We ready our appetites, and throw in a few preparatory lunges, before tracking down where to get the best fish and chips in Dubai. Essential reading.
The Fish & Chip Room 6/7 Dhs54 This chip shop dishes out staggering portions, with fish the size of a frisbee and enough soft, wholesome chips to satisfy even the most salt-deprived of us. The batter may be wrapped around chunks of hammour, but the lemon zested, crispy batter is pitch-perfect, packed with moisture and authentic flavours. And they do a sweet curry and thick-as-soup gravy familiar to any fry-loving Brit. Jumeirah Beach Residence, Murjan (04 427 0443)
Carter’s 5/7 Dhs65 Juicy morsels of fish come wrapped in a crisp batter, while a chunky side of perfectly crisp chips make this traditional combo quite the star. Plus, Carter’s has the feel of an authentic gastropub, which is a plus in a town that has so few. Wafi (04 324 0000)
Fish and Co. 6/7 Dhs35 The fish and chips are a far cry from the grease-saturated newspaper fodder you might expect from a British chippie. Instead, the thin fillet of cod is sparingly coated with a feather-light batter and simply dressed with a lemon. It’s excellent, and the chips are freshly cut and fried to a delicate crisp. Al Ghurair Mall, Rigga Road, Deira (04 227 0252)
Belgian Beer Café 4/7 Dhs45 Moules et frites may be a more typically Belgian way to pair Neptune’s offerings with deep-fried spuds, but the BBC offers up pretty tasty fish and chips too. The classic batter coating makes way for a breaded jacket, which, sadly, has been known to arrive a little overcooked. But with thick-cut fries this good, served with a tankard of tasty ale, we are prepared to forgive them just about anything. InterContinental Dubai, Festival City (04 701 1111)
The Irish Village 3/7 Dhs46 The IV does its fish and chips in a fairly traditional manner. The fish, though it has a white, flaky interior, is often served in a not wholly crispy batter and the mushy peas are not the lurid green variety so beloved in fine, old Blighty. But with solid, fat chips and a side of tartare sauce this is not a bad approximation of Britain’s favourite dish. For slightly more authentic surroundings (though often lacking in atmosphere) try the dedicated fish and chip shop round the corner. The Aviation Club, Garhoud (04 282 4750)
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gary May 23, 2013 10:03 am
Well with out a doubt you have missed the best, that is the fish and chip shop 26b street Mirdif they do cod and plaice home made tartar and curry sauce superb!!!
Shaz Mar 21, 2013 05:12 pm
Gramercy in DIFC has awesome fish & chips. McGettigans at WTC also tasty, but the atmosphere in there is not so great - they need to lose the weird green lighting.
Nabeel Ahmed Jun 18, 2011 04:18 pm
I am surprised fish and chips room is in the list. There are far more better ones not listed here. I hope a better list is posted soon.
Vren Mar 07, 2011 09:49 am
I agree - hardly a thorough investigation - two of the "reccomended" came with a not so great review.
Sammach has also been missed out ...great fresh fish n chips every time as has Barasti.
David Dec 03, 2008 12:09 pm
I think you forgot Japengo - fabulous and fishtastic - 6 stars; the Boardwalk also has great fish and ships - and a captain''s birdseye setting - pipe yourself silly imagining your at the front of your ship. Avoid the fish and chips in Longs Bar; but do go for it in Billy Blues on its fish night - where you can get two seafood dishes for the price of one.