Whether it’s for after work drinks, a lazy Sunday afternoon pint or tea out with friends and family, Princes Avenue has proved itself for many years as the place to be.
With bars and restaurants all regularly full to the brim with punters, it is often difficult to decide on where to go for food.
However, a recent trip to Bait has settled those problems for me and my family, as I think we might just have found the best seafood restaurant in the area.
Located at the top of Princes Avenue opposite Pearson’s, Bait is painted a light, olive green and is perfect for a romantic meal or somewhere to treat the entire family.
We had to book when the four of us went on a Thursday, and the restaurant had a fantastic atmosphere.
The décor is well thought out with nautical nuances and driftwood adorning the walls, as well as dim lighting for added ambience.
We were greeted and seated at one of the booth-style tables, and immediately got to ordering a round of drinks before perusing the menu.
This was the difficult part. We knew we wanted more than one course, but the choice on offer is so tantalising it’s a tough choice to make.
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Eventually, for starters we opted for Yorkshire ham hock terrine with piccalilli and rye bread (£7), seared scallops with raisin puree, cauliflower and crispy onions (£9) and tandoori cod cheeks with carrot salad, podina chutney and raita.
We waited about 20 minutes for our starters, which was just the right amount of time for us all to catch up over drinks, and we were very impressed with what we saw.
The scallops were sweet and perfectly cooked, and the ham hock was moist and plentiful.
The star of the show had to be the tandoori cod cheeks. It had plenty of spice and was perfectly soft but packed with tandoori flavour. A definite must for when we return.
Bait has an ever-changing specials board to choose from and the menu consists of plenty of local produce.
Also, if it’s something a tad cheaper you’re looking for then your prayers have been answered with the midweek price fixed at £34 per head.
Available Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, you can choose from the fixed menu items including calamari, tempura king prawns, stuffed sea bream, belly pork and salmon. You even get a pudding with that, too.
Our mains arrived 15 minutes after our starters had left, and we were presented with our choices of seafood linguine with crab butter, cream and white wine (£13), grilled lemon sole with baby leeks, clams, new potatoes and crab butter (£18), sea bass with Whitby crab with parmentier potatoes, spinach, samphire and saffron vinaigrette (£17) and belly pork and tiger prawns with apple puree, braised red cabbage, potato fondant and red wine jus (£17).
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The seafood linguine was rich and full of flavour, and was packed with langoustines and king prawns, as well as mussels and squid.
The Whitby crab was well-flavoured and went well with the sea bass, and the lemon sole was cooked perfectly.
The star of this round was the belly pork: soft, sumptuous and full of flavour. The garlic prawns were a great pairing and the apple puree brought a welcome tang.
We were all rather quiet while devouring our meals, and only looked up to order more of the house wine, which was lovely.
As usual, we all proclaimed how stuffed we were, and how we couldn’t eat another thing, but soon had our arms twisted with the presentation of the dessert menu.
One of my fellow diners went for a trio of ice creams that included flavours such as coconut, chocolate and salted caramel.
I went for the cheese, but I ended up being forced to share it as everyone else couldn’t stand salivating watching me enjoy myself. With a selection of well-chosen cheese, the dish came with fruit cake and a myriad of different crackers, as well as a tomato chutney.
We left Bait feeling full, fulfilled and definitely pleased enough to be making a return trip.
Considering Hull’s fishing heritage, it always amazes me that there aren’t more seafood and fish restaurants in the city. But then I suppose when you do it as well as Bait, you don’t need many because there is already a go-to restaurant for all things marine.
Bait Fish & Grill
Where: 13-15 Princes Avenue
Call: 01482 343088
Open: Tuesday to Sunday from noon to 2.30pm and 5pm to 9pm.
Accessibility: Step-free access
Vegetarian: Options available
Family friendly? Yes
Parking: On street