Do you want fries with that? It’s a familiar refrain from smiling waiters up and down our fine city. And the answer comes time and time again – yes, of course we do.
But, we have to confess, as much as we love those lovely fingers of deep-fried potato, sometimes we can be guilty of taking the trusty chip for granted. Much like the underappreciated theatrical understudy, the straight man in a comedy double act and the technically sound holding midfielder in a title-winning football team (stick with us, this is going somewhere) the culinary delight doesn’t always get the credit it deserves.
We reckon it’s far more than just a mere side attraction, though, so now is the fry’s chance to shine (and not just because it’s glistening with cooking oil). The future is bright, the future is golden brown.
Parmigiano truffle fries at Appaloosa
We are big fans of the menu at this upscale sports bar, which provides a classic bar bites and pub grub with a flamboyant touch. Think tuna burgers and delicately presented pies, for example. The fries are no different, coming drenched in truffle oil and parmesan. These are cheesy chips with a difference.
Dhs35. Open daily noon-3am. Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Abu Dhabi, Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Khalifa City (02 201 4131).
Cheese and Macho fries at Bareburger
When you specialise in burgers you need to have a good line in fries, too, and these guys certainly deliver on that score. The cheese fries, made from all natural ingredients, are oozing with three lovely sauces, cheese, smoked and buffalo, and bulked up with beef bacon. You can also dig into macho fries, boasting guacamole, spicy pico de gallo, cheese sauce and pickled jalapeño, and macho sweet fries made out of sweet potato.
Dhs49 (cheese fries), Dhs51 (macho fries), Dhs59 (macho sweet potato fries). Open Sat-Wed 10am-11pm, Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. Marina Mall Abu Dhabi, The Breakwater, The Corniche (02 441 1723).
Truffle fries at Berri’s Cafe
From the same place that brought us lobster on pizza comes this decadent take on the time-honoured snack. The LA import’s truffle offering features matchstick fries lathered in truffle oil and capped off with parmesan cheese in a lip-smackingly good combination. You really will be living the ‘fry’ life (last one we promise) if you head over to Berri’s.
Dhs30. Open Sun-Wed 8am-11pm, Thu-Sat 8am-midnight. Al Muneera Beach Plaza, Al Muneera (02 643 9555).
Poutine at Blu Sky Lounge & Grill
Chips, cheese and gravy, need we say any more? Okay, if we must elaborate, this ultimate Canadian comfort food has been making faces light up since the 1950s and is one of the brightest spots on the menu at this Southern Sun Abu Dhabi sports bar.
The dish is so popular it comes in two splendid varieties. The poutine classic is crammed with ingredients such as stealth fries, cheddar and turkey gravy, while the poutine supreme is a delicious combination of fat chips, chilli con carne, sour cream, jalapeños and manchego. Why not try both?
Dhs40 (poutine classic), Dhs45 (poutine supreme). Open Sun-Thu 3pm-3am, Fri-Sat noon-3am. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Al Mina Street, Al Zahiya (02 818 4888).
Truffle sprinkled French fries at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
Brilliant beats and bites are the order of the day at this super-cool beach club. Every weekend you can sun yourself by the sandy shores of Ghantoot while enjoying top tunes from an array of international DJs and enjoying some fine food for good measure. The truffle sprinkled French fries are perfect for a refuel while you dance the day and night away.
Dhs40. Open Fri-Sat 1pm-11pm. Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotels and Resort, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).
Truffle cheese fries at Boa Steakhouse
We recommend you have a nice slab of steak with these, but if you are not in the mood for meat these flavoursome fries will do just fine on their own. Enjoy beautiful views looking out onto the lush Eastern Mangroves either from the dining area or out on the terrace while you devour these fries with truffle cheese sauce, tomato, chives and lovely truffle oil. You are sure to be feeling chipper after this.
Dhs40. Open Sat-Wed 12.30pm-1am, Thu 12.30pm-2am, Fri 12.30pm-5pm, 6pm-1am. Eastern Mangroves Promenade, Sheikh Zayed Street (02 641 1500).
Poutine at Butcher & Still
The classic dish of poutine – French fries and melted cheese curds topped with brown gravy – is given a modern twist at one of the most stylish restaurants in town. Butcher & Still, itself a contemporary take on a prohibition-era steakhouse, has put its own sophisticated stamp on the dish. Diners can plant their fork into thick-cut potato wedges with melted white cheddar cheese, crispy crumbled veal bacon, bleu cheese rosemary gravy and truffle.
Try out a 1950s Canadian staple in a 1920s Chicago-inspired steakhouse in modern day Abu Dhabi.
Dhs70. Open daily 6pm-midnight. Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 333 2444).
Chilli pepper and cheese fries and sweet potato fries at Café 302
Trust our reigning Café of the Year to come up with a healthy option. Not only are the sweet potato fries here very moreish, the stack of fries won’t pile on the pounds or burn through your dirhams either for that matter. The chilled-out spot also offers up a palate-pleasing chilli pepper and cheese fries, loaded with zesty cherry peppers and cheese sauce. You won’t be left ‘fry’ and dry at Café 302.
