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It was a boy's night out on a friday night and we decided to head down to Rail Mall's Hooked! restaurant on my suggestion. As none of us possess a vehicle, the only way down was by bus. Quite a long trip from each of our houses as rail mall is quite a distance from any MRT stations. The restaurant gave a very homely and comfortable feeling. The staff was very attentive and approachable.
Pacific Bonanza ($48.80)
This dish was stated on the menu that serves about 2 - 3 persons so my 2 other friends and I decided to give this a try. It comes with a choice of rice or fried linguini for each person. The dish included of 4 Mussels, 4 Clams, 2 Crayfish, 6 Prawns and steamed Calamari in Sweet mayo sauce. The quality of the food is good. The mussels and clams were very fresh. The prawns came with some unknown sauce but tasted unique in a good way. The crayfish was delicious but there is only 2 of it. The calamari in mayo tasted very average.
Poached Salmon ($12.90)
My friend had the poached salmon and he mentioned it is very similar to that from Ikea. I had a piece of it and I agreed with my friend's opinion. The dish came with steamed potatoes, carrots and brocolli.
Shark Vindaloo ($9.50)
This is actually curry shark rice to put it simply. The curry tasted a little sweet and not too spicy which is good for those who does not like their curry to be too spicy. The shark meat tasted no much different from other fish meat. Only maybe it is a bit tougher than others.
All in all, quality seafood in a very comfortable setting. The downside is the quantity of it, espcially when you are feeling hungry or you have a big appetite. Be sure to order for more if you are a big eater. Price wise, most of us agreed it is a little high considering the amount of quantity given.
When you hang out with a group of friends and wanted seafood for dinner, Fish & Co, Manhattan Fish Market, Greenwood Fish Market and even newly-opened Seafood Harvest by Jack’s Place will spring into mind. There is another option actually, introducing Hooked! A quaint little fish restaurant specialising in fusion cuisine, Hooked! creations try to push the boundaries of marine gastronomic expectations to a different level.
While MFM and Fish & Co both specialises in American-style seafood, with its fish & chips, Seafood platter among its signature dishes, Hooked! took the ”healthy” approach by offering more steamed variety of fishes in addition to the fried ones. Actually if you think that MFM and Fish & Co have different variety of seafood, then you are wrong.
Hooked! is the place to be if you want many variety of seafood, from the normal fish & chips, to snappers, groupers, salmons and even to Seabass, and Cod fish. With so many fishes to choose from, the next problem is how do you want the fish to be done? Deep-fried, Barbecued, Pan-grilled, Roasted, Steamed, Pan-seared, Baked, Grilled, you name it they have it. You’ll know when you see the comprehensive and colourful menu, lots of choices to go around, it all depends on how far you want to try.
Fish & Chips ($13.50)
Hmm.. The fish & Chips was good i guess, but then again coming to a special seafood restaurant like Hooked!, i think it will be a better choice to try other special fish and methods of cooking. Nevertheless its a decent option if you are not feeling too adventureous.
Grilled Jumbo Snapper with spicy tomato sauce ($15.50)
Choice of with or without market-fresh squids. Served with sauteed potato and asparagus. The spicy tomato sauce did not cover the freshness of the snapper, instead, it helps to bring up the flavour of the fish, giving it a sweet and hot taste. Take the Grilled Jumbo Snapper with spicy tomato sauce if you are feeling faint after reading the long list of menu and not knowing what to order.
Steamed Cod Thai Cantonese Style ($22.80)
Snowy-white fresh cod steamed in fish broth. Drizzled with heated seasame oil & soy sauce upon serving. Also served with a side dish of panfried linguine or rice. This is one of the more expensive fish around, but it is understood as Cod fish are naturally at the higher end as compared to the other fishes available. But then the steamed Cod Thai Cantonese style falls flat when served, partly is because the fish was rather bland in taste, perhaps due to the fact it is steamed, and after having the colourful taste of spicy tomato sauce, and Balsamic Ragenov sauce, this one is not as tasteful. Nonetheless, it is a good option if you want to have steamed fish for a change.
Pan-grill jumbo Seabass in Balsamic Ragenov sauce ($14.80)
Capping off the delightful meal was the Pan-grill jumbo Seabass in Balsamic Ragenov sauce. The flavours contained within were maturely paired and showed a different side to the chef’s ability. What exactly is Balsamic Ragenov sauce, that remains a mystery even after finishing the whole dish. But without a doubt, the sauce was good and offers a unique taste. Furthermore, the linguine was very smooth to the mouth, and the side order of the linguine cost just 2 bucks.
Tofu Otah ($7.90)
The tofu otah was quite good, cheese was topped onto the tofu and otah, but then the price was rather expensive. Best served eaten hot.
Hooked! boasts a pantry of the freshest fish, paired with adventurous preparations. It provides a different dimension from the usual deep-fried and grilled seafood, offering many different methods of serving the fish and seafood fresh. Western cuisine is fused with Asian flair, with the originality of these flavours will definitely hooked up any diners, fish lovers or not. For people who do not fancy fish, there is a column called the anti-fish, which offers three options of meat, but then again why are you ordering meat in a seafood fish restaurant?
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” Marine gastronomic to a whole new level “
This is the way fish should be served!
Here's a new place the girlfriend and I found that's a joy to visit.
The girlfriend and I had ordered the lovers' platter for 2 where there were very nice grilled scallops, but I thought it was spoiled by their fried stuff. So I think it is better to order individual main courses.Their side dishes are really good too, especially their potatoes and linguine, only 80 cents each.
Few things that I love about this place.
Their method of preparing their fish.
Usually steamed, poached or grilled, the fish retains its flavor and is light on the palate. When you have fresh fish, this is the way to go because the freshness is a huge factor for the taste and texture. Of course, these methods are healthier, though it also means it's easier to make room for more food.
Variety of fish
The main difference here is a more local variety of fish. Think grouper, sea bass, salmon, pomfret. Yes, I think this is the main reason why this restaurant chose to steam, poach and grill.
Options of side dishes
I thought this is a good idea, especially when other seafood restaurants like Manhattan Fish Market and Fish & Co always load tons of rice and fries.You get to to add side dishes at 80 cents and onwards per dish so that you can concentrate on the taste of the main attraction.
Family friendly - Spacious and relaxed
There is this empty space right after the entrance that is really good for children to move around in. Another honorable mention goes to the smiley fries, which the girlfriend and I dubbed "smelly flies", thanks to our local accent (Singlish lah). I think they owners didn't want to fill up the place with tables for profit and instead chose to keep it spacious for less staff to serve the customers more effectively. I didn't feel rushed in this place and I like that. The Girlfriend also mentioned that the choice of colors (yellow and blue) was very effective in setting th relaxed mood. Best of all, the customers were all in really relaxed attire - t-shirts, bermudas and sandals. Very cozy.
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