After years of being considered far away from everywhere and a bit of a dead town, Kennedy Town is fast becoming one of the coolest areas to be these days, with new restaurants opening all over the place (see our Kennedy Town Foodie roundup here). It’s certainly one of my favourite places to go when I want to get out of Central, and now having finally visited Catch on Catchick, I’ll definitely be frequenting it more.
Catch is a casual neighbourhood restaurant that specialises in seafood. With its whitewashed walls, gorgeous Balinese wicker lampshades, high ceilings and folding doors, it has a very open and inviting feel to it. Although there are only a couple of outside tables, the whole restaurant actually feels as if it were alfresco, which is just perfect for these cooler days.
Whilst the lunch and dinner menu, as mentioned, focuses largely on seafood, the weekend brunch menu is naturally focused around eggs, with a number of healthier options for those who like a lighter meal.
If I see grilled halloumi on a menu I am immediately drawn to it, so we began with an heirloom tomato and halloumi salad. Here the halloumi was cut into sizeable chunks grilled to perfection, without having that squeaky, rubbery texture. The tomatoes, Kalamata olives, basil and balsamic reduction paired nicely with the cheese, creating a medley of fresh, clean flavours to start the day well.
Having been advised by general manager Alex that the Brekkie Bap was easily the best thing on the menu, we obviously had to put this to the test. Clearly I haven’t tried everything on the menu, but this was definitely one of the favourites around the table. Layers of ham, cheddar cheese and a fried egg were sandwiched in a soft, floury bap with a deliciously tangy tomato relish and fresh rocket. The sweet potato crisps on the side are a bonus, especially if you put them inside the bap to give it an extra crunch!
Avocado on toast is always a winner. Catch’s Smashed Avo is mixed with feta, mint and lemon, served with perfectly poached eggs and the optional addition of smoked salmon. There’s nothing fancy about this dish, but the simple, fresh flavours shine through to create a delicious breakfast that’s both healthy and comforting.
My favourite of all the egg-based dishes we tried was without a doubt the Big Bad Ben. Think Eggs Benedict, but taken to another level; instead of bread, here the poached eggs sit atop two crunchy hash browns, drizzled in chilli-infused hollandaise, with chunks of avocado, bacon and chorizo. Hangover? What hangover?
Whoever says you can’t have dessert for breakfast is seriously mistaken. To balance out the savoury dishes, we shared a serving of French toast, served with candied peaches, fresh raspberries, pomegranate and mascarpone. The toast itself was heavenly soft, whilst the fruit and mascarpone kept it from being too sickly sweet.
Prices at Catch on Catchick are very reasonable, with most brunch dishes under $150 and the dinner menu around the same. I’m very keen to try out the fish and chips, which I’ve heard is one of the best in town, but for the moment I think I’ve found my new favourite breakfast place! Do you know what makes it even better? The outdoor area is dog friendly, so we can bring our four-legged friend along for brunch too!
Catch on Catchick, G/F, 93 Catchick Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2855 1289, www.catchoncatchick.hk