An indulgent feast of deliciousness starring some US 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 large exposed brick walls 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 from the brand’s branches in LA and New York, and have been known to host an A-lister or two. It sets a very good tone for the afternoon.
Brunch is à la carte and you get to pick a selection of starters 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.
Starters include kingfish tacos with fish so fresh it could have been caught that morning and 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.
This course also includes what our 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-bustingly good.
For mains, try the sunny-side-up eggs with succulent, peppery steak. It’s 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 you must have room for the Burj waffle – a towering dessert of waffles and ice cream. With a dollop of cream on top. And a knife stabbed through the middle.
Leave your guilty conscience at the door and get stuck in. You won’t regret it. 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 urban, upbeat setting.