It’s not often the words ‘fast food’ and ‘healthy’ can be uttered in the same sentence. So at the sight of a new eatery serving baked potatoes, without oil or frying, and with a healthy dose of advice on the ingredient’s nutritional benefits (did you know potatoes are high in vitamin C?), I decided to try this new addition to Dubai Marina’s casual dining scene.
Although it offers some indoor and outdoor seating, Potato Hut is minuscule: the decor is centred around a fun, amusing theme as though the shop is sitting inside a giant wooden box, so the name is certainly fitting. When my companion and I arrived a family was sitting at the only indoor table, and there were fairly regular visits from takeaway customers throughout our dinner.
The regular-sized potatoes looked gargantuan, so we modestly chose the smaller option. Then we scoured the menu to choose a filling, eschewing the odd-sounding oloviye (a mashed potato salad, for those wanting double potato for dinner), and chose one veggie delight and one steak potato.
Although the veggie delight photo looked as though the potato was stuffed with a varied Greek salad-style mix, the option actually allowed for a choice of only three out of six vegetables, so my friend picked green peppers, tomato and sweetcorn, with cheese as an extra.
The server then carefully set about fluffing up the insides of each potato with a mini-rake, adding salt, black pepper and butter (as required). She then filled the potatoes with the toppings and placed them under a grill. Considering Potato Hut is a fast-food outlet (healthy or otherwise), this process did take some time.
Once they were ready, the cheap and spindly forks made the potatoes fairly impossible to eat, so we were reduced to scooping out the insides with a spoon. The steak potato was stuffed with a mix of what was really more like cold sliced roast beef than steak, with green peppers and tomatoes. Aside from that it was decent enough, and didn’t taste limp or greasy, but it lacked a sauce to make the filling cohesive and more savoury (although I concede this would probably undo any low-cholesterol benefits of the dish).
The veggie delight came encrusted with a thick layer of melted mozzarella and was decent, although it was at the level of something you might knock up at home. For both potatoes the flesh was fluffy and creamy, although the skins were a little papery and brittle.
The baked potatoes aren’t exceptional, or much beyond home-cooked versions, but they’re satisfying and comforting and certainly make a fresher, healthier takeaway (or delivery) option than most of the usual suspects on the market.
The bill (for two) 1x small veggie delight potato Dhs9 1x extra cheese Dhs2 1x small steak potato Dhs12 1x fresh lemon and mint Dhs15 1x small water Dhs4 Total (excluding service) Dhs42