I've been wanting to go to Brasserie Les Halles ever since reading Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential. The fries here, called appropriately "Award-Winning French Fries" on the menu, are indeed delectable.
The potatoes are hand cut or perhaps cut from a press, but definitely not frozen. The fries arrived screaming hot (as all fries should be!) along with my Billi-Bi Moules–Mussels cooked in Saffron, Cream, and Vermouth. Some fries were crispier or softer than others. You would think such a variety would be disconcerting, but in fact this was akin to a delicious grab-bag.
Overall, the fries were deliciously crunchy on the outside, nice and cushy on the inside. High marks for awesomeness. I did need to salt them quite a bit though, but damn, that brought out their marvelousness.
Tip: Under the FRITES Menu, there's also Truffle Fries and Beef Cheek Poutine. Next time, Truffle Fries...
And: Someone posted Anthony Bourdain's recipe for these amazing fries here:
Price: Award-winning French Fries 7.00 as a side.
$21 with Mussels.
Portion Size: Large
Texture: Some crispier on outside than others. Some were soft, and yet still scrumptious. I don't know how.
Greasiness Level: 3 out of 5 (standard grease level)
Fried In: Peanut Oil
Condiments: Salt, pepper, ketchup. I actually felt they needed salt, but my companion didn't seem to think so.
Overall Quality of Regular French Fries: 9.5 out of 10. I just think they could of used some salt.