4 great restaurants to get fish 'n' chips in Dubai
Most Brits will agree there’s nothing better than a plate of crispy battered fish and a side of salty, vinegar-soaked chips. But while most people believe that the pair made its first appearance along the coastline of Northern England, the first “chippie” actually opened in London. More iconic to England than the Queen or the Beatles according to the Independent newspaper, more than 229 million portions of white fish fillet are sold in the country every year, with cod and haddock the preferred choice. Today, it can be ordered in restaurants around the globe, with everyone from Rick Stein to Atul Kochhar creating their own version. If you fancy some chippie action in the UAE, these are the best in town.
Dubai’s liveliest watering hole has been serving consistently awesome fish and chips for years. The fish is fresh, the batter perfectly crisp and the chips no older than a few minutes. Plus the pair make an appearance alongside mushy peas and tartar sauce that are as British as Michael Caine. If you’re coming with family or friends and want to keep your dining experience authentic, order butter chicken – a fragrant feast that proffers saffron pulao, paratha, poppadum, pickles and crispy onion – or bangers and mash, with surprisingly delicious caramelised banana shallots, truffle mashed potatoes and gravy. Hearty stuff.
Where: Le Meridien Mina Seyahi
Contact: +971 4 318 1313, website
Jekyll & Hyde
Exuding flavours from the English coast, this meal sees fish coated in batter, fried until crispy and served with real-deal chips. It comes with authentic, homemade tartar sauce and mushy peas on the side. With a name like it has, you’d expect this gastropub eatery to offer a slew of other English offerings – and it does. You’ll find everything from homemade veal Scotch egg (served with HP sauce), veal sausage rolls with piccalilli, and homemade pie of the week, replete with mash and broccoli. What about a pudding, you ask? Naturally, there’s sticky toffee and date pudding with vanilla ice cream.
Where: Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC
Contact: +971 4 343 5518, website
This version of the classic is filling but not too heavy. Fresh-from-the-sea haddock fillets – air freighted from the UK each day – meet thick, hand-cut, triple-fried chips (made with Desirée or King Edward potatoes), minted crushed peas, and homemade tartar sauce whipped up with tangy mayonnaise, coarse-grained mustard, diced gherkins, capers, lemon juice, and fresh parsley. Relax any stiff upper lips seated at the table with you by suggesting they order the High Tea, a delightful tower featuring smoked salmon and avocado-mango mini sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, lemon cake and mini muffins served with More mini jams.
Where: The Dubai Mall
Contact: +971 4 343 3779, website
Clinton Street Baking Company
While not as traditional as the other versions here, this delightful meal serves up batter-fried, market-fresh fish, hand-cut fries and avocado tartar sauce, the latter being a creamy and surprisingly healthy concoction. The chef also keeps the oil in check here, so you won’t feel like the Michelin man after tucking in. If you’re sticking with seafood – albeit of the American variety – you should really enjoy the Blackened Seabass featuring Creole-spiced fish, braised kale and fried okra. The mini crab cakes – that’s the crispy Maryland variety served with the same homemade avocado tartar sauce that the star of the show comes with – are hugely satisfying, too.
Where: Burj Views, Downtown Dubai
Contact: +971 4 428 1331, website