Hook, Line and Sinker (HLS) is a one-of-a-kind fine-dining seafood restaurant in Karachi, Pakistan. As soon as I got the invite to the inauguration from my friends at Food Connection Pakistan, I could smell something fishy (pun intended). Someone wise one asked:
When was the last time you did something for the first time?
So even though (most types of) seafood and I don’t get along very well, I decided to embark on this adventure. Turns out, it was a pretty neat place but since it was an inauguration, they were serving drinks and canapes only. If the appetizers were any indication of the food HLS would be serving, I’d recommend die-hard seafood fans to DEFINITELY check it out. Unfortunately though, I can’t really review a restaurant till I have eaten a proper meal there, or read their menu for that matter, but I did have loads of fun taking photographs of the restaurant itself. Plus, I got to meet the owner, a man who’s as passionate about food as I am, if not more; listening to him talk about his HLS journey so far was very very inspiring. I wish him and his team all the success as they open for public tonight.
My advise to the management:
- Keep your menu simple; fine dining is all about giving customers the best culinary experience money can buy, and that includes giving them EXACTLY what they want. If your menu is too elaborate, you may end up having consistency issues with your dishes.
- An essential element of fine dining is they way your food is presented. Know what works for your dish and learn to edit/restrain yourself when required.
- Hear the customers out; they are your best critics and can really give some valuable inputs.
So without further ado, here is a sneak-peak into HLS.