If you haven’t yet make the venture to Brixton, now’s the time to visit the South London gem. On top of a bustling market, a vibrant independent cinema and gorgeous local eateries comes Pop, a pioneering new space full of local restaurants, bars and shops.
Pop Brixton is buzzing with new eateries and independent shops. Made from old freight containers, and a mix of chipboard and bubble wrap, it’s quite unlike any other space in London. The on trend, instagrammable space certainly seems to be a welcome addition to Brixton Market. Upon visiting the market we headed to Hook, a new fish and chip restaurant within the space for a bite to eat.
A form of modern day fish and chips, Hook was originally set up by two Irishmen in the heart of Dublin. It was such a success that the business grew at an astonishing rate, and before they knew it they had branches in both London and Brussels.
Their latest offering in Brixton is quite a space. Upon arrival we were led to our table inside the restaurant and handed a bottle of local the Brixton Brewery lager – Reliance Pale Ale. The venue is the picture of modern dining, the balcony tables overlook Brixton’s busy market. It’s fun, informal and friendly.
Once we had quenched our thirst we were shown a menu board with their Friday fish and chip offerings. In keeping with the rest of Brixton market, the menu is very simple, informal, and bursting with exotic flavours. We were offered a choice of Jamaican Jerk Panko Hake with Chipotle sauce, or the Lime, Mint and Wasabi Tempura of Seabass with a Basil Chilli Sauce.
We ordered a selection of both with their delicious house cut, twice cooked, seaweed-salted chips. We also had the celeriac, fennel and mustard seed slaw, and their deliciously creamy minted mushy peas. The fish arrives alongside your choice of tartar sauce, garlic truffle dip, ketchup, Cajun and chipotle sauce.
The fish, which arrives fresh from Cornwall on a daily basis, is all sustainably sourced. The melt in the mouth flavour, combined with the unique spicy batter and delicious panko crumb rub creates a heavenly mix of flavour’s.
Hook certainly makes a delicious and refreshing change from the usual mix of greasy fish and chips on offer, we would recommend as a great spot for a beer and a bite to eat with friends on a Friday night. Be prepared to arrive early though, it gets very busy due to the great location.
Hook Brixton, Pop Brixton, Brixton Station Road, London,+44 7477 007942. Nearest tube: Brixton