Burgers, fish, sandwiches and salads – there isn’t a meal that isn’t improved with a side of spuds
Hand-cut chips with Malden sea salt at ubk
If the word ‘shoestring’ tests your gag reflex, find comfort in the beefy arms of these fat, fluffy chips at JLT’s urban bar & kitchen. There’s the option to add parmesan or truffle oil, but that’s all much too poncey – these are best enjoyed as a bedfellow to a battered cod. Dhs25. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster A, JLT (04 438 0000).
Masala fries at Fusion
There are too few variations on these hot, spice-tossed fries in Dubai – so if any restaurateurs are listening, we’d like to see more. Forget ketchup or mayo (which, let’s be clear, is only an acceptable condiment for Belgians) – use these guys to mop up the fragrant remnants of a chicken kolhapuri. Dhs14. JBC 1, Cluster G, JLT (04 369 5096).
Fries at Logma
Order these for a snack that celebrates the city you’re in. Crisp, golden French fries are tossed and served coated in a blend of Khaleeji spices and fried Arabian herbs. If that’s not enough of an authentic local twist on your meal, get stuck into the restaurant’s fried samboosas, stuffed with cheese and ‘chips Oman’. Dhs28. Box Park, Al Wasl Road, Al Safa (800 56462).
Fans of classic American diner grub can witness the meeting of two old favourites at this stateside import. In the manner of Canadian poutine, golden batons of fried potato are smothered in a rich, creamy, white chowder and topped with beef bacon crumbs and chives. Heart-stoppingly good. Dhs24. Ibn Battuta Mall, The Gardens (800 7527).
Sweet potato fries at S’wich
Do away with a large chunk of the much-lauded sweet potato’s natural goodness by deep-frying them, and you’ve got yourself a seriously addictive snack. S’wich’s relatively wide, flat versions are a tasty example of Dubai’s current orange fries obsession. Good news for fans – there’s a second branch coming soon… Dhs16. Marina View Towers, Dubai Marina (800 79424).
Parmesan truffle fries at Moylo’s
It may just be a casual dining joint near the beach, but there’s nothing low-key about these truffle-oil tossed fries. Topped with parmesan shavings and freshly chopped chives, dunk them in Moylo’s sauce on the side and be transported to a spud-popping paradise. Dhs18. Near Sunset Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 388 3140).
Crinkle fries at Shake Shack
For Brits missing the good old days of McCain’s floppy microwave chips back at home, this American chain has got your back. With ridges on. Top them with yellow ‘cheese’ sauce for an extra Dhs6. Dhs14. Various locations including The Dubai Mall (04 419 0370).
Steak fries at Seafire
Fat chips dipped in savoury batter? Hold the cholesterol check-up while we dive straight in. These chips have recently returned to the steakhouse’s menu after an all-too-long absence, and we couldn’t be hungrier for them. Dhs28. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Poutine at Fraîche Café & Bistro
The Canadians were onto something when they came up with this culinary mash-up. If you’re the type who can’t choose between cheesy chips or chips with gravy, settle for both. Fraîche’s poutine uses halloumi instead of traditional cheese curd, but the thick, flavoursome brown sauce is 100 percent authentic. Dhs29. Swiss Tower, Cluster Y, JLT (04 369 7821).
What your sauce says you
1 Mustard You're probably the kind of person who buys a hot dog and throws the bun away. Clearly you can't be trusted.
2 Sriracha If you're not eating this while wearing a moustache, round specs and Oxford brogues, we'll eat our bowler hat.
3 Ketchup You're risk-averse after too many disappointing 'house sauces', and now you're as adventurous as a cheese sandwich.
4 Mayonnaise Either you're as Belgian as Hercule Poirot - or you're downright boring. A brush with Tabasco will do you good.
5 Barbecue Poor you! All confused, not knowing the difference between ribs and chips. Now let's put an end to this madness.