields. But the brasserie’s picturesque backdrop is not the only draw – the tasty fish and chips are well worth visiting for. Plus, they come in at just Dhs85, so considering the location, we think that’s pretty good value. Dhs85. Desert Palm Per Aquum, Al Awir Road (04 602 9333).
Geales Housed in Le Royal Méridien, this is one of the smartest British restaurants in Dubai. But the Union flag cushions inside are about as British as you’re going to get, unless your local pub has views of Palm trees and the sea. That aside, the fish and chips are top, plus you can have them battered any way you like – be it tempura, hops, Cajun or lemon and black pepper. Plus you can opt for hake, cod or sole. Even better, head there on a Tuesday from 7pm to 11.30pm and you’ll get a portion of the signature dish with a house beverage for just Dhs99. Can’t say fairer than that. Dhs90. Le Royal Méridien, Dubai Marina (04 316 5550).
Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera “You never get nervous walking into one of my restaurants, it’s all stuff you’ll recognise,” Australian super chef Sean Connolly recently told Time Out Dubai, and he’s right. A fairly compact menu houses plenty of favourites, including fish and chips. But it’s not just any old dish, this lightly battered and perfectly fresh fish comes with huge, chunky duck fat chips for that perfect crunchy exterior and fluffy interior, plus a splash of Sarson’s vinegear for a taste of home. The venue is pretty spectacular, too, boasting views of The Dubai Fountain and of the Burj Khalifa, too. Dhs150 Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai (04 362 7312).
THE ALTERNATIVE ONES Flamingo Room by Tashas A brand new restaurant at Jumeirah Al Naseem, Flamingo Room by tashas’ fish and chips shakes things up a bit in the potato department. Gone are the chunky chips, replaced by a bundle of shoestring fries. Sure to be frowned on by traditionalists, we say embrace the crispy, light and potatoey goodness. Also, say goodbye to tartare sauce – a lemon aioli graces the plate here. Dhs112. Jumeirah Al Naseem, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 244 7278).
Spice & Ice There’s no chance you’ll be going to an Indian restaurant specialising in molecular gastronomy and find an average fish and chips. Popular JLT eatery Spice & Ice’s take on the dish is a masala version. The battered fish is served up with a side of fries, tossed in the restaurant’s secret masala seasoning for a quirky Indian twist. Fear not, it still comes with a helping of traditional mushy peas. Dhs68. Cluster A, JLT (04 421 1356).
Sugar Factory A hero of our Bite Me page in the past, this Chips on Fish is a fun take on the dish. Sugar Factory aims to present a “contemporary and cool look and feel while enhancing the taste and texture” of the dish and that’s achieved here. The fish itself is crusted with crunchy potato fries meaning you’ll get the fish and chips combo in every mouthful. The fish is marinated in mustard, lemon and salt, with a kick of Cajun spice before being coated with the chip stubs. The tartare sauce is lifted by a touch of curry powder, too, so it’s an all-round flavour explosion. Not content with just chips? This one comes with kettle chips and mash too for an ultimate tatty fest. Dhs45. Festival City Mall, Dubai Festival City (04 284 3456).