Restaurant Review: all hail the humble Glasgow chippy

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Fish and chips has long been the teatime treat of choice in Glasgow. Who doesn’t remember their gran hankering after a fish supper come Friday?

But if Hooked — the takeaway causing a bit of buzz around the southside — is anything to go by, then Glasgow food fans are in search of a more discerning menu than the usual single fish.

A small shop front on Cathcart Road, it looks nothing more than a smartened up chippy — but one look at Hooked’s blackboard will have foodies planning their next trip even before they’ve decided on the colour of their sauce.

The choice available is great; haddock in traditional batter, crispy tempura or baked with pesto crumbs or even battered halloumi for veggies in need of more than just a poke of chips.

There are seasonings and sauces galore and a sides list providing tapas-style chip shop cuisine, all reasonably priced considering the quality of the produce.

The other half went the traditional route with a supper and mushy peas. While I’ll never understand an east coaster’s need to drown their food in ‘broon sauce’, I could see past it enough to sample flaky fish, crisp batter and excellent fresh chips.

There was only one slice of fish (I’m assured the standard is two, and even as a salt ‘n’ sauce devotee, I’ll assume he knows his suppers) and I found the peas just a bit too minty — but it was a decent portion and very well executed.

I opted for the more unusual chilli and garlic squid and sweet potato fries, and wasn’t disappointed. The squid was lovely; fresh and light with a garnish of chilli and spring onion providing enough nip to warm the cockles, while crunchy, sweet and savoury fries provided a nice alternative to the heaviness of an old-fashioned chip.

With rave reviews all over Hooked’s Facebook page, it’s clear that this chip shop is on the up — and it’s praise well deserved, having caught this reviewer hook, line and sinker.

Rating: 9/10

Hooked

1027 Cathcart Road

Mount Florida

G42 9XJ

Tel: 0141 649 3994