The Atkins Antidote
And The Friet
There are those who argue that the sinful potato is sent to test our waistlines with its starchy naughtiness and unashamed lack of protein, while others extol its virtues, and not without good reason: complete with its little brown jacket, the humble spud provides a good whack of fibre, 45% of our daily vitamin C and more potassium than a banana. Granted, fried potatoes might not be the way to go for a healthy 2014, but it’s January and we’re feeling the post-holiday blues, so let us ignore such minor details and instead welcome Tokyo’s first ever Belgian-style chip shop And The Friet!
There are about 100 varieties of edible potato which vary in size, shape, colour, starch content and flavour, but And The Friet has kept this to a stark 6 seasonal models – including genuine Belgian pommes de terre and Japanese sweet potatoes – available in customisable cuts like straight, wedge, half-cut, hash browns and the elusive curly. Meanwhile calories-be-damned adornments include herb-salt, caper berries, basil mayo, three cheese mousse, and avocado cream, as well as sides like falafel, popcorn shrimp and chilli con carne, with homemade ginger ale, Belgian draft beer, or whiskey and soda to accompany. If that doesn’t have you throwing your Atkins tome on the yakitori coals, we don’t know what will!