An indulgent feast of deliciousness starring some super all-American treats
Time Out Dubai staff
Stepping into brunch at Catch is like stepping into a New York City nightclub. The super-cool, hip-hop beats played by the DJ with seriously good taste, hook you and reel you in.
Inside it feels stylish, urban and industrial. Graffiti murals adorn the exposed brick walls, sheets of metal are riveted to the bar and the deep red comfy leather booths make the whole thing feel effortlessly dapper.
The mostly American staff greet you with that warm US-style welcome and they’re very well versed on how to treat guests – they’ve been brought in to run this outpost from the brand’s branches in LA and New York, and since they’ve been known to welcome an A-lister or two, it’s no surprise. It sets a very good tone for the afternoon.
Brunch here is à la carte – there’s no buffet and therefore no need to leave the comfort of those booths, which you’ll find yourself reclining in by the end of the afternoon.
You get to pick from a list of starters – you can try them all (we did) – and a main course each.
You may well know Catch for its flair for fish – it won the Best Seafood gong at our recent Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards, but this is a no-holds-barred feast of all-American classics – with some souped up seafood options in there for good measure.
Bring your appetite (and wear loose clothes) and tuck into the starters. There are mini lobster rolls stuffed to the brim with the meaty crustacean. It’s sweet, buttery and mixed into a creamy dressing, making it extremely moreish (we order a second helping). There are also kingfish tacos with fish so fresh it could have been caught that very morning. The poached egg and avocado on toast and crispy batter-coated rock shrimp round off the delicious set.
This course also includes what staff call a palate cleanser, but it’s basically a half-time dessert – pancakes with cream cheese frosting, berries and berry sauce. So far, oh-so belly-busting, but you won’t want to pass on any of it.
Next, dive into mains such as fried chicken and waffles and steak and eggs. Or opt for the ultra-rich lobster croque madame, complete with Gruyère cheese, béchamel sauce, fried egg and caviar. There’s also a wonderfully spiced, crunchy quinoa burger for the, erm, health-conscious, and omelette for a bit of a lighter option.
At least one of the American classics must be tried. The sunny-side-up eggs with succulent, perfectly seasoned, peppery steak, which our knife glides through like butter, is a stand-out dish, but if you’ve never tried the sweet and savoury taste of crunchy deep-fried chicken combined with buttery waffles, all drenched in sweet maple syrup, it’s a true friend to your taste buds (if a mortal enemy to your waistline).
Just know that by the end, you simply must have room for the ultimate of desserts – the Burj waffle – a towering treat of waffles and ice cream. With a dollop of cream on top.
And a knife stabbed through the middle.
Every mouthful of this brunch is an indulgent bite of true comfort food goodness. Leave your guilty conscience at the door and don’t look back.
Just get stuck in. You’ll have no regrets. Dhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs399 (house beverages), Dhs449 (bubbly and mixed drinks). Sat 1pm-4pm. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 357 1755).
The bottom line A hearty all-American offering in a seriously cool setting.