Different cultures worldwide are slowly embracing the quintessential British comfort food – fish and chips. It is most popular in former British colonies, like Abu Dhabi. With the fish-rich Persian Gulf supplying shops with the freshest daily catch, this oil-rich region has become one of the most coveted places to enjoy a platter of fish and chips. Expect to get only the crispiest fish crust that elicits a music-to-the-ears kind of crunch and the most delicate fish flesh that slides down your throat when you dine at any of the ten best fish and chips in Abu Dhabi.
Brits with a serious case of homesickness can always find comfort in every platter that The Chippy serves to its customers. This joint offers one of the most authentic fish and chip experiences you can ever have outside the British Isles.
With speciality British and Irish products that make your longing for home more unbearable, a plate of crispy haddock or cod and scrumptious chips is all you need to calm your nerves. Without the unpredictable weather, of course.
Prices start at AED 47.
Open Sun-Mon 12 noon - 11 pm, Thu 12noon - midnight, Fri 12 noon - 10 pm, Sat 12 noon - 10:30 pm.
23 Al Reema St., Jazeerat Al Reem. (02 444 7066).
People have this idea that only the Brits make the best fish and chips. Do not count the Americans out just yet. With its creative craft drinks and an ambience that is perfect for engaging the Emirate’s sports-minded folks, Appaloosa is one of the most unlikely places you can get exciting fish and chips. You would be surprised. The sports bar offers one of the most delectable fish and chips recipes on the planet.
Open daily 12 noon -3 am.
G/F Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Khalifa City. (02 201 4131).
The Captain’s Arm
If you are craving for a traditional English pub experience, The Captain’s Arm is the place to go. Not only does the pub provide excellent beverages. They also offer one of the largest servings of fish and chips in the city. Get ready to be mesmerised with its perfectly cooked fish after treating your ears to the delicious crackling sound of crispy crust. Do go there early as the place can get crowded very fast.
Open daily 12 noon - 2:30 am.
Le Meridien Abu Dhabi Tourist Club Area, Al Zahiyah. (02 697 4482).
Belgium is more famous for its waffles, chocolates, beer, and fries. However, the Belgian Café makes one of the most fascinating fish and chips in this region. The café relies on its age-old beer crafting tradition to produce the best beer batter for their North Atlantic cod. If you substitute the chips with classic Belgian fries and dip the fish in their secret tartar sauce, you will know this is a fish and chips dish like no other.
Open Sat-Wed 12 noon - 1am, Thu - Fri 12 noon - 2 am.
Radisson Blu Hotel Abu Dhabi, Yas Island. (02 656 2406).
Fish and Co.
One bite, and you will get hooked. Such is Fish and Co.’s promise whenever somebody new wants to try their signature fish and chips recipe. The restaurant has one of the oddest possible flavour combinations that reflect the city’s multicultural characteristics. For starters, you can try either the Bombay or Singapore version of fish and chips. If you want a more European flavour, get the Swiss or Danish. There is a New York-style recipe, too.
Prices start at AED 73.
Open daily 11 am - 11pm.
Yas Mall, Yas Island. (055 172 3368).
Known for its elaborate menu, fabulous weekend brunches, and good music, the Easy Tiger is another place to enjoy a huge platter of crispy fish and chips. While it is more expensive than other places, the serving you get is enough for your gang of hungry Brits and Irishmen who long for the simple joys of home cooking.
Open daily 12 noon - 3:45 am.
Al Ain Palace Hotel, W Corniche Rd. (02 678 0522).
The Sportsman’s Arm
Very few British comfort foods can bring the family together like a good, old-fashioned fish and chips. With its family-friendly ambience, The Sportsman’s Arm is one of the best places to let your kids and loved ones enjoy smacking their fingers with the bar’s luscious tartar sauce. Feast at the golden-brown crust and marvel at the sensory experience that the crunchy cod provides. There is a dizzying selection of booze to make the crunch more satisfying, too.
Open Sat-Wed 12 noon -11 pm, Thu-Fri 12noon - 1 am.
1/F International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City. (02 447 1066).
The Coffee Club
Not a fan of a raucous crowd? Want to enjoy your fish and chips as you do at home? There is only one place to go. The Coffee Club might not specialise in this British food. However, it does provide its customers with a delectable slice of fresh fish covered in a delicious batter that turns a golden brown once it gets off the vat. It is a quaint little place that offers a homey experience to savouring fish and fries.
Open daily 9 am - 11pm.
Level 1 Yas Mall, Yas Island. (02 565 1171).
Some say the Irish make their fish and chips better than the Brits. There is only one way to find out if you are in Abu Dhabi. Head to Fado’s and get a unique Irish pub experience like no other. Their fish and chips come with house-made tartar sauce and a unique take on fresh-made slaw. Savouring the flavours of sustainably-caught North Atlantic cod is so much better when done at Fado’s.
Prices start at AED 54.
Open Fri-Tue 12 noon - 2 am, Wed-Thu 12 noon - 3 am.
Oryx Hotel, Corniche Road- Zayed the First Street. (02 692 2218).
Jones the Grocer
If you decide to feast on a crispy North Atlantic cod, make sure to check Jones the Grocer’s Gone Fishin’ offering. The homemade tartar sauce is to die for. The pea puree has a nice kick to it that coats the mouth with a savoury and minty flavour. What you will appreciate is the attention to detail that Jones cooks put into every platter they serve.
Open Sun-Thu 7:30 am - 11 pm, Fri-Sat 9 am - 11 pm.
G/F Pearl Plaza Tower, Khalidiya St. (02 639 5883).