Dhs26 (sweet potato fries), Dhs31 (chilli pepper and cheese fries). Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana, Hamdan Street (02 610 6666).
Pommes frites at Caramel Restaurant & Lounge
You might think it’s all foie gras and oysters in the swanky Collection dining hub at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, but there is room for a hearty meal or two as well. Okay, they have a posher name at the stylish Caramel Restaurant & Loung (the pommes frites are the twice-cooked Belgian version of the staple food) but all the usual goodness is right there. The crispy pomme frites are sprinkled with garlic and parmesan, another classy addition to a fine feed. Go Belgian and try them with some mayonaise.
Dhs55. Open Sun-Wed 6pm-2am, Thu-Fri 6pm-3am. The Collection, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island (02 678 3344).
Philly cheese steak fries at Cooper’s
If you thought a plate of fries was just a mere appetiser, this hearty serving will give you plenty of food for thought. One of the popular British-style pub’s best-selling dishes, diners can fill up on fries made from premium potato strips, grilled sirloin and grilled onions, capsicum and warm cheddar cheese. We always love to pop down to Cooper’s (not just because it’s right next to Time Out Towers) and here is one tasty reason why.
Dhs60. Open daily noon-2.30am. Park Rotana Abu Dhabi, Khalifa Park Area (02 657 3333).
Loaded sweet tempura fries at C-view and L’attitude
We can resist everything except tempura, once mused the legendary poet Oscar Wilde. We think that was the quote anyway. The loaded sweet tempura fries, on the menu at both C-view and L’attitude at Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort, are certainly tough to resist. The Cajun-crusted tempura sweet potato fries are topped with corn, spicy aioli and lemon wedges to give you all the ingredients you need for success.
Dhs30 at both venues. C-View open daily 9am-11pm; L’attitude open daily 4pm-1am. Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort, Jebel Dhanna (02 801 2222).
Homemade French fries at Hidden Bar
Don’t worry, the bar isn’t that hidden, we aren’t giving anything anyway by saying you can find it at the Rosewood Abu Dhabi. What’s also no secret is just how good the fries are here. The homemade French fries are hand-cut from specially sourced Maris Piper potatoes and given an extra flavour boost by a sprinkling of shaved pecorino.
Dhs47. Open daily 6pm-3am. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 813 5550).
Dirty fries at PJ O’Reilly’s
We all know the Irish love a good spud – don’t worry there will be no stereotypical references to dancing leprechauns or shamrocks to follow – and one of the emirate’s best Emerald Isle haunts cooks up a very tasty version of the dish. You won’t be able to resist diving into the dirty fries, featuring hand-cut chips, with tasty morsels of meat, melted cheese and sour cream thrown into the mouth-watering mix.
Dhs42. Open Sat-Wed noon-2am, Thu-Fri noon-3am. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street, Al Markaziyah
(800 101 101).
Volcano fries at Snatch
For an explosive portion of fries, head to Snatch. The quirky Al Muneera eatery likes to serve its dishes with a bit of added oomph, and its fries are no different. A jar of smoking, cheesy fries will make its way to your table, topped with spicy chicken, Cheetos and a special sauce. They make quite the impression, that’s for sure.
Dhs47. Open daily 10am-11pm. Al Muneera Beach Plaza, Al Raha (02 555 6558).
Parmesan truffle fries at The Retreat
The chips aren’t just on the golf course here. The cool and casual sports bar at the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa is a great spot to swing on by for some fries. The parmesan truffle fries are well above par, coming served with maple chipotle, spiced ketchup and black pepper mayonnaise. You won’t mind parting with a bit of wedge to polish off this dish.
Dhs45. Open daily noon-3am. Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Sas Al Nakhl (02 616 9999).
Cheese and chilli beef fries at Velocity
The sports bar serves our favourite bar food in the city, and this mighty portion of fries is no different. The chips come topped with a rich and meaty chilli beef plus cheese and provide the perfect accompaniment to a big game on one of the many screens in the venue.
Dhs56. Open 4pm-2am Sun-Wed; noon-3amThu-Fri; noon-2am Sat. Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi, Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street (02 304 7777).
Pulled beef fries at Wendy’s
The phrase cheap as chips was invented for times like this. The brilliant beef pulled fries at Wendy’s will set you back just 13 dirhams. For your meagre outlay, you can tuck into crispy natural-cut fries topped with pulled beef and your choice of sauce from barbecue, teriyaki, sweet chilli and chipotle. You couldn’t possibly have a beef with this dining deal.
Dhs13. Open daily 11am-midnight. Mushrif Mall, Al Mushrif (600 529 998).
Cheesy Cajun fries at WXYZ Bar
This venue’s title might sound like alphabetti spaghetti, but it is fiery fries on the menu. WXYZ offers up some foodie fuel for the evening ahead in the form of its cheesy Cajun fries. The crispy fries are tossed in Cajun spices and topped with melted cheddar to create a brilliant taste explosion.
Dhs42. Open daily noon-midnight. Aloft Hotel Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (02 654 5130).