I love taking people down to Found 158 for the first time. Always the same reaction of a raised-eyebrow with a pouted lip followed by, ‘woah you’d never know this place exists!’. Its true. Strolling down Julu Lu you wouldn’t have a clue that this giant fish bowl houses a dynamic mix of quality restaurants and bars. Amongst these is Hooked, a seafront inspired restaurant and bar serving up classic British/Aussie/New Zealand (take your pick) style meals. You’re sure to find these breeds of expats gathering at this watering hole when they’re craving a taste of home.
They’ve got daily deals throughout the week on food and drinks, my favourite being the 2 for 1 fish and chips on a Monday. Battered, crumbed or grilled. Or if you’re feeling like something a little more decadent I’d go for the lobster mac and cheese. Drinks menu has a good selection of cocktails and craft beers and if you feel like getting messy on a Wednesday night there’s 2 for 1 gin n tonics.
Growing up down under I’ve had my fair share of everything from exceptional to horrendous fish and chips and everything in between. Hooked’s version is pretty darn good. I’ve tried both crumbed (nice) and battered (the best) versions (grilled fish n chips is not a thing). I was impressed with how well the fish was cooked and the mayo n mushy peas are a nice addition.
Having tried many of the other restaurants at Found 158 I think Hooked deserves its spot. Although it may be the least ‘exotic’ of the bunch it does its thing well and delivers on a crowd favourite. I can see this being a popular spot even with the weather cooling down, those hearty comfort meals will go down a treat!
Price for 2 (incl drinks): 260 (2 for 1 Mondays)
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