Fabulous fish and chips

We check out 12 of Dubai’s top offerings of the favourite family feast

Food

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. Battered fish comes hot and fresh in a 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 (see back page for more). The fresh catch of the day is cooked expertly at this top Lebanese seafood joint. The best news? You won’t all 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 battered cod, hand-cut chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce. It’s belt-looseningly large, too. This’ll fill ‘em up nicely.
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).

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 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 drinks, all the better. Cod comes in a hops batter, with chips and good old fashioned mushy peas. Veggies on board? No need 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. One for weekend treats.
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 family 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, 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 (and if you’ve not taken the family there yet, you are all missing out on something special), 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).

Sugar Factory
A hero of our Bite Me page in the past, this Chips on Fish is a fun, smart and modern take on the old classic. 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 by the proverbial bucket-load. 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 a flavour explosion. Not content with just chips? This one comes with kettle chips and mash too, for an ultimate tatty fest. So, you know, Dad’ll be happy.
Dhs45. Festival City Mall, Dubai Festival City (04 284 3456).

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