East End Hamilton just got a little bit more dangerous!! HammerHead’s is here and alive more than ever.
I was super excited to hear that a new seafood restaurant was opened recently on Ottawa Street; 80 Ottawa Street North, Hamilton to be specific. If you know me, my taste buds are always tingling when it comes to seafood. And I think Chef Scoot knows it all, his menu includes 2 main sections: Fish & Chips and Seafood dishes. The restaurant is well marketed with a big ocean blue sign saying “East End – HammerHead’s – Seafood “. In another word, it’s a great statement for “We Are Here – This Is Us – We Have Things to Offer “.
With all the being said, here is my idea for HammerHead’s. They really should have patio during summer time. It will allow customers to stay and enjoy the freshly cooked foods without being smoked; especially, for those who live far away and take the bus like me.
Now, let’s talk about the foods. As a group, we ordered Prawn Poutine, Haddock Fish and Chips, and Sri Lankan Fish Curry.
The Prawn Poutine was my worst enemy. Not because it wasn’t good, but because I couldn’t figure out what was in it. The poutine was served with a tomato based sauce. I tasted a hint of zest in it; perhaps some kind of citrus. Perhaps, I was totally wrong. Perhaps, I was making a fool of myself. Oh god, I hate and love this dish so much. I LOTE it. As I already embarrassed myself, I think there were dried shredded coconut in it as well. Yup, I said it. Sue me!! On top of the amazing and mysterious sauce was a decent amount of shrimps and shredded cheese. The shrimps were huge and cooked to perfections.
The Haddock Fish and Chips perfectly fit for my taste. The fish was tender and juicy. It was protected from the boiling oil by the crispy and crunchy golden batter. In my opinion, the fish and chips were seasoned nicely. The amount of salt was right on. If you want to go for a more salty taste, there are salt packages on the table ready to be used. The dish came with one free side including Tartar, Curry Sauce, and Mushy Peas Slaw option. You can order more side for just a dollar more. That’s a steal.
The last dish was my order: Sri Lankan Fish Curry. I will be completely honest. I didn’t have much expectation for this dish. First of all, curry fish isn’t my thing. That two ingredients shouldn’t stay together at all. Something about the fishy taste and curry taste throws me off. Second of all, most of the curry dishes in Canada are served with Jasmine rice. I’ve been eating rice for my whole life, and this type of rice is the worst one. It doesn’t have a good texture, and the taste is weird.
I ordered it because other options were taken and I wanted to try every item at least once. Let’s me tell you, Chef Scott delivered it. The curry was nothing near any regular curry in the town. It tasted almost like the taste of the curry in my country. It wasn't overly strong and had a nice touch of coconut milk to enhance the richness. Chef Scott also pan fried the rice changing the bad original texture of it. I truly appreciated this extra step. I was taken by surprise and fell in love with it immediately. At this point, I was too busy stuffing my face into the dish and completely forgot to be social. Oup.
I can’t wait to come back to HammerHead’s for my next food adventure. I will do a takeout this time to see if the foods survive and remain fresh. I’m also hoping the next time I come back to the restaurant Chef Scott would surprise me again with additional menu items.