Located in JBR (Jumeriah Beach Residence), one of our favourite parts of Dubai, Catch 22, a newly opened casual-dining restaurant has opened its doors. Eclectically decorated, with a beautiful, big teared deck that faces that ocean, it’s a fantastic place to sit and enjoy the comings and goings of the area.
With a focus on seafood and quality meet and with menu items that take inspiration from Asia and Mexico, you’re sure to find something to suit your tastes at Catch 22.
As we were invited to sample the Catch22’s new menu, we were given the choice of three set options – seafood, meat lovers or vegetarian. Nathan loves seafood, but I’m not such a fan so it was an easy choice to go with the meat-based menu and a lot of it really impressed us.
We started with the most delicious drinks – a virgin pina colada and a berry and mango smoothie. Both were a treat, but the pina colada was especially tasty. In the UAE most restaurants serve a great assortment of non-alcoholic cocktails which is great news for us as we’re not big drinkers.
When it came to our food, the plates were brought out to us on the deck as they were ready and were perfectly presented for sharing.
We started the night off well with their filet minion sticks; these were tender and cooked beautifully and best of all, came with the most delicious, soy based sauce (which we kept aside to enjoy on some of our other dishes – it was that good).
From there we moved onto the cheeseburger quesadillas. Cut in three, they were exactly what you’d imagine – burger patties sandwiched between wraps and toasted, served with plenty of cheese, sour cream and guacamole.
The largest dish of the night was the double stack angus club sandwich, which, served with wedges, was also our favourite. Delicious slithers of steak came cooked in a subtle BBQ sauce with capsicums and onions (which I promptly removed – anyone that knows me, knows that I’m not a fan). The bread was nicely toasted and slathered in a tasty sauce, served with melted cheese. Sometimes the simple options really are the best – this dish was delicious and not at all sickly as dishes that contain BBQ sauce can sometimes be. One to return for, for sure!
Nathan finished his meal with the C22 short rib roll – an enjoyable fusion of sushi and deboned short rib steak. It was a nice, light ending to the savoury part of our meal.
Almost undoubtedly though, the highlight of any meal for me is dessert and checking out the menu, they sure did look delicious! We were tossing up between an amazing sounding fruit crumble and the popcorn chocolate ganache which we eventually decided on.
It looked fantastic when it arrived but, as with any restaurant, the odd teething problem might be expected. Though we ordered it with vanilla ice cream it came out with pistachio ice cream (which it turns out, we’re not fans of) and though the idea of the dessert was good, it didn’t quite stand up to our expectations. The filling was too chocolatey (I would have questioned whether there was such a thing prior to this – turns out there is) and the cookie undercooked and floury tasting. On the bright side though, the raspberries were fresh and juicy and the dessert did look impressive (plus, we’ve since read awesome reviews of it so maybe it just wasn’t out night).
We’ve heard fantastic things about the lotus french toast and it comes in a generous portion so that would definitely be our first pick next time around!
Would we return to Catch 22? Absolutely! We really enjoyed our entrees and mains and the location can’t be beaten. We liked the casual, quirky feel of the restaurant and the prices were very reasonable for the food on offer. We’d certainly recommend it as a relaxed place to meet friends for a bite to eat!
Thank you to Azur Blue and Catch 22 for welcoming us as their guests. As always, all thoughts are our own.