Catch – The Oyster Bar
What a great last minute decision to head to Catch on the main level Oyster Bar last night. Located downtown wedged in between the Calgary Telus Convention Centre and Hyatt hotel. First time for me, second time for Fuzzy, but this is the first sit down meal for him here. I wasn’t sure what to expect, I knew it was good, but I’ve always seem to hear that the restaurant has had it’s ups and downs with chef changes but I hear it’s on the up and it’s been like this for some time.
I have a huge love for oysters, raw, cooked, fried, in a sandwich, give them to me fresh and I’ll eat them any way. Love them. We ended up in The Oyster Bar because that is what they had available for reservation and from looking at the two different menus the Oyster Bar is what my tastes would prefer. I was expecting some stuffy uptight restaurant but it was completely the opposite, totally casual, lively and comfortable. All it was missing was an ocean beside it to really think we were getting really fresh oysters.
There were 6 of us for supper which allowed us to order a ton of different food. We first started off with half dozen Oysters Casino (bell petter-sahllot butter, grand padano, bread crumbs), if you’ve ever been to New Orleans, I was expecting them to be like chargrilled oysters from Acme Oyster House, they were somewhat close but not as good, don’t get me wrong they were still good. Next up was the Oysters Rockefeller (wilted spinach, hollandaise), Fuzzy’s wife had these and she said they were some of the best she’s ever had. Fuzzy and I split a dozen fresh West Coast oysters, honestly don’t know the difference between West and East, they are all good to me. These were cold, fresh, and the hot sauce, fresh horseradish and mignonette were perfect. I could have eaten 300 of these. We also shared with the table a Cast Iron Steam Cocotte of Mussels and Clams in Provencal, this is what I’ll get as my main next time and not share, make sure you save room for lots of bread to soak up all the goodness in the bottom.
For our entrees we mixed it up a bit, I had a half dozen Fried Oysters which was beer battered, with tartar sauce and slaw, this was delicious and all I could imagine was putting this in between a nice po’ boy bun. Great Slaw too! Fuzzy had the House made Dungeness Crab Cakes with spicy asian aioli. Just loaded up with delicious crab meat and was cooked to perfection. My wife had the Bouillabaisse for $22 and it was made of Anise shellfish broth, scallops, prawns, fresh fish, mussels, clams with a grilled baguette, I ate half the dish and wow what a great deal for all that seafood, broth was nice, and flavours were fantastic, this is another dish I’d order next time. Fuzzy’s wife had the Arctic Char with Carrot Coconut Reduction which she enjoyed very much.
Last up was the dessert, the waitress sold us on the Apple Pie and with Vanilla Bean Gelato (I think), we had 3 orders of this because we were all suckers for apple pie, unfortunately it did not live up to the hype, it was a boring crust, undercooked apples but the gelato and the apple chip that came with it was awesome.
We really enjoyed Catch – The Oyster Bar, service was great, food was amazing, and the atmosphere was fun casual. I know we will come here more often and not take 10 years to try it. I already have plans on what I’m going to eat next time. Start with a dozen fresh oysters, have the Cast Iron Steam pot and half dozen Fried Oysters. I’m now extremely hungry!
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