Potato is the one ingredient that is universally loved. Even the most intense meat lovers will always have a soft spot for this root vegetable and, in most cases, it is their favourite. From aloo subzi to stuffed potatoes, there are several dishes that are tasty and often ordered. However, none of them are as popular as good old French fries. A simple enough dish, yet many overcook them or burn them and, in some rare cases, even under cook them. After a long, lengthy taste test, we picked some of our favourite places to grab some fries. Here are those that made the list.
The J – This place cannot be labelled as a restaurant, but it most certainly is the king of French fries in the Churchgate area. It is bang opposite two popular colleges and serves some delicious French fries in paper cones with your choice of toppings. It is almost like a desi version of Amsterdam frites and is a hit with every teenager in the area. Our top pick would be their chilli garlic and jalapeño cheese fries.
Between Breads – Bandra’s favourite burger and hot dog joint is famous for many things, but there is not a single person who is not aware of their amazing French fries. The boys here give you hot, crispy and perfectly fried fries but with beautiful bits of fried bacon and actually the potatoes soak up the bacon fat to give it some extra flavour. If you are a porkaholic, then these bacon fries are worth it.
The Bar Stock Exchange – This bar has become so popular that it has multiple outlets across the city. The menu is a mix of greasy snacks that go well with beer and loud music, and their Triple Fries is a great accompaniment for both. The reason it is called Triple Fries is because it comes separated into one bunch of regular fries and a cheesy dip, another bunch with bits of cheddar cheese melted on it and a third bunch covered in spicy peri peri seasoning. It is a hearty snack, perfect for sharing and a perfect combination of cheesy, spicy and regular French fries.
The Social – The trendy chain of pubs has made greasy regular bar food very popular. From eggs, samosas to even a Parsi dhansak, they serve every sort of comfort food. So it should come as no surprise that one of their stellar dishes is the Mexican lamb poutine. It is not really a traditional poutine (which is a Canadian dish), but this combination of French fries drowning in melted cheese with spicy minced lamb is a really quite something. It is a meal in itself and a great variation to a regular plate of fries.
Ellipsis – This fine-dining establishment is not the first place you think of when it comes to a plate of humble French fries, but it should be. Their version of French fries is anything but humble. The potatoes are thin crisp strips that are not too thick and, at the same time, not wafer thin, but they comes with a generous sprinkling of parmesan shavings, chives and white truffle oil. While almost everything on this menu is spectacular, the truffle fries have a special place in our hearts because they are THAT good!
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Better known as the Tiny Taster, Roxanne is an internationally respected blogger and expert on the Mumbai food scene. She has hosted many events, including the Upper Crust Food & Wine Show and travels the world, sharing her knowledge and gaining more experience.
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