Atlantic Fish & Chips Restaurant is a newly opened chippy in Al Barsha South. Located in the middle of a tightly knit cluster of eateries in the Signature Building next door to Dubai Miracle Garden, Atlantic’s interior is two table small. There are two more tables outside but, with the weather already hotting up, I don’t know how usable they will be in a month. My food-buddy, Soheil, and I were lucky to get a table inside where I was immediately reminded of Mirdif Fish & Chips, a British established hole-in-the-wall with a cult following. To be fair, both were probably designed as delivery/take-away kitchens which also serve on-site. I have been to many similar places in the UK. The problem is that Atlantic calls itself a restaurant – hmm.
Soheil ordered their Atlantic Cod while I decided to try the rather grand sounding, Royal Haddock, which at AED35 and AED38 respectively, are at the top end of the menu’s price scale. The haddock is served as a single filet and the cod, a double. These new kids on the block have got their batter down, that’s for sure; both were crunchy and beautifully crisp on the outside. The inside was a different story; my haddock had was limp, discoloured and had no taste whatsoever – zero. Soheil’s cod was much better; firm, flaky and altogether more…tasty. He shared his with me. What surprised me was that mushy peas and curry sauce are not included – they are AED5 extras. How can you have fish and chips without mushy peas?
Friendly service is definitely a strong point. There were two young, bubbly Filipinas and a number of equally smiley Desi boys who buzzed about the kitchen and dining areas. Every time they brushed past us; they’d ask how everything was. It stopped when I told them about my haddock…and was replaced by apologies. Baba, I don’t want sorry, I want what I came for – yummy fish and chips. At the end of the day, like Mirdif fish and chips, I was not impressed with Atlantic. Sadly Jack’s Plaice in Sports City has closed so the next time I get a craving for battered fish, I’ll just have to go to one of our local pubs, either Maison Mathis in Arabian Ranches, Le Petit Belge in Motor City and The Irish Village in Studio City – be it at double the price. Tip: I hear The Duck Hook at Dubai Hills Golf Club serves an amazing fish and chips.
I give Atlantic a Ravenous Rating of 2.5 from 5.0.
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