From Doolally to The J to D:Oh, these are the places to indulge in your love for fries.
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What’s not to like about French fries? It’s a food that turns up at both five-star hotels and roadside food stalls—thick or curly, cooked with or without skin, served Belgian-style in paper cones or in a parchment-lined basket with fancy dips on the side. Delish!

Though the origin of the fry is somewhat cloudy as the French and the Belgians still can't agree about which country invented them, they are the perfect vehicles for cheesy, spicy sauces. But how do you know a good one? “The best fries are made from fresh-cut potatoes and double-fried, which adds crispness,” says Chef Rakesh Talwar, who has been dishing out the tastiest fries at Café Cubano, Mumbai.

The perfect fries will sing to you with its crisp exterior achieved through a perfectly-timed fry (or two, and sometimes even three) in oil that’s just the right temperature. The soft, fluffy interior is perfectly cooked and certainly not dry. And above all the mouthwatering golden-brown hue. When all of these elements come together, they create the perfect fry, no condiments or dips necessary.

Although the battle for the best French fries is a fierce one we have rounded up the seven places to start your calorie-laden food adventure.

The J

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If you spot a swarm of people outside a small store in Thakur village, in Kandivili, it’s probably The J. This grab and go outlet does freshly cut fries topped with melted cheese and sauces. Some would argue that the fries tend to get drowned out a bit in the avalanche of flavours. But who cares? Though the Kandivili outlet sticks to vegetarian options the Carter Road and Churchgate outposts please the carnivores with options like The J in the Jungle which is shredded chicken served with jalapeno, cheese and chili garlic sauce. A must try here is the Sausage Fries where chunky chicken sausages and fries are dunked in barbecue sauce. Add to your caloric guilt with the Red Velvet Cakeshake or the Peanut Butter Shake.

Prices: Rs 80-150
Where: Aangan, Siddharth Nagar 4, Kanakiya, Thakur Village, Kandivali East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400101. (Two more outlets at Carter Road and Churchgate.)
Tel: 022 49704907.

D:Oh!

There’s a whole lot to love about the fries at D:0h the newly launched café from the house of deGustibus. They’re cut to just the right thickness to be super-crisp on the outside but soft and fluffy on the inside, and an expert fry in oil leaves them all but greaseless. But it’s the red and green sriracha sauce, cheese, mustard seeds and chilies they’re topped with that elevate them to new heights. It’s served screaming hot. D:Oh! also serves burgers, sandwiches and fish and chips, all of which pair well with the golden fries.

Price: Rs 199
Where: Ground Floor, Unit 2B, Trade View, Kamala City, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai.
Tel: 022 33716045

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Doolally

The house fries at Doolally are shockingly addictive: The more you have, the more you’ll want. They're full of flavour and super-crispy, and you’ll devour the whole serving without even realizing it. Thick and served with five dipping sauces - a mint chutney, garlic aioli, herbed cheese dip, ketchup and mango salsa, these really are a thing of beauty.

They are salty and tasty as hell, but it would be a shame to fill up on them, as the beers (especially the Hefeweizen, Doolally’s signature, unfiltered beer) is delicious as well.

Price: Rs 250
Where: Shop Nos. 5 and 6, Geleki, ONGC Colony, near Lilavati Hospital, Bandra Reclamation, Bandra West.
Tel: 9820570311.

Dinshaw’s Xpress Café

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Who said you can't eat fries for breakfast? Even better when they are served with sausages, sunny side up, topped with loads of cheese and baked to perfection. The Khan's Kheema here is another star dish where melt in the mouth mince is topped with fries and layered with cheese. Huge portions make sharing easy (assuming that you want to). And while we are at it, don’t ignore the shakes here – straight out of Charlie and the chocolate factory!

Price: Rs 229-300
Where: Dinshaw's Xpress Cafe, 6, Windermere, Off Link Road, Oshiwara, Andheri West.
Tel: 9004530507

Café Cubano

You can't ignore the french fries at Café Cubano. They are not the skinny, shoestring-style fries but robust and perfect all around. The toppings of peri peri, manchurian and chili garlic take the humble fries to even greater palate-exploding heights. The secret lies in the cooking. Chef Rakesh Talwar deep freezes the boiled potatoes and then fries them twice – once as it is and then after sprinkling them with rice flour. They are then lightly drizzled with salt and vinegar. The straightforwardly awesome fries are served topped with kheema and accompanied by a cheesy dip. If you have never dipped fries into buttery cheesy dip before, we apologize in advance for the extra calories.

Prices: Rs 170-190
Where:
Pratik Avenue, Nehru Road,Vile Parle East, Opp Shiv Sagar Hotel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400057. (The Tardeo outpost is closed for renovation. )
Tel: 022 2618 2092.

VJ Café

If you crave fries in Vile Parle, VJ Café is a natural choice. But your decisions aren’t over yet. Will it be Chilly Cheese fries, BBQ Cheese fries, Pizza fries or the Tandoori fries? With an entire menu devoted to fries it could be a very tough choice indeed. But if you haven't tried the Cheese Potato Twister, you should. It’s a single potato spiral drizzled with cheese and desi masala. This is truly potato nirvana.

Prices: Rs 70-130
Where: Shop 2, Ground Floor, Shree Nataraj Building, Opposite Bhaidas Auditorium, JVPD Lane, Vile Parle West, Mumbai
Tel: 022 69999074/9833391625

The Good Wife, BKC

The impeccably golden potato wands at The Good Wife are dusted with parmesan and drizzled with truffle oil. The fries are served with three dips - marinara sauce, Truffle Mayo and Honey Mustard. Fried to perfection the crisp, rippled shell yields gently to a soft, piping-hot interior. Just goes to prove that even a humble fry can be rendered elegant in the right hands.

Price: Rs.200
Where: Ground Floor, Block G, The Capital, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai.
Tel: 022 4003 9433

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