Our Story

Our story begins in 1981 when Iranian born Ali Jalilvand moved to Ireland only to find work on fishing trawlers in Galway. After gaining invaluable experience he saw a gap in the market and opened his first business a prawn peeling factory, called Pisces. The business was a success, and with that he sold the company to a customer in France. Through his friendships with fishermen all around the coast, he gained an enhanced understanding of the fishing industry and international business.  Ali then set up our wholesale company Four Leaf Clover in 1993, which supplies fish to hotels and restaurants in the West of Ireland.


Mermaid Fish Mongers - the humble beginning of Hooked Galway!
Ali's Fish Market provides fresh seafood for wholesale and retail

Branching out to provide the general public with the freshest seafood Ali opened his first fish mongers, Mermaids fish shop on Henry street, which is now named Alis Fish Market.

Through the success of Four Leaf Clover and Mermaids fish shop, Ali was able to open another fish mongers in Barna village in 2010.


In 2014 Ali’s love of the sea, brought him to his next venture. Through the help of his daughter Nuisin, Ali took a leap of faith and decided to open his first seafood restaurant, otherwise known as Hooked. The focus of the food is on fresh produce, from wild seafood, to organic veggies and homegrown herbs. The menus are created with the whole family in mind, whether you come for a quick bite, or a full course meal, from traditional fish and chips to its ever-changing daily specials there is something for everyone.

Hooked on Henry Street netted national acclaim from Georgina Campbell by winning Irish Seafood Restaurant of the year 2018 at the Ireland Guide Awards.


The Hooked Galway father and daughter team, Ali and Nuisin
Hooked Barna cooks up fresh and local seafood dishes for both dine-in and takeaway
Pastas, wraps, salads, tacos, and more at our award winning seafood restaurants

Hooked has been going from strength to strength with its recently extended premises in Barna, by incorporating a restaurant to the fish shop creating a special seafood experience. Hooked brings together all of the best elements of seafood cookery using the freshest of local seafood and shellfish.


Ali’s dreams did not stop there, homing in on the need to make meal times less stressful for busy working families, he developed our Hooked at Home products. Alis dreams continue to steer the business through stormy weather with the fish market, Hooked takeaway and Hooked at Home.

Join the Team

At Hooked Restaurant, we consider all of our crew to be part of our family. If you are enthusiastic, creative and passionate about delivering a top notch experience, consider joining the Hooked family. New crew are hired with the expectation that their skills will be developed for future promotion and career advancement.

Current employment openings are posted to this page as they become available, so check back often!

Currently Hiring:


Head Chef- Barna- https://ie.indeed.com/job/head-chefkitchen-manager-5697245595c7f953

Chef de Partie Henry Street https://ie.indeed.com/job/chef-de-partie-26d31b4aac767f1e

Kitchen Porter- Henry Street-https://ie.indeed.com/job/kitchen-porter-e6e933d1a34baada

Wait Staff- Henry Street & Barna-


To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to hookedonhenryst@gmail.com

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