Rock 'n' Sole Plaice

A hot, sweaty takeaway joint with few tables and reasonable pricing, seems like the real deal.

Time Out Says

It wouldn’t be fair to say that Dubai has a shortage of fish and chips. It doesn’t really. Britain’s national dish can be found in pretty much every pub in town (and a few high end restaurants as well). What Dubai does lack is a decent chippy. There are a couple that come close to fitting the bill, but compared to the fish and chip shacks back home, the Dubai equivalent tend to be pricy, sit-down affairs. The newly opened Rock ‘n’ Sole Plaice – in spite of its gratingly pun-tastic name – looked like it could fill that niche. Indeed, a hot, sweaty takeaway joint with few tables and reasonable pricing, it seemed, on first glance, like the real deal.

My date and I perused the menu – written on a chalkboard above the cash register – and settled on a nice, classic cod and chips, battered (chicken) sausage and a side of mushy peas and curry sauce to share. Service was served with a smile, and the folks behind the counter were also the owners, which made for a nice change.

When the food arrived, however, our hopes for a truly authentic fish and chips spot faded. It’s not that the fare was bad, it’s just that it was decidedly middling. The chips weren’t right for many reasons: for starters, they were too chunky and nowhere near crisp enough. I got the sense that the oil they were fried in just wasn’t quite hot enough. Sadly, both the battered fish and sausage were fried in the same oil, resulting in a coating that was just a bit soggy, and definitely lacking in satisfying crunch. The side of mushy peas, which were vibrant green and flavourless, didn’t fare much better, nor did the curry sauce. Aside from the merest hint of curry powder, the dip was virtually tasteless.

If you’re desperate for a plate of fish and chips, and aren’t too picky, then by all means, give Rock ‘n’ Sole Plaice a try. Just don’t expect it to taste like anything you’ve had back home in Blighty.

The bill (for two)
1x Large water Dhs6
1x Cod and chips Dhs45
1x Battered sausage Dhs35
1x Curry sauce Dhs10
1x Mushy peas Dhs10
Total (excluding service) Dhs106

By Daisy Carrington  | 24 Aug 2010

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Payment OptionsCash, Credit Card
CuisinesBritish, European
Dress CodeCasuals
12:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM to 11:00 PMMonday: 12:00 PM to 11:00 PMTuesday: 12:00 PM to 11:00 PMWednesday: 12:00 PM to 11:00 PMThursday: 12:00 PM to 11:00 PMFriday: 12:00 PM to 11:00 PMSaturday: 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Show number +971 4 395 3722
Dubai, Al Safa, Sharey Al Wasl

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