The Fish & Chip Room
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)
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.
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
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
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)