Weekday and weekend brunch is what Catch 122 is known for. However, in addition to serving a deliciously hearty mid-morning spread, the restaurant also dishes up an array of mouthwatering temptations at dinner.
Having gained quite a sizeable brunch following, with lines forming for a table most weekends, dinner at Catch 122 is a much more relaxed affair.
Indeed, come dinner, Chef de Cuisine Jason Vallee (previously at Glowball Grill) and his talented team offer Catch 122’s guests a delectable list of summer-inspired small and large plates, each one as tempting as the next.
Diners after something light have a variety of choices at Catch 122, including chicharrons (pork rinds), homemade brioche with cultured butter, smoked olives, crispy octopus, cured trout, beef carpaccio, fried chicken, pea shoot salad, and more.
Catch 122’s smaller plates are not only great for those with smaller appetites but are also an excellent way to sample a few dishes when shared in a tapas-style fashion.
When it comes to heartier fare the kitchen dishes up comfort-focused meals, which satisfy and please the pallet.
Pillowy ricotta gnocchi (topped with smoked ham hock, green peas, cured egg yolks and pea shoots) and a juicy flat iron steak (accompanied by sorrento raab, smoked farro and an onion puree) are on the current menu, and showcase the restaurant’s use of fresh, high-quality, seasonal ingredients, in addition to Valee’s refined cooking style.
Although not trained as a pastry chef, Vallee certainly has a way with dessert. The beautifully presented Lemon Curd is utterly divine and quite frankly worth the visit to Catch 122 alone. Delicately dolloped over a graham cracker crumble and topped with tiny lavender meringues, whipped cream and lemon balm, this light, citrusy, crunchy sweet is guaranteed to leave patrons on a high.
In terms of what’s available at the bar, there’s a selection of wine and beer, in addition to a range of carefully crafted cocktails. Whether its stirred, shaken or poured, barman Nathan Jackman not only mixes classic concoctions but also a variety of house specialties like the “Chilled Girlfriend” — a refreshing mix of London dry gin, elderflower liqueur, fresh lemon, muddle cucumber and fresh basil.
While Catch 122’s edible delights and libations ensure a wonderful meal is had, so does the restaurant’s overall charm and character. The high-ceilinged space follows an industrial-chic theme, and as such is home to exposed brick walls, warehouse-style lighting, worn wooden accents, and polished concrete flooring.
With a range of enticing dishes, capturing local flavours, Catch 122’s dinner menu certainly delivers, therefore the next time you’re on the dinner crawl be sure to drop by this West Hastings Bistro.
Address: 122 West Hastings Street, Gastown