Five most interesting adaptations of French fries on Mumbai menus

Aug 18, 2013, 11:09 IST | Sonal Ved

The timeless junk food, French fries, has been stripped off its plain Jane avatar and is now being doled out in several gourmet versions

Thin, piping hot and crunchy, French Fries are an ideal snack to while away time in front of the idiot box, get over a breakup, celebrate weight loss or simply cater to midnight hunger pangs. Off late some restaurants have decided to gourmet up its mundane avatar.  On top of our list are the Herby fries at Olive Bar and Kitchen at Bandra, which serves hot fries sprinkled with a helping of Parmesan cheese and served with a smattering of chive leaves. Cheese-fries pairing seems to be a favourite combination for chefs in the city. Without any sauce, the chips retain their crispiness. Our search for hand-cut fries ended at the rooftop restaurant at Marine Drive with Rosemary-infused French fries at Dome, InterContinental where the fries were slender, golden-yellow and dusted with rosemary shreds and salt. 

French Fries with Minced Chicken at The Daily at Bandra. Pics/Satyajit Desai

French fries with herb-spiced minced chicken
The Daily at Bandra does a variety of exotic fries. For non-vegetarians, there are fries tossed with a helping of herb-spiced mince chicken. For cheese lovers, there are fries served with a dashing of cheddar sauce. But if you ask us, we’d straight jump into the bowl that serves them with spicy bean sauce. For one, they make up for the calorie overload that French fries assure.
The homemade sauce is a healthy mix of rajmah and black lentils that are flavoured with dry herbs and pack in tons of protein. Since heavy sauces can soften the fries a little too quickly, request them to serve it on the side for best results.
Price: Rs 190

French fries with chicken jus

French Fries with Chicken Jus at The Daily, Bandra

Truffle fries
Whether you are dining at the Woodside Inn’s cozy pub at Colaba or their all-day eatery in Andheri, Woodside’s truffle fries are a star on both the menus. Here, the elements are minimalistic -- pre-packaged potato batons are fried, tossed in flavoured oil and dusted with a sprinkling of rosemary and parmesan cheese. Though the restaurant serves them with a side of alio sauce, which is a combination of mayo and garlic, we suggest you eat them as it is. The truffle oil that is used to flavour these fries is so potently earthy, it matches just right with the fruitiness of rosemary.
Price: Rs 225

Truffle Fries with Parmesan and Rosemary at Woodside Inn at Colaba and Versova. Pic/Satyajit Desai

Loaded fries
At Sundance Cafe, the recently refurbished restaurant near Churchgate, eating fries is not an everyday affair. As the name goes, ‘loaded fries’ is a dish that aims to satisfy hunger pangs of three people at a time. It is essentially layers of potato chips that are tossed with Parmesan cheese, dunked in cheese sauce and cream, garnished with freshly chopped parsley. In terms of taste, the fries are mostly cheesy, thanks to the generous helping of aged cheddar sauce, but a refreshing touch is added by the occasional popping of chopped jalapeno pieces that flavour the sauce. While the dish has some seriously gluttonous ingredients thrown-in together, we recommend you have them with a heap of ketchup.
Price: Rs 220 

Loaded Fries at Sundance Café at Churchgate. Pic/Sameer Markande

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