Why we think this seafood joint is the reel deal

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Innovation is great, but not everything in life needs to be revolutionised.

Case in point: the humble plate, increasingly sidelined as meals are being presented in more lavish and sometimes outright ridiculous ways.

Putting my love of plates to the side, I head to Hooked, a Louisiana-style seafood restaurant where the freshest catch is cooked in a bag.

Joining me is my American friend and foodie who knows exactly what to expect from a New Orleans boil.

At Hooked it’s all about plastic table covers, gloves and aprons. The menu is simple: you choose your seafood, sauce, spice and sides.

We share mussels, crab claws, shrimps and king crab legs, all with a medium spice.

Suitably covered up and armed with shell crackers, we prepare to dive in like a pair of seafood surgeons.

First things first, it’s obvious the catch is fresh, not frozen. The mussels are served on the half shell, tender and full of flavour. Having soaked up the incredible sauce and spice, it’s delicious.

The crab claws are just as good, but require a little work to get to the meat, though it’s worth it.

Stealing the show for Mr Americana is the shrimp: succulent, juicy and incredibly moreish, perfectly seasoned with a welcome kick.

For me, the main event is the king crab legs. These colossal pieces of sweet meat are some of the best pieces of seafood I’ve had in a long time, perfectly seasoned with chilli and butter. Outstanding.

Leaving nothing but two piles of shells, it’s fair to say we enjoyed every bite and we’ll be back for more soon.

NEED TO KNOW

Location: Hooked, Nadja Street, near City Seasons Hotel
We say: Prepare to get messy
Cost: AED 250 for two
Opening times: Daily 11am-midnight
Contact: 02 626 9918, facebook.com/hookedae

